AGWA Paper is a quarterly arts broadsheet conceptualised for The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) in collaboration with designers Bec Stawell Wilson and Scott Mellor (Studio ThinkTank), under the artistic direction of contemporary artist Ian Strange. The pilot issue was titled The View From Here, coinciding with the gallery's reopening exhibition of the same name. It contained original writing about and photography of thirty featured Western Australian artists, by a list of exceptional contributors—all of whom either hail from, work in or have a strong connection to Western Australia.
These contributors include the likes of Neha Kale (former editor, Vault), Claire G. Coleman (author, Terra Nullius and Lies, Damned Lies), Simon Webster (The New Yorker, The Saturday Paper), Sisonke Msimang (author, Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela), Kelly Fliedner (un Magazine, Semaphore), Tristen Harwood (The Saturday Paper, The Monthly), Anne-Louise Willoughby (author, Nora Heysen: A Portrait) and Max Vos (former editor, Grok). It also featured original photography from award-winning artists such as Elizabeth Looker, Isabella Moore and Duncan Wright.
The paper included profiles and features about, and conversations with, established and emerging Western Australian artists working at home and elsewhere, including Ngarralja Tommy May, Sarah Bahbah, Abdul Abdullah, Danielle Freakley, Tim Meakins, Bruno Booth, Yok & Sheryo, John Prince Siddon, Brian Blanchflower and Sandra Hill.
Released in November 2022, The View From Here was distributed to more than 130 metropolitan and 25 regional locations around Perth and Western Australia.
Editor: Emma Pegrum
Art Direction & Layout Design: Bec Stawell Wilson
Guest Artistic Director (AGWA): Ian Strange
Concept Development: Scott Mellor (Studio ThinkTank)