Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Izzy Orloff with his catch around 1920s
Pro Photography WA
View the work of the State’s best professional photographers across a range of styles and subjects as part of the inaugural Ilford Orloff Awards.
Australia II is put into her pen at 1 Mews Rd Fremantle 3 June 1982
Australia II Uncovered
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia II's 1983 America's Cup victory, we are showcasing our photographic collections with huge decals on the outside of the building.
m Captain Sneer I feel no fear
Step inside a storybook. Let’s see what we can find. Embark on great adventures, exploring worlds of every kind! Let your imagination run wild as you discover picture book art from the State Library’s collection in this interactive exhibition for children.
Cliff Adams Band electric guitar 1950
A digital display of photos depicting the evolution of WA's music scene over the past 100 years. Curated by West Australian Music (WAM) and the State Library, it draws on our collections and the snaps of countless photographers, fans, and artists.
Sewing garments Women clothing workers sewing in the Davidson Clothing Factory Welshpool 8 September 1949
Exhibition of textile works made by students in TAFE’s English language and textiles program accompanied by historical photographs that depict the garment-making and textile industry in Western Australia.

Online Exhibitions

Taimac SBS filming an advertisement for Jeans West in the studio 28 May 1987
This online exhibition brings together advertising and promotional photographs from the State Library’s diverse collection of photographs by Stevenson, Kinder & Scott Corporate Photography.
STUFF exhibition promotion image 1 - Checking maps JS Battye Library of West Australian History and State Archives 1969
History, Home, Family, Love, Identity … and why we collect it
Behind every collection or pile of Stuff! is a collector moved by the secrets or human stories accompanying each object. In Stuff!, we asked State Library staff to select items from our collection that resonated with them. The result is a personal and surprising scrapbook of WA history.
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