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15 September 2017


Culture and the Arts (WA) Grants Programs

Apply any time

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.
Now open

Applications are open for the annual 15k-Plus category of the Commercial Development Grants Program.

Visit the website for more information and to apply.
See the Culture and the Arts (WA) Grants Key Dates Calendar for other important dates.

Josephine Wilson - Extinctions

West Australian author wins 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Josephine Wilson
Cover of Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

A novel from Perth-based writer Josephine Wilson has won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award, widely recognised as the most prestigious literary award in Australia.

Extinctions, from UWA Publishing, follows curmudgeon Frederick Lothian as he grapples with old age, remorse, and atonement; and his daughter Caroline, who must answer complex questions of family and heritage.

Extinctions was also the first recipient of UWA Publishing's Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Get your copy of Josephine Wilson's Extinctions, the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner

Image: Peter Marko. Courtesy of UWA Publishing.

West Australian Capacity Building Arts Funding

Open for applications

Early last week, the Sidney Myer Fund, Minderoo Foundation and Spinifex Trust announced that their co-funded Capacity Building Program for West Australian artists and small to medium arts organisations was open for application.

The Capacity Building Program will strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles, collectives and groups that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work.

Applications will close at midnight (AWST) on 1 October 2017.

Click here for more information on the Capacity Building Program

West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)

Asher Fisch to continue as Principal Conductor

WASO Principal Conductor Asher Fisch

WASO have announced the continuation of their musical partnership with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, whose contract has been extended by a further four years until 2023.

This extension will take Maestro Fisch's tenure as Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of WASO, which began in 2014, to 10 years. 

Asher's former posts include Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Opera (2007-2013), Music Director of the New Israeli Opera (1998-2008), and the Wiener Volksoper (1995-2000).

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of WASO's Principal Partner, Wesfarmers Arts.

Image: Sara Hannagan.

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Esther Anatolitis announced as next Executive Director

Esther Anatolitis
Image credit: Photograph of Esther Anatolitis by Sarah Walker

James Emmett, Chair of the NAVA Board, has announced Esther Anatolitis as the organisation’s next Executive Director. 

I’m so thrilled to be joining NAVA at this critical time for championing visual and media arts, craft and design,” said Esther. “I’m very much looking forward to working with NAVA’s superb team. NAVA’s members power the arts across our cities, suburbs and regions. Let’s lead the national cultural agenda with a confident, creative vision for Australia’s future.”

Click here to read the media statement on Esther Anatolitis' appointment

Tourism Western Australia

Stay up-to-date

Tourism WA is now on Facebook! Follow them here or subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter Talking Tourism for the latest industry news, resources and information.

Visit the website for current and upcoming campaigns, the latest research reports and the industry events calendar.

There are also a range of ways that Tourism WA can help promote your event, campaign or business. Click here to get involved.

Quokka. Courtesy Tourism WA.
Princely Italian artworks to bring tourists, jobs to CBD

In February 2018, the Art Gallery of Western Australia will become home to works from the private art collection of eminent Italian family, the Corsinis.

It its only Australian showing, the Art Gallery will host the A Window on Italy - The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence exhibition. 

Click here to read the media statement on the upcoming exhibition
International accolade for WA early literacy program

Western Australia's popular and evidence-based early literacy program, Better Beginnings, has been awarded a prestigious 'Best Practice Honoree' in the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

Click here to read the media statement on the Better Beginnings program
Investing in cultural industries to support job creation

The McGowan Labor Government will further invest in the cultural industries in WA, providing $7.5 million towards the Art Gallery of Western Australia's rooftop activation project. An additional $2.5 million will go towards the acquisition of contemporary Western Australian, Australian and international art through the TomorrowFund.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit:

Click here to read the media statment on the Art Gallery of Western Australia's rooftop activation project

School Holidays Guide

23 September - 8 October 2017

2017 AWESOME International Arts Festival
AWESOME Arts Australia

For children aged 0 - 12
30 September - 9 October
Perth Cultural Centre

The 2017 AWESOME Festival will inspire creativity in Perth families these School Holidays. The AWESOME Festival presents a bright assortment of theatre, circus, music and lots of free hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

The Polar Bears Go Up, by The Polar Bears, image by Richard Davenport.
Potato Needs a Bath by Shona Reppe
Images: (left) The Polar Bears Go Up, by The Polar Bears, image by Richard Davenport;
(right) Potato Needs a Bath by Shona Reppe. 

Rules of Summer
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

For children aged 5+
23 September - 8 October
Dolphin Theatre, UWA
35 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands

Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer is an immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory puppetry work. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s world premiere follows the journey of two boys who experience the emotional journey of life, the unwritten rules of friendship, and a list of mysterious rules...

Allan Girod and Nick Pages-Oliver. Photography by Jessica Wyld.
Image: Allan Girod (left) and Nick Pages-Oliver (right). Photography by Jessica Wyld.

Peeps in Playland
Barking Gecko Theatre Company

For children aged 5 - 7
9am - 12pm, 2 - 4 October
Subiaco Arts Centre
180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco


Imagine making a whole world from stuff – tearing, scrunching, rolling and wrapping to create little peeps and their homes.  Your child will become a magic maker, building their own playland and its people.

Peeps in Playland. Courtesy of Barking Gecko Theatre Company.

D.I.Y Adventures
Barking Gecko Theatre Company

For children aged 8 - 12
9am - 3pm, 2 - 4 October 2017
Subiaco Arts Centre
180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco

From making changes to some of the world’s most famous stories to building their own stories from the ground up D.I.Y Adventures takes your child’s imagination to the next level.

In three days of fun exploration, children will create characters and the stories to put them in through improvisation, vocal exploration and physical storytelling, then present their plays for parents and friends in a showing at the end of the workshop.

D.I.Y Adventures. Courtesy of Barking Gecko Theatre Company.
Image: My Story My Home.
Image: My Story My Home

Looking for more arts and cultural events these School Holidays?

My Story My Home - FREE exhibition
Art Gallery of Western Australia
30 September - 13 October

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous - exhibition
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
20 September - 28 January 2018

School Holidays at the Museums of the Great Southern, Goldfields,
and Geraldton - various activities
Various dates

Are we there yet? A Journey around Australia - FREE exhibition
State Library of Western Australia
Until 31 October

The Life and Times of Scarface Claw - FREE exhibition
State Library of Western Australia
30 September - 1 November

Jazz for Juniors - concert
His Majesty's Theatre
26 & 29 September
2017 WA Regional Arts Summit. October 12 - 15 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

2017 WA Regional Arts Summit

Re-opening of the Volunteer Travel and Registration Fund

Country Arts WA's Volunteer Travel and Registration Fund has been re-opened, offering up to $1500 to regional volunteers wanting to attend the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit.

Check out the guidelines and apply online for the Volunteer Travel and Registration Fund here

Telling Out Stories, ART ON THE MOVE + Museums Galleries Australia, Partnership Training Program, Supported by the Collections Sector Working Group.

ART ON THE MOVE and Museums Galleries Australia WA will be presenting an intensive two-day professional development program available in Perth and Roebourne for those who work in the arts, heritage and culture sector.

The training will explore curating, preparing, presenting and interpreting an exhibition, be it artistic or historic.

Click here for more information on the Partnership Training Program


28 - 29 September 2017

Ngurin Pilbara Aboriginal Centre
42 Roe St, Roebourne

Book for the Roebourne session here


2 - 3 November 2017

Army Museum of WA
Artillery Barracks, Fremantle

Book for the Perth session here


Community photography project


Propel Youth Arts WA is inviting West Australians to help document 24 hours of life as part of MOSAIC Capture Day.

Sign up by 22 September to be a part of the collective experience and have your image displayed in a free public exhibition. 

MOSAIC harnesses the potential of imagery to connect people, places and moments. 

MOSAIC Capture Day 2017
23 September


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