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27 January 2022

Artist in Residence | Katie West | 2022

A live and interactive experience with one of our great state’s brightest creatives…


The State Buildings Artist in Residence program returns from February 13 to March 4 2022.

The essence of this Artist in Residence program is to enhance support for the artist, foster a deeper and ongoing collaboration with Perth Festival, and to allow the public audience to directly engage with contemporary artists – discovering new ideas, and engaging with creative processes and artistic outcomes.

In conjunction with Perth Festival, in association with Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), and supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts, we warmly welcome Yindjibarndi Western Australian interdisciplinary artist Katie West to the State Buildings.

Image Credit: Andrew Curtis
Artwork Installation: Katie West 

For three weeks from February 13, whilst residing in-house at the exquisite COMO The Treasury Hotel, Katie will complete the installation of her ambitious solo exhibition We hold you close, presented at PICA as part of the Perth Festival while also researching and developing future artistic projects.

The Mark (located in the south-western corner of Postal Hall) will once again be transformed into an open artist’s studio. This space will enable Katie to spend time furthering the creation of multiple projects across textiles, videos, sound and happenings.

We are delighted to introduce you to Katie West at a critical point in her creative career as the next State Buildings Artist in Residence.

Image Credit: Andrew Curtis
Artwork Installation: Katie West 


Katie West is an artist and Yindjibarndi woman based in Noongar Ballardong country, working in installation, textiles and social practice. The process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric underpin her practice – the rhythm of walking, gathering, bundling, boiling up water and infusing materials with plant matter. Using found and naturally dyed textiles, video, and sound, Katie creates installations, textile pieces, and happenings that invite attention to the ways we weave our stories, places, histories, and futures.

Katie has presented solo exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville and West Space, Melbourne for Next Wave Festival 2016, and participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne and Shimmer, Rotterdam.

Image Credit: Zan Wimberley








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