New Museum

  • "Two young women talking at a table, taxidermied penguin in a perspex case in the foreground."

    30 Apr 2018

    Young People’s Bright Ideas for the New Museum

    This month our staff attended the Youth Week KickstART Festival in the Perth Cultural Centre to connect with young people. We ran two programs to find out about the issues that are important to them, and to give them a taste of the kinds of programming they might experience in the New Museum.

    Museum of Us – Our Community, Your Voice

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  • Cone shaped flower with red prongs with yellow tips in a bushland.

    20 Apr 2018

    Call out for Artists – Community Project, Banksia Woodlands Mural

    Community Art Project, Banksia Woodlands Mural Request for Proposal

    The New Museum Project seeks to engage an artist to create a mural of banksia woodland habitat with a community of young people/children. The mural will be a component of an activated community space in the Life gallery of the New Museum when it opens 2020.

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  • "Three people at a boardroom table smile for the camera while one signs a document."

    22 Feb 2018

    Yawuru Voices in the New Museum

    The WA Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), outlining a commitment to engage with Aboriginal peoples from Broome, and identify ways local stories could be shared in the New Museum.

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  • "Long wooden handcrafted bowl in the shape of a long deep dish"

    22 Feb 2018

    Using our Collection to Inspire Art

    Dr Moya Smith, Head of Anthropology and Archaeology, teamed up with renowned ceramicist Stewart Scambler to run a unique workshop for Perth Festival. In this masterclass students examined and discussed water carrying objects from WA Aboriginal communities and other cultures. They then made their own water carrier from terracotta clay.

    One of the objects Dr Smith showed at the workshop was an oolarda

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  • "A man and a woman reading Western Australian literature outside the Inflatable Museum."

    22 Feb 2018

    WA in Words

    Tim Winton, Joan London, May Gibbs, Albert Facey, Craig Silvey, The Triffids.

    These are just a few of the writers people are telling us have captured the spirit of Western Australia.

    This information is coming through WA in Words, an online portal for public to share their thoughts about works that paint a literary picture of our State. The submissions are being used to aid content for two New Museum galleries.

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  • "A Mum and Dad are surrounded by their four children. Everyone is wearing sporting gear with tennis rackets."

    22 Feb 2018

    The Greatest Moment in WA Sporting History

    In the Voices gallery for the New Museum we are sharing stories about WA’s sporting history, the ways in which people from around our State participate in grass-roots sporting teams and how fans get ready for the big game.

    Like many Western Australians, we were excited about the opening of the new Optus Stadium. Our staff attended the event on 21 January to meet sports fans.

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  • 22 Feb 2018

    Major Construction Under Way

    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman recently visited the New Museum site to mark the official start of the major construction phase.

    The milestone comes after the State Government signed the Stage Two agreement with Managing Contractor, Multiplex.  This locks in the construction sum to design and build the New Museum.

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  • "Man with silver beard wearing turban laughs, his eyes are closed."

    22 Feb 2018

    Home is where your heart is

    In the New Museum we are exploring stories about what it means to be Western Australian.

    Through a partnership with the Centre for Stories, we’ve been working with eight Western Australians who shared their stories about why they choose to live in WA, and what home means to them.

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  • Four men in hard hats and hi-vis vests stand in discussion at the New Museum site.

    1 Feb 2018

    New Museum construction is under way

    The foundations are laid and the New Museum is rising up out of the ground!

    The project is now officially in construction phase and work is progressing at a rapid speed.

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  • People celebrate the Yes vote, waving LGBQTI flags and a large screen in the background has YES displayed

    30 Nov 2017

    Love wins in WA

    Image copyright WA Museum 

    The New Museum for WA will reflect our State’s past, present and future.  Moments in our history will be shared through the new exhibitions using first-person stories, important objects, and incredible new displays.

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    Erika Jellis

  • Man stands on ladder reaching to prune grapevine.

    30 Nov 2017

    Australia's oldest grapevine?

    You’ve probably heard the term ‘heritage buildings’, but what about ‘heritage plants’?  On the site of the New Museum we have grapevines that are part of WAs heritage. They are being meticulously cared for while construction is taking place.

    Image copyright WA Museum 

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  • Two woman stand at a table talking, on the table are three spears from the WAM collection.

    30 Nov 2017

    Pride of place: Wadjuk/Whadjuk boodja

    When visitors come to the New Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020, they will be welcomed onto Wadjuk/Whadjuk land.  As the host peoples of the land on which the New Museum is being developed, we are working closely with Wadjuk/Whadjuk community members to determine ways to represent their stories, traditions and cultural materials in the exhibitions and design.

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  • A construction site with a large hole in the ground revealing concrete poles

    29 Nov 2017

    Securing the foundations




    The New Museum building is starting to take shape and the first concrete slab expected to be poured in early 2018. In preparation for this work, Multiplex and its subcontractors are drilling pilings to support and stabilise the new building. 

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  • 29 Nov 2017

    Welcome to Western Australia! The spirit of campground hosts

    In the Voices gallery of the New Museum we are showcasing the spirit of our people, including the ways in which Western Australians come together through volunteering and other community activities.

    In Western Australia’s national parks there are a number of special volunteers who make camping and travelling in WA a truly unique experience. Campground hosts are volunteers with the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and they support the vital work of national park rangers.

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  • three toddlers and two adults sit around a table crafting

    29 Nov 2017

    The way we play

    In the Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA a group of inquisitive and curious and children have been participating in new hands-on programs, and letting us know what they think.  As they play, explore, experiment and solve problems they are also helping us shape new programs for young audiences that will be delivered in the New Museum.

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  • Man stands next to the BIF Slab

    23 Oct 2017

    What is the BIF slab?

    It weighs 8.8 tonne (roughly a third the weight of a bus), it’s 2.5 metres high and 3 metres wide (one and half time higher and three and half times wider than an average doorway), and it’s about 3,000 million years old.

    And it tells the story of Western Australia.

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  • 23 Oct 2017

    Strong cultural connections and a multimillion dollar partnership

     

    A multimillion-dollar partnership agreement has been signed between Tianqi Lithium Australia and the Foundation for the WA Museum.

    The $5 million agreement is a significant contribution to the Foundation’s endowment program, Discovery Fund, and has secured Tianqi Lithium Australia with naming rights for the Connections gallery in the New Museum for WA.

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    Erika Jellis

  • A woman and a young girl work on their contribution to the coral reef at AWESOME Festival

    20 Oct 2017

    Awesome fragile ocean homes





    Just near Coral Bay, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, in the crystal-clear waters of Ningaloo Marine Park is one of the world’s most amazing reefs. More than 500 species of brightly coloured fish make their home in coral reef ‘cities’. Because they are so close to shore, they are at risk from human activity.

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  • Dual images show portraits of Shona Coyne (left) and Lindsay Dean (right)

    26 Sep 2017

    Liaising with the Great Southern

    Lindsay Dean and Shona Coyne have been engaged as Community Liaison Officers in the Great Southern region.

    Community Liaison Officer engagements focus on projects being developed for the New Museum in collaboration with Aboriginal communities.

     

    What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture, people and Dreaming stories in the Great Southern.

    Lindsay Dean 2017

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  • 26 Sep 2017

    Exmouth anniversary

    We were delighted to help celebrate the town of Exmouth’s 50 year anniversary with the 'Memory Room' project.

    For three days of anniversary celebrations (15-17 September) we turned part of the new Ningaloo Centre into the ‘Memory Room’ - a space for sharing photographs and stories about the history of the town.

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    Erika Jellis

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