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Valerie McDonald Retrospective

Official opening Saturday 15 April from 2pm.  You are invited to celebrate the art of Valerie McDonald (1933-2016). The exhibition continues until Sunday 23...

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Here but Mainly There

25 March to 9 April. An exhibition by Anna Poplowska & Patricia...

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The Absurd Parade of the Strangely Whimsical

4-19 March. An exhibition of works by Leesa Padget featuring mixed media and...

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About the Centre

Nestled within the Perth Hills at the northern end of the iconic Bibbulmun Track, the community of Kalamunda desired a facility to showcase the natural beauty and local craftsmanship synonymous with their surrounds of natural bush, wildflowers, waterfalls, creeks and towering trees.

The Zig Zag Cultural Centre was designed as a multi-purpose facility able to encourage greater participation of the local community, and reignite the area as a tourist destination for the people of Western Australia.

Providing a focal point for festivals, events and an opportunity to showcase the local arts, crafts, food and wine industries, the Centre features:

  • the Perth Hills Visitor Centre with retail gift shop
  • the boutique Zig Zag Gallery exhibition space with artist-in-residence area
  • two state-of-the-art seminar rooms for up to 60 people
  • the Zig Zag Café with a commercial kitchen
  • administration facilities including office space and amenities
  • education and interpretive display spaces
  • outdoor stage and entertainment area
  • public art space

Winner of the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards – Western Region, the Cultural Centre was designed to reflect and enhance the character of the surrounding area, and complements Kalamunda's heritage as well as the natural colours and materials of the local environment.

The resulting buildings were constructed using rammed earth and natural stone-clad walls, expansive timber eaves and profiled metal roofs typical of the surrounding heritage buildings. Vast expanses of glass across the village-style centre (offering six smaller buildings in contrast to the brief for one), allows visitors to the Centre to see inside the various buildings and when inside, appreciate the beautiful natural bush surrounds.

As the Centre is situated in the heart of the Kalamunda Cultural Precinct, adjacent to the Historical Village, its award-winning design creates a balance between heritage and modern contemporary design, melding gently and unobtrusively into the surrounding natural beauty of Kalamunda.