About PCP

The Perth Centre for Photography is Perth’s only dedicated photomedia gallery. We provide an environment that promotes the understanding and appreciation of contemporary photographic practices.

History 

The Perth Centre for Photography was established in 1992 as The Photography Gallery of WA to promote and support emerging and established photo based art in Western Australia. A name change coincided with a move to larger Brisbane Street premises in 2004, allowing us to create two distinct exhibition spaces, and expand our exhibition profile. In 2012 the gallery was relocated to a character style building on Aberdeen Street Northbridge. PCP refurbished the building into a professional exhibition space consisting of three galleries, an audiovisual space, a residency space and a private courtyard and bar. In 2015, PCP moved to Lawton Houseone of WA's most prestigious and longest standing heritage buildings

In 2017 building code updates were enforced upon the owners of Lawton House to ensure the building was fit for public use. The owners were not in a position to carry out building upgrades as required according to building code legislation. The gallery was forced to find an alternative exhibition space to continue it's public exhibition program.
Fortunately, renowned property group, Hawaiian offered PCP a temporary exhibition space at 388 Hay Street (The Colonnade), Subiaco. The new partnership between Hawaiian and PCP presents an unprecedented opportunity to showcase it's artistic program in a high traffic and highly visible space. 

Exhibitions

PCP exhibits the work of emerging and established artists from local, national, and international backgrounds. The exhibition program includes individual and group shows, and popular awards promoting landscape and portrait photography. PCP welcomes proposals from all artists practicing in photography and related media. A gallery fee, at competitive rates, applies to successful applicants.

Education

PCP regularly conducts artist talks, and invites all exhibitors to speak publicly about their work in the gallery. PCP also runs workshops by artists who are recognised as experts in their field. A seminar program has been developed integrating the technical and practical aspects of photography including critical accounts of the medium.


Membership

Members of the Perth Centre for Photography have a common interest in photographic media and art. A small annual fee helps support PCP’s exhibition program and develop its education program. PCP encourages all those interested in photography and art to join to support their local photography organisation and receive exclusive membership benefits in return.

Membership benefits include:

  • Invitation to submit your photography related news or content to the bi-monthly newsletter
  • Regular newsletter and update of PCP events and opportunities
  • Invitation to exhibit along side other photomedia artists in an annual group exhibition
  • Discounts to PCP’s award program and at opening events
  • Various partner discounts
  • See the membership page for more details about exclusive member benefits and how to join

Volunteer

The success of The Perth Centre of Photography is dependent on the continued support by a dedicated and energetic group of volunteers. Volunteers assist in a range of important duties essential to the running of a professional art gallery. PCP runs placement programs for people who are interested in a career in the Arts. Volunteers gain experience in gallery and exhibition operations. Free membership to PCP is also benefit of volunteering.

Funding

PCP is a not-for profit organisation, assisted by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and through various sponsors and supporters. 
Click here for an up to date page detailing PCP's current supporters.