18 August 2017




Applications to the U-15k categories of the Community Engagement, Creative Development, Aboriginal Arts, and Commercial Development Grants Programs are open year round.
Apply at least 25 business days before the planned project/activity start date.
Visit the website for more information and to apply.
See the Culture and the Arts (WA) Grants Key Dates Calendar for other important dates.



Image credit: Courtesy of Charity Chola
Image credit: Ade Lau

Charity Chola is an emerging local designer committed to providing fashionable and accessible collections.

Charity became a member of the Fashion Council WA (FCWA) with the hope to connect with other designers and gain mentoring support. Charity’s collection was reviewed by FCWA, who identified what products would be most suitable for HATCH and worked with Charity to prepare the collection for sale, including pricing, ticketing, stock management, target market identification, and marketing.
Charity attended a HATCH VIP shopping event to connect with consumers, an FCWA industry forum where she connected with established designers Empire Rose and retailer Varga Girl to gain further insight into the industry, and she continues to soak up any and all growth and development opportunities.
Charity has also proactively created a number of video campaigns with Bayley Simonds of Unfinished Productions, to promote her collection at HATCH, and reinforces her gratitude for the support she has received and what she has learnt along the way.

Charity’s collection at HATCH, known as “Glam & Elegant Couture – Be You Be Fabulous”, has just wrapped up at Enex and FCWA are now liaising with AMP to re-open a HATCH at Karrinyup in association with Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries provides funding to FCWA to continue to grow the platform and deliver vital development, employment, sales and engagement opportunities for the fashion and creative industries.

Click here for further information on FCWA




The first REMIX ACADEMY: PERTH 2017 will take place next week at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

Don’t miss your chance to attend the full day conference and hear from a range of local, national, and international speakers as they discuss ways to engineer creative cities, craft memorable experiences, and look at the technology, business and income model trends that are shaping the cultural and creative sectors.

Book your tickets now via Eventbrite to explore the future of the creative industries, which is critical to the future success of the Western Australia economy.

REMIX Academy Perth is presented by the City of Perth and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, and supported by State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the State Theatre Centre of WA and Wesfarmers.

Click here for more information on REMIX Academy: Perth 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017
State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

174-176 William Street, Perth



Image credit: Gregory Pryor Looking Glass 2017 (detail). Watercolor, charcoal, Balga resin and glass on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist

WA artist, Gregory Pryor, has created an immersive new work Looking Glass, which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia. The work can be read as meditations upon the residues of country as well as explorations of the role that environmental and cultural loss plays in shaping the landscape.
For his WA Now project, Gregory Pryor undertook a field trip to the region of the tragic Esperance bush fires of 2015. By setting himself in amongst the charcoal remains of the devastated terrain and taking a series of 360-degree photographic notations, Pryor formulated the idea for his panoramic work and its overwhelming immersive quality. Similar to the bush’s capacity to regenerate after fire, Looking Glass in some ways can be seen as a reassembled landscape, articulated on 1585 sheets of paper.
Pryor has worked with a team of student assistants to populate each sheet with a broad vocabulary of manual marks, first working the paper in veils of watercolour, before adding the fugitive and friable layers of charcoal. Finally, thousands of small glass beads are added into this matrix of wet and dry media, contributing a reflective element to the porous and absorbent black.
The new body of work, which runs from 2 September 2017 - 26 February 2018, aims to involve viewers in a profoundly moving encounter with one of the oldest exposed land masses on earth.
Click here for more information on the Gregory Pryor – Looking Glass exhibition

Don’t miss your chance to hear from local artist Gregory Pryor for an insight into his artistic practice and details on the process of his new work Looking Glass for his WA Now display. This is a free talk and will run from 2-3pm on Saturday 9 September 2017.



Image credit:  Acc 9131A/4: Lilian Wooster Greaves, pressed wildflower artwork, ‘Westralia’s Wonderful Wildflowers’, c1929

The State Library of Western Australia showcases exquisite wonders of the Wildflower State with Botanical Wonderland.
The exhibition runs until 24 September 2017 at the State Library, and celebrates floral diversity with a collection of beautiful and unusual items.
From the Rottnest Island seaweed hat crafted by Hallie Stow in the 1940s, watercolour artworks of school children in 1909, to albums of delicate wildflowers pressed and mounted over eighty-five years ago; Botanical Wonderland showcases both the intricate beauty and the tremendous diversity of Western Australian flora.
CEO and State Librarian, Margaret Allen said that she was delighted the State Library could showcase such a unique and vital part of the State’s history and culture.
“Wildflowers are so deeply entwined in both the landscape and identity of Western Australia,” Ms Allen said.
The exhibit is presented by the State Library in conjunction with the Western Australian Museum and the Royal Western Australian Historical Society.
Click here for more information about Botanical Wonderland



Image credit: Courtesy of WASO

WA’s iconic indie rock band, Eskimo Joe, is set to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) on 23 and 25 February 2018 at the Perth Concert Hall.

In an Australia premiere, this is a unique opportunity to experience Eskimo Joe’s massive hits Black Fingernails, Red Wine, Foreign Land and more with WASO.
Over the past 21 years, Eskimo Joe has had their music released to great acclaim in the US, Canada, Europe, and Korea. With six studio albums and sales exceeding 750,000 in Australia alone, the band has seen three of their albums debut at number one on the ARIA charts and have racked up an impressive 35 ARIA nominations.
Lead vocalist, Kav Temperley said: “I remember thinking, way back in 1997, when we played the Grosvenor back in Perth and sold 500 CDs of our first EP…now, after 21 years, I still have that sense of wonderment every time we achieve things, play together and write new stories.”
Don’t miss your chance to see this performance, tickets are on sale now.
Click here for further information on this performance



Image credit: Courtesy of Country Arts WA

Time is running out to register for the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit early bird.

Don't miss your chance to save up to $75 if you book by 31 August. Register now at

Still wondering what the Summit is about? There's a new detailed program available at - with new workshop and panel details, and more still to come. 

Click here for more information on Country Arts WA


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