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24 July 2017


Perth Cultural Centre wired for savings


A central energy plant in the Perth Cultural Centre is set to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of the cultural buildings by up to 40 per cent from 2020.

Click here to read the media statement on the Perth Cultural Centre central energy plant.

Screenwest becomes a not-for-profit organisation

Screenwest formally became an independent not-for-profit organisation on 20 July 2017. 

Click here to read the media statement on Screenwest becoming a not-for-profit organisation.



The opening of the next round of applications to the Organisations Investment Program has been deferred for 12 months to enable a comprehensive review of the program by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC).

Applications to the program were planned to open for a second time in 2018, following the inaugural round held in 2015.  The opening of this round has now been rescheduled to March 2019, for funding commencing 1 January 2020.

The review of the program, which will be undertaken by the DLGSC’s Culture and the Arts (WA) division, is intended to ensure the program is working effectively, provides value for money, and meets the needs of the State’s diverse range of arts and cultural organisations. 

Organisations not currently in receipt of recurrent funding through the Program can continue to apply for project funding through a DLGSC Culture and the Arts (WA) grants program.

Enquiries can be directed to the Organisations Investment team by email or phone 08 6552 7300.



Culture and the Arts (WA) Writing Sector Review
Image: 'Shades of Grey' by Denise V. Brown.

In late 2016, Culture and the Arts (WA)* commissioned a review of the Western Australian writing sector to determine future directions and opportunities for the writing industry in Western Australia. The review was undertaken over 2016-17 by consultancy Positive Solutions, under governance of an independent reference group with expertise in writing sector development.

The resulting WA Writing Sector Review Final Report and Conclusions was presented to the reference group in May 2017, and identifies issues and opportunities arising from recent policy and market changes. The reference group has prepared a response to this report, detailing its recommendations based on the findings of the review.

Individuals from the writing sector and the general community are invited to provide feedback on the Writing Sector Review Reference Group Recommendations by completing a survey questionnaire by 7 August 2017.  The link to the survey, along with the copies of the Review and Recommendation reports, is available from the DLGSC Culture and the Arts (WA) Research Hub here.

Questions on the Writing Sector Review can be directed to Culture and the Arts (WA)’s Research, Policy and Evaluation team.

*formerly the Department of Culture and the Arts



On 17 July 2017, the Australia Council for the Arts released the state and territory level results from the third National Arts Participation Survey.

The state and territory results expand on the release of the national results in Connecting Australians: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey


Western Australia's research highlights include:

  • West Australians increasingly believe that the arts reflect Australia’s cultural diversity (74%, up from 66% in 2013) and that they shape and express Australian identity (56%, up from 47% in 2013).

  • Three in four West Australians believe the arts are an important way to get different perspectives on a topic or issue (74%), and contribute to their wellbeing and happiness (59%, up from 51% in 2013).

  • Around two in three Western Australians believe the arts impact their understanding of other people and cultures.

Click here to view the state and territory results from the Australia Council for the Arts' National Arts Participation Survey.

West Australian's arts engagement 2016
Image: West Australian's arts engagement 2016. Courtesy of the Australia Council for the Arts.



The Urban Orchard at FRING WORLD Festival 2015. Photo by Cam Campbell.
Image: The Urban Orchard at FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015. Photo by Cam Campbell.

The FRINGE WORLD Festival 2017 Impact Report has been released, detailing the social and economic impacts of the Festival, and underscoring the importance of Western Australia's cultural industries. 

Total attendance at the Festival was 758,184, generating $10.2 million in ticket sales and injecting $84.3 millision into Western Australia's economy.

The Festival featured 711 events at 147 venues involving 3,450 artists.

The report mentions 96 per cent of respondents believe the Festival makes Northbridge and central Perth more vibrant places; and 90 per cent of respondents agree the festival promotes Perth as a more globally connected city.

Click here to view the FRINGE WORLD Festival 2017 Impact Report.



Westerly Issue 62.1 July Edition Cover

Westerly 62.1, the first issue for 2017 is out now, featuring 50 writers from across Australia including John Kinsella, Peter Rose, Jill Jones, John Mateer, Trisha Dearborn Carol Jenkins, and Indigenous writers Hannah McGlade and Tony Birch. 

This issue also includes extracts from the personal journal of the late Fay Zwicky in celebration and commemoration of her life and work.

Westerly 62.1 has been produced with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, and Culture and the Arts (WA).

Click here for more information on Westerly 62.1.




Mignonette Jamin, Jamin Mayanimby, Goormibdja and Bulyunga, 2008. Natural ochre on canvas. 100 x 140cm.
Image: Mignonette Jamin, Jamin Mayanimby, Goormibdja and Bulyunga, 2008. Natural ochre on canvas. 100 x 140cm.

When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum presents the perspectives of a number of diverse Indigenous artistic communities from across Western Australia who were, in one way or another, significantly affected by the consequences of the yes vote in the 1967 Referendum.

Featuring both traditional and contemporary mediums by artists with distinctive and distinguished practices, When the Sky Fell weaves together a range of responses and narrative threads about the historical and ongoing impact of this significant event.

When the Sky Fell is open until 20 August 2017 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). This exhibition is presented by PICA in partnership with Aboriginal Art Centre Hub WA.

Click here for more information about When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum that was considered by many to be a critical turning point for political change within Indigenous affairs.

This Referendum recommended the removal of two clauses within the Australian Constitution that were discriminatory towards Indigenous Australians and, as a result of the political climate of the time, saw the highest YES vote ever recorded, with 90.77 per cent voting for change.



State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours 2017

Partnerships, sponsorships and philanthropic support are vital to the State’s arts and cultural sector.

The new State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours gives us an opportunity to recognise that support, and honour those whose contributions have made a significant and meaningful difference to the sector.

We invite you to nominate these people, businesses or organisations by completing and returning the below forms by COB Friday 28 July 2017.

For further information please contact Ms Aly May, Senior Project Officer, Development on 08 6552 7366 or email

State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours downloads:

Information Brochure (PDF, 394Kb)

Nomination Form and Support Material Information (PDF, 633Kb)



Black Swan State Theatre Company invites you to Coma Land, Will O’Mahony’s imaginative piece celebrating children, difference and the depths of parental loss through the story of teenage genius, Boon.
On now until 6 August at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

Click here to see more information about Coma Land.

Coma Land cast (L-R) Amy Mathews, Ben Sutton, Kirsty Marillier, Humphrey Bower and Morgan Owen. Photo credit: Philip Gostelow.
Image: Coma Land cast (L-R) Amy Mathews, Ben Sutton, Kirsty Marillier, Humphrey Bower and Morgan Owen.
Photo credit: Philip Gostelow.



2017 WA Regional Arts Summit Graphic

Looking forward to the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit?

The full program synopsis is now available here, showcasing a wide variety of regional acts, and workshops with industry leaders. 

The Summit will be held from 12 - 15 October at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Image of a presenter. Text: Come be inspired. DEADLINE EXTENDED - Earlybird closes 31 August

You can also save up to $75 by registering before 31 August, with Country Arts WA's earlybird special. It will be an unmissable opportunity to network with other regional artists and artsworkers, and share ideas to improve cultural industries in WA.

Images: Courtesy of Country Arts WA



The Perth Centre for Photography's (PCP) latest exhibition, Vanishing Point, is now open, featuring works from Ellen Dahl, Yvette Hamilton, and Consuelo Cavaniglia.

Echoing the illusion of parallel lines at their vanishing point, this artist led exhibition considers the island as a concept where opposing ideas converge - contained yet contingent, real yet imagined, the political and the personal. 

The island as the notion of the definitive edge. An unreachable space or idea. Or just a mirage - a trick of the light.

PCP's Vanishing Point is open until 19 August 2017 at their gallery space on Hay Street, Subiaco.

Click here for more information on Vanishing Point.

© Conseulo Cavaniglia, Infinity 2
© Yvette Hamilton, Phantom Island 1
Image: (top) © Conseulo Cavaniglia, Infinity 2, (bottom) © Yvette Hamilton, Phantom Island 1.


7 - 14 AUGUST

Languages Week 2017

Did you know more than 270 languages and dialects are spoken in Western Australia?

Languages Week, 7 - 14 August, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of language and to highlight the linguistic diversity in our community – and your agency is encouraged to get involved!
Celebrated across WA, Languages Week will be marked by several events that will provide an opportunity to explore, celebrate and acknowledge the importance of language learning.

This year, Languages Week is being driven by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of WA (MLTAWA) and supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) as part of Languages in the Mainstream—a 12-month partnership project to promote the benefits of language learning.

An online Languages Week handbook, available here, includes information on language learning in Western Australia as well as ideas about activities you can hold in the workplace, at home and in the community.


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