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Michaela Gleave

Between Us

Michaela Gleave Fri 3 – Mon 6 Mar AGWA Rooftop FREE
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Fri 3 – Mon 6 Mar at AGWA Rooftop, FREE

Presented in association with the Art Gallery of Western Australia

Over the Festival’s closing four nights multiple beams of light will pulse up into the night sky in a powerful and evocative expression of community. And we want you to be part of it.

Between us is a public art and community engagement project that considers the ‘space between’.  Encompassing the micro and macro, personal and public, local and universal, the project engages audiences in a poetic consideration of the spaces that exist between the structures and systems that shape our lives.

Between us begins with the intimacy of this proposition and projects it out into the universe, with text generated by the community, translated into the Morse code language of pulses and pause, and beamed up into the sky as light signals leaving Earth to continue its conversation across space, time, light and distance.

This project has now concluded.

Michaela Gleave
Lighting design
Bosco Shaw
Warren Armstrong


This project builds upon elements of the previous work 'Messages of Hope, Messages of Love' created in collaboration with Fausto Brusamolino.


Michaela Gleave is an Australian born artist based in Gadigal/Wangal country, Sydney, Australia. Her conceptual practice spans numerous mediums and platforms including digital and online works, installation, performance, photography, sculpture and video. Her projects question the nature of reality and our innate relationship to time, matter, and space, focussing particularly on the changing intersections between art, science and society.

Michaela’s work has been presented extensively across Australia as well as in Germany, Greece, the United Kingdom, Austria, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, the United States and Mexico. She has developed major performance and installation works for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Dark Mofo Festival, Hobart; Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth; Bristol Biennial, UK; TarraWarra Art Museum, Melbourne; Carriageworks, Sydney; and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne among others. 

She has been awarded residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Australia. In 2015 Michaela won the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. and was awarded a prestigious Creative Australia Fellowship in 2013. Permanent installations of her work have been commissioned by Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC, Salamanca Arts Centre, TAS and The Rechabite, WA.

Between us continues Michaela Gleave’s interest in connecting intimate experience with cosmological expression. It builds on previous works involving light and messaging in public space and references in particular Messages of hope, messages of love, a public art project conceived in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that invited audiences to share messages of hope and love via Morse code and live video stream.   

The Art Gallery of Western Australia rooftop is the launching place for this epic light installation. Please check back closer to the event date for more information on the best place to experience this work in person. 

Visible within 5-7km of the site (weather dependant) the Morse code will be transmitted through physical and digital space, the light installation streamed as live video with Morse code audio and text subtitles, allowing audiences to share and access the work across locations, time zones, and via multiple translations and media.

Time & Location

Fri 3 – Mon 6 Mar

Fri 3 – Mon 6 Mar, 8pm – 12am AGWA Rooftop, exhibition viewable from various locations around the Perth Cultural Centre


Free Event


Thank You

Presented in association with


  • Michaela Gleave, 'Messages of Hope, Messages of Love', 2020 Photo: Dianna Panuccio

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