See the city from a new perspective
Rooftop open 10am-5pm daily except Tuesdays
Rooftop bar open from 3pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Outside AGWA opening hours, the AGWA Rooftop is accessible from the front of the building via the new external lift and sky-bridge.
Introducing AGWA Rooftop
AGWA Rooftop is a 500-person venue offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the Perth CBD skyline, accessible from the Perth Cultural Centre via the new external glass lift and sky-bridge. The 10 million dollar transformation represents the completion of the original architectural intention for the 1979 brutalist building, which was imagined by architect Charles Sierakowski as a vantage point for looking out.
Designed by TAG Architects and FJMT, the AGWA Rooftop hosts both an indoor and outdoor gallery, with an open-air sculpture park featuring works from the State Art Collection forming a central part of the visitor experience.
Christopher Pease: Targets
One of the most significant commissions of a Noongar artist in the state’s history, Christopher Pease’s Targets is a 34-metre long, 5-metre tall light-based artwork that wraps around the exterior walls of the new AGWA Rooftop. There it stands a permanent and highly visible celebration of the ongoing importance of the Derbarl Yerrigan – the Noongar name for what’s now known as the Swan River – to this place.
The work is derived from an historical image of the south-eastern bank of the Derbarl Yerrigan, not far from the site on which AGWA stands, and perhaps visible from its new rooftop were it not for the interrupting CBD skyline.
“The installation will feature multiple layers that bring into focus ideas concerning art, history and identity.” — Christopher Pease
New Rooftop Gallery
The new interior gallery on the AGWA Rooftop offers 180-degree views of the Perth CBD skyline. For The View From Here, the gallery hosts Muscle Beach, an unabashedly playful solo exhibition of sculptural work by artist and graphic designer Tim Meakins.
Image credit - Tim Meakins Collection 2021. Various dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.
AGWA Rooftop hosts an open-air sculpture park featuring works from the State Art Collection, including Gerhard Marcks' Der Rufer [the caller], Henry Moore's Reclining Figure, Antony Gormley's Shelagh Magadza: Insider 52 and Barbara Hepworth's Two forms in echelon.
Image credit - Barbara Hepworth Two forms in echelon 1961. Bronze, 117 x 111 x 60.8 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1979.