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Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

51 James Street Northbridge | Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
+61 8 9228 6300
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Something to engage your imagination

PICA is a printing term, pronounced "peeka." PICA is in the old James St Tech building in what is... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2017
Jeffry B
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Melbourne, Australia
Interesting building

The building was lovely and exhibitions was interesting. The cafe / bar attached was excellent... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
geowyo
,
newcastle,nsw
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Housed in a large and striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, Western Australia, PICA is the city’s focal point for those wishing to experience the best of Australian and international visual, performance and interdisciplinary art. PICA is both a producing and presenting institution that runs a year round program of curated exhibitions, seasons in contemporary dance, theatre and performance and a range of interdisciplinary projects. It boasts one of the largest and most breath-taking exhibition spaces in Australia and has become known for the leading role it plays in the presentation of significant new work. PICA’s key aim is to promote, support and present contemporary arts and to stimulate critical discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues. Providing a site for experimentation, critical analysis, discussion and debate is fundamental to its charter. PICA is known for the rigour and breadth of its artistic and education programs, high production standards and impeccable presentation. In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and mature artists whilst promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
18 Mar 2017
“Interesting building”
17 Oct 2016
“Always interesting”
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51 James Street Northbridge | Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Perth CBD
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

PICA is a printing term, pronounced "peeka." PICA is in the old James St Tech building in what is now the cultural precinct. Roughly translated, "contemporary art" is new art. If you were raised on traditional art, you may not like it, but you may...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The building was lovely and exhibitions was interesting. The cafe / bar attached was excellent. When I was there it was multimedia exhibitions.

Thank geowyo
Reviewed 17 January 2017

They were in between exhibits when we visited so there wasn't much to see. Check their website to know the timeframes for exhibits. The building is mainly used for performances.

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Okay there's always something interesting to see at PICA and it's different as you'd expect from contemporary art. There's also good food and drinks at the PICA bar on the corner too.

Thank KarolaRS
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Contemporary art exhibitions for free? Yes please! Or, at least it's always been free while I was in Perth. Anyways, I always returned every time the exhibition changes. Every exhibition has something to offer and they never fail to give me inspiration and reflection. Come...More

Thank n1tomiss
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Edgy contemporary art and up there in world standards. It reasonable small and is well worth a leisurely hour getting involved

Thank flatstanli
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I had a day to kill in Perth so started off at the art gallery before spotting the signs to PICA. Once inside I was pleasantly engrossed in more than a few of the exhibits. They were showing an exhibition of student art from around...More

Thank philippe p
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

How hard can it be to cook poached eggs, bacon and toast? Well a visit this morning to the Pica bar certainly showed me that it must be a lot more complex than I thought - it took well over half an hour from order...More

Thank Mark_Elliott
PICA_Perth, Public Relations Manager at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2016

Hi Mark, Thanks for taking the time to write a review, I'm terribly sorry you had a less than excellent experience at PICA Bar. I am passing your feedback onto PICA Bar management (they are a separate business to the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts...More

Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

Every time I'm hanging around the Library/Museum area, I love popping into this little spot. It is a hop skip from the Perth CBD train station. Great indoor and outdoor seating. Your typical Perth beer prices. Nice open, downtown(y) views and lots passer by-ers. I've...More

Thank azdiaz
PICA_Perth, Public Relations Manager at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2016

Thanks for your review azdiaz! Hope to see you back again soon :)

Reviewed 2 January 2016

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) exhibits are supremely thought provoking with topics ranging with adult in nature to morbid curiosity wonderfully presented. The institute is definitely a must see when exploring the area which also contains other museums of art and nature making it...More

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