Paul Uhlmann, Turbulence, 2014, oil on canvas, 180 x 150cm. COMO The Treasury Hotel Art Collection, Perth. Courtesy the artist and Art Collective WA.
Paul Uhlmann, Turbulence, 2014, oil on canvas, 180 x 150cm. COMO The Treasury Hotel Art Collection, Perth. Courtesy the artist and Art Collective WA.


Contemporary art in heritage redevelopments – a panel discussion.  
Wednesday 29 March, 5.30-7pm. Art Collective WA, Cathedral Square 

Art Collective WA is delighted to participate in Perth Design Week – a jam-packed program of all things design and living, taking place 23–30 March 2024 in the City of Perth.

Join us for fascinating insights about selecting and placing contemporary art in heritage refurbishments, renovations and redevelopments.

Deliberate inclusion of contemporary art in the interior/exterior design strategy when restoring or re-developing heritage buildings offers ways for the past to be experienced in the present, and for the present to activate the past.  

Examples include the State Buildings in Perth and Ace Hotel Sydney where curated art collections and commissioning artists have created impressive focal points that recontextualise and enliven the building. 

The panel discusses their approach to selecting, commissioning, and creating contemporary art for heritage redevelopments.  

Facilitator: Neil Cownie, architect.

Panellists: Michelle Blakeley, architect; Elaine McElroy, interior designer; Joanna Lamb, artist. 

Please register your attendance. 


Neil Cownie is an Architect & Director of his own practice.
With more than 35 years' experience as an architect, Neil Cownie established his own firm in 2009 so he could focus on projects that bring him – and his clients – delight and joy. He combines his passion for design in all its forms – architecture, landscape, furniture, lighting and objects – with his clients’ aspirations to realise their dreams in built form, always aiming to create timeless buildings that will endure. [ ]

Michelle Blakeley is an Architect & Director of her own architecture practice.
Michelle has designed and managed projects which have won multiple awards for public buildings, urban design, sustainable design and heritage, including for the refurbishment of Iwan Iwanoff’s Heritage Registered Masala House in Dianella, and winning the 2022 Australian Institute of Architects WA Presidents Prize for WA. In her practice, as well as projects for public and private clients, she works on low income social housing projects, using design to create affordable housing with the belief that lower cost, compact housing does not mean compromising quality, comfort, and joyful living spaces. Michelle also loves to collect art for her own home. [ ]

Elaine McElroy is an Interior Design & Architecture Manager.
Elaine selects art and arranges its placement for properties often during their redevelopment phase. She is currently Design Manager for all AMB Lifestyle Asset properties and Fini Group. Over 25 years of professional practice, Elaine has delivered many projects including hotels, homes, hospitals and airports in Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia. Recent projects include The State Buildings’ hospitality venues, including Beer Corner, Wine Merchant, POST and Wildflower restaurants, and COMO The Treasury Hotel.

Joanna Lamb is an artist and active member of Art Collective WA.
A painter and printmaker Joanna is known for highly refined geometric compositions of contemporary life. Generic domestic interiors and suburban spaces like homes, highways, swimming pools, and airports are reduced to flat blocks of colour, contrasted with detailed depictions of plants, animals, cars, and people. Her works are included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Parliament House, The University of Western Australia, and Murdoch University; and was recently commissioned to create a site-specific work for Ace Hotel Sydney. 

Joanna Lamb sits on a chair with painting of pool in background

Joanna Lamb. Ace Hotel Sydney. Photo Anson Smart. Courtesy Sullivan + Strumpf.