7 July 2017


As of 1 July 2017, the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) has amalgamated with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, and the local government and office of multicultural interests functions of the Department of Local Government and Communities to establish the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The Department of Aboriginal Affairs’ Aboriginal History Research Unit has also joined the new the Department.

The DCA is now a division under the new Department as 'Culture and the Arts (WA)'.

These changes are designed to provide better services to the community and maximise opportunities to deliver a more efficient and effective public sector for all West Australians.

You can continue to access our services and information through the regular channels.

Culture and the Arts (WA) is still based on Level 14 at 140 William Street, Perth.

While email domains have changed to, staff will still be contactable through the regular email domain addresses during the transition.

All telephone numbers, and our website -, will remain the same.


A total of 12 Western Australian artists will share in a grants pool worth $411,676, to assist them to create new works, expand their profiles and encourage community participation in arts and cultural activities.
The grants, provided through Culture and the Arts (WA)'s Creative Development Grants program, will assist artists to develop and stage a range of works in music, dance, writing, theatre and visual arts and crafts. 
Click here for the full list of successful artists.


Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced two young Western Australian musicians have been awarded $30,000 scholarships, to enable them to develop their talents overseas.

The scholarships were awarded to percussionist Euphina Yap of the northern Perth suburb of Darch; and viola player Kathryn McKay of North Fremantle.
The scholarships are administered by Culture and the Arts (WA) and enable artists up to 29 years old, the opportunity to study overseas.
Euphina Yap’s scholarship will enable her  to study for a Master of Music in percussion performance at the internationally renowned Boston Conservatory in Massachusetts, while Kathryn McKay will undertake a one-year post graduate performance course at the Manhattan School of Music.


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

The Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has released the findings of an impact report detailing the social and economic impacts of the 2017 FRINGE WORLD Festival.

The Festival attracted 758,184 people and injected $84.3 million into Western Australia's economy.

The Festival featured 711 events at 147 venues involving 3,450 artists and resulted in $10.2 million in ticket sales.

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 media statement.



On 27 May 1967, a referendum was held in Australia that would prove to be significant for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a watershed moment in Australian history. The 1967 Referendum was a vote put to the Australian people that asked two questions. The first is known as the ‘Nexus’ question and the second related to the alteration of discriminatory references toward Aboriginal people in the Constitution, enabling Aboriginal people to be counted in the census. In response to the second question the highest ‘Yes’ result was recorded in history, with 90.77 per cent of Australian voters in favour. 
To acknowledge this momentous occasion 50 years later, the Aboriginal History Research Unit has developed an educative toolkit to provide a unique WA perspective of this event and to assist teachers in developing classroom activities and project topics and to educate the wider community.

It has been developed in partnership with the Western Australian Museum and State Library of Western Australia and incorporates historical research – specific to WA, and most importantly direct community perspectives and interviews from the Aboriginal community that reflect different views on the legacy of these events, today.

Click here for the full Toolkit and section summaries. 



WA State Living Treasure, Fay Zwicky, has passed away at the age of 83 following a long illness.
Fay was an exceptional poet and literary critic and was acknowledged accordingly; being a recipient of the WA Premier’s Book Award for Poetry and Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.
These are just a couple of the many accolades that have been presented to Fay to recognise her contribution to the State’s culture and arts sector.
Fay’s dedication to her art form and her willingness to teach young people, as a long-time lecturer at the University of WA, will not be forgotten.
UWA Publishing has made available The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky.

WA State Living Treasure, Jimmy Chi, has passed away. Jimmy was a remarkable West Australian who was a highly-regarded composer, musician, playwright, and creator of landmark Indigenous theatre.
Jimmy’s work was not only ground-breaking in many ways, but also contributed significantly to the State’s culture and arts sector. One of Jimmy’s works in particular, Bran Nue Dae, was the first Aboriginal musical, which not only won over audiences; the script won the WA Premier’s special book award and it was also turned into one of Australia’s most successful films.
Jimmy was well-known for encouraging people to sing, dance and celebrate life even in our darkest moments. Read the biography of Jimmy here:



Image: Opera in the Park. Credit: James Rogers for West Australian Opera

The Australian Council for the Arts is pleased to share the promising results of their latest survey Connecting Australians: The National Arts Participation Survey. The survey is the third in an innovative series delivered by the Australia Council since 2009 and sits within the Australia Council’s broader range of research work.
The series provides a widespread picture of Australians' engagement with the arts and demonstrates the significant personal value placed on the impact of the arts. It measures Australians’ involvement in the arts, specifically attending arts events, exhibitions and festivals, reading, listening to music, connecting with the arts online and creating art themselves.
The latest survey shows that the arts have an impact on 98 per cent of Australians lives. Since the last survey in 2013, there has been a significant increase in the recognition of the arts’ positive influence on wellbeing. The survey also demonstrates that more Australians believe the arts reflect Australia’s cultural diversity and that younger Australians (aged 15-24) create and experience the arts at the highest rates.
The results of the survey capture the value of the arts to Australians through their attitudes, views about the impacts of the arts and tendency to donate time or money to the arts, and confirm that the arts are an essential part of Australian’s daily lives.
To view the results of the survey, visit the Australia Council website.



On the weekend of 29 – 30 July, the State Library will host the fourth annual Disrupted Festival of Ideas. More than 2500 visitors are expected at this year’s Festival which will centre on the theme of resilience.
The Disrupted Festival explores migration, human rights, climate change, language preservation and issues facing the millennial generation. There will be over 30 change-makers challenging the status quo at over 30 events which include interactive pop-up sessions, a youth-led radio station, panel discussions, workshops and key-note speakers including Tara Moss, Tiernan Brady and Kon Karapanagiotidis to challenge and inspire.
For the full program of events visit the State Library’s website. The Festival is a State Government funded free event, check out the program and register your interest to save your place.


Kate Moore has taken out the Matthijs Vermeulen Award and Lachlan Skipworth has won the New England Philharmonic’s Call for Scores.
Dutch-Australian composer, Kate, was announced the winner for her composition The Dam, which she said is “…based on the rhythms of the sounds made by cicadas, crickets, frogs, birds, flies, spiders and other creatures that inhabit a waterhole in the bush.”
Kate is the first female recipient of the Matthijs Vermeulen Award and will be presented with the 20,000 Euro prize in The Hague in December.
Kate isn’t the only Australian composer to meet with success overseas. Lachlan Skipworth’s Spiritus has been announced as the winner of the 2017 New England Philharmonic’s Call for Scores. The competition showcases a contemporary classical music composition by an emerging composer. In reflecting on his work, Lachlan said: “my own psychological and emotional response to the winds of my native Perth informed my orchestral work Spiritus.”
Click here for more information on the Australian composers.

Image credit: Courtesy of WASO



Seven years ago PIAF presented Children’s Cheering Carpet to rave reviews and a sell out season. They are back with their latest global sensation Saltbush for a strictly limited school holiday season.
Take your children on an inspirational journey through the landscapes and stories of Australia these school holidays. Barking Gecko Theatre Company and act-belong-commit are bringing the internationally acclaimed Saltbush to Perth children for the very first time.
Children aged 4-10 will journey through wonder as they experience this remarkable, immersive show.
Book today! 12 – 14 July only at the State Theatre Centre of WA.
Click here for more information, or click here to book your tickets.

Image: Courtesy of Barking Gecko Theatre Company



Image: Visual artist Stephen Brameld

Tura New Music in association with City of Perth and enex present an evolving spatial sound art-music, video projection mapping and sculptural installation by sound artist Steve Paraskos and visual artist Stephen Brameld as part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season.
Entitled Scarassonthe immersive work will be presented as an ever-evolving installation breathing new life into an enex shop (near the Hay Street Mall entrance) until Tuesday, 1 August.
Self-generating, ever-changing, enveloping clouds of swarming rich sound particles softly whir about the space over a multi-speaker array.
The finale of Scarasson will be a large-scale spatial art music live performance in the State Building’s foyer, with surreal, impossible geologies projection mapped on a haze cloud above. This season will see performances take place nightly from 1 - 6 August 2017.
Sound artist Steve Paraskos will also give a free talk about the installation on Thursday 6 July at 4pm in the enex space.


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