Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is Western Australia's premiere contemporary visual and performance arts venue. Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Housed in the iconic heritage buildings of the old Perth Boys' School in Northbridge, Western Australia, PICA serves to promote contemporary arts in Western Australia. Northbridge is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, best known for its Nightlife.
PICA was incorporated and moved into its current location in 1989.
Through a year-round program of exhibitions, performances, screenings, studios, publications and a range of interdisciplinary projects, PICA seeks to promote the contemporary arts while stimulating critical discussion about the arts and broader cultural issues. PICA also offers an exciting public and education program which seeks to strengthen the relationship between its artistic programs and diverse audiences.
PICA plays a key role in Perth’s creative community and seeks to provide support to artists at all stages of their career through programming, development, mentoring and advocacy opportunities. In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and established artists whilst promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.