Art for Everyone

U3A Street Art Walk in Perth CBD

Thursday 20th April 2023 commencing 10:30am.  Bookings are essential; $15 per U3A member.

The very popular street art walk will again be conducted by Vicky Friel.  Please note the content will be the same or very similar to the walks in Perth CBD last year.  It is a walk through some of the city streets and alleyways to view the surprisingly rich and varied styles of street art and will include informed discussion about the art works themselves and the artists behind them.

Please be aware this is a walking tour with steps and uneven ground unfortunately this one is not suitable for you if you need any walking aids, frames or sticks.  Duration is between one hour and an hour and a half, stopping frequently along the way, but with no real opportunities to sit down!  Choose clothing and shoes appropriate to the back streets and alleys; a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle are highly recommended.  Please remember to wear your U3A badge. Numbers are strictly limited to 7 participants to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

Vicky also invites you to join her for a light lunch (at your own expense) immediately following the walk.  This will be a great opportunity to rest weary feet and discuss what you have just seen!

The tour will commence at 10:30am sharp from near the “Green Cactus” in Forrest Place, so please be on timeIf you have booked but are then unable to attend, please inform Vicky as soon as possible. 

For information about the Street Art Walk contact Vicky Friel 0419 933 755

To book your spot, please click on the button:

Lecture Series for 2023

The majority of our subscribers voted to retain the art lectures on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and we are delighted the Art Gallery of WA will again allow us to use their private Theatrette.

Nine illustrated lectures on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, March to November in the private Theatrette of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.  $55 for all 9 lectures!

Entry this year will be via the James Street glass doors (opposite the Museum entrance) and bookings are essential.

You will need to wear your U3A badge to gain entry through the locked doors.

Please be seated by 10:55, lectures from 11am to 12noon.

Our first lecture of 2023

Internationally acclaimed professional photographer, Nick Melidonis, explained to an enthusiastic full house in the AGWA Theatrette how light can be used to transform a photograph into an outstanding work of Art!





15 March Welcome

Colin Walker


Capturing light to create Art

Nick Melidonis

Official welcome and introduction by the Director of the Art Gallery of WA, Colin Walker.


We asked an art educator and award-winning Master Photographer, “What transforms a mere faithful reproduction into a universally-recognised work of art?“  Recipient of numerous photographic accolades, Nick Melidonis, explores the role of light in an informative and entertaining discussion, using fine examples of photographic art.

19 April Principles of Design

Karen McKay


How are your responses being manipulated through the principles of design used by artists? Different combinations of balance, movement, unity, emphasis, repetition and contrast are used by artists to create a mood, elicit a reaction or simply to grab your attention!   Karen is an art teacher and a long-term Voluntary Gallery Guide and presenter for our U3A Art program. Join her again, or for the first time!
17 MayArt that makes you think!

Dr Clarissa Ball

University of WA’s Dr Clarissa Ball will discuss in detail one of the current AGWA exhibitions and in her typically insightful analysis, perhaps alert us to far more than “just a pretty picture”!
21 JuneHermannsburg and the Arrernte Artists of Central Australia

Adrienne Marshall

While Albert Namatjira is the most well-known artist from Hermannsburg, the story of his life and the generations of artists he inspired is not so well known. Gallery Guide Adrienne Marshall will follow the history of the Lutheran mission, the life and work of Albert Namatjira, and some of the talented artists who followed him.
19 JulyHow to read an Artwork

Sue Geddes-Page

Like words and sentences, visual art elements and principles can be ‘read’ in context to reveal meaning. Philosophical, cultural and stylistic signs assist in unpacking images and art objects, enriching the viewer’s experience. Sue Geddes-Page is a Principal Lecturer at TAFE who specialises in Visual Culture, with particular interests in ceramics, garden design and art history.
16 AugustFrom Paris to Perth

Gillian Gallagher

This year experienced Gallery Guide, Gillian Gallagher, will describe for us how radical art movements in Paris in the 19th century came to be embraced by the artists whose works we now see in our own State Art Collection.
20 SeptIconic works in the AGWA Collection

Stephanie Watson


Stephanie Watson is a Guide at the Art Gallery of WA and the Parliament House Art Collection. Stephanie will analyse a selection of iconic works from the State Art Collection and share with us some interesting (and perhaps less well known) stories about the artists and their work.
18 OctoberMusic to paint by

Rob Bower



In 1919 two Sydney artists attempted to relate colour with musical tones.  An exhibition with titles like, “The boat sheds, in violet red key” the works caused a furore.   Rob Bower explores why Australia was briefly a leader in artistic development and discusses later efforts to modernise Australian art and art collections.
15 NovemberMartin Jaine Sculptures

Martin Jaine

From farmer to antiques dealer, builder to sculptor, Martin is the man behind the brand. Martin has spent many years getting his hands dirty while lovingly polishing fine antiques and restoring historic properties in and around Perth.  Martin Jaine Sculptures at Earlsferry House started in 2011 as a hobby and now has three employees making handcrafted sculptures from recycled materials.

We are hoping to be able to offer some additional art-related opportunities again in 2023 including a new Street Art Walk conducted by Vicky Friel and visits to other galleries.

Art for Everyone is a part of U3A Perth City Courses and is available to U3A members only.  Booking is essential – please go to the course booking page –    

U3A members enjoying the morning tea with the Art Gallery Director and Volunteer Guides at the completion of our 2022 lecture series.