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The Rise of Sneaker Culture


Thu 31 Aug 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 1 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 2 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 3 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 4 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Art Gallery of WA

AGWA kicks off its new contemporary culture series, Culture Juice, with the only Australian showing of the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition charts the sneaker’s story from sport to street to cultural icon, with more than 150 rare and iconic sneakers coming to Perth.

On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love), and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder.

Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Kanye West, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.

AGWA kicks off The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition with an open house celebration on Saturday 13 May – featuring music from WA DJs and local bands, sneaker swap, skateboarding and urban dance demos, sneaker tours, basketball and more. AGWA's sneakerlier will be revealed, plus WA collector, Lee Ingram, and AGWA Curator, Robert Cook, will be in the Gallery for insights into the exhibition and sneaker culture across the world.

Share your sneaker story and you could win a trip for two to San Francisco! If you’ve got a favourite sneaker story—sport, street, fashion, travel or work—AGWA wants to hear it. Just submit a short Instagram video #mysneakerstory.

adidas x Run–DMC
25th Anniversary Superstar, 2011
Courtesy of Run–DMC, collection of Erik Blam
Photo: Ron Wood
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum