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8 December 2017
News
Events

Reflections from the DG's desk
 

One of the high points of this year’s arts program was the production of 1984 at His Majesty’s Theatre. With fake news pulsing through the air waves and google offering boxes in your home that respond to voice commands it is evident George Orwell’s crystal ball was just running a bit ahead of time.

More significant to my arts responsibilities is the outcome of the GST distribution which continues to cripple the State budget. The Australian Grants Commission (AGC) is a truly Orwellian institution promoting the wonders of Horizontal fiscal equalisation whereby they seek to ensure every Australian can benefit from the same level of “General Government activities”.

In words that seem straight from Animal Farm the AGC also states “No activities are prioritised over others” but as in Animal Farm not all services are equal and Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation are not high up in the algorithms that produce a WA GST outcome.

So when you contemplate the poor outcome the WA community gets from direct Commonwealth contributions to our sector and the 66% of your GST taxes heading east you can take comfort from the fact that in Australia some artists are indeed more equal than others.

Duncan Ord OAM

Director General

News

Culture and the Arts Grants Programs

Plan ahead

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.

Culture and the Arts Grants
Due to holiday closures and system upgrades in late December and early January, modified deadlines will apply for applications to U-15k grant categories.

For more information on upcoming closures and what you can and can’t do during this period, see the Culture and the Arts Grants closures fact sheet.

Opera in the Valley of the Giants

2017 Opera in the Regions tour

Perry McLaughlan for West Australian Opera
Perry McLaughlan for West Australian Opera
Perry McLaughlan for West Australian Opera
Perry McLaughlan for West Australian Opera

As part of their 2017 Opera in the Regions Tour, the West Australian Opera recently performed Opera in the Valley of the Giants to a crowd of over 700 locals in Walpole.

The event was supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and Royalties for Regions.


Click here for more images from Opera in the Valley of the Giants


Images: Perry McLaughlan for West Australian Opera


They Served With Honour available at AGWA shop

Untold Stories of WA Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli

They Served With Honour

The unknown stories of 13 Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen who served at Gallipoli has been brought to light in a book titled They Served with Honour: Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli. The book is available now at the Art Gallery of Western Australia shop - just in time for Christmas!

Click here for more information on They Served with Honour


New galleries at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

Five paths, many journeys

Image: Jurek Wybraniec The icon and the bath no. 13. Oil and charcoal on canvas. Two parts: 180.4 x 186 cm (overall) State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1989.
Image: Jurek Wybraniec The icon and the bath no. 13. Oil and charcoal on canvas. Two parts: 180.4 x 186 cm (overall) State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1989.

With more than 17,500 works in the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) Collection, take a tour through time starting with AGWA Historical through to the recently opened AGWA Modern and AGWA Contemporary galleries. Immerse yourself in West Australian art by visiting the WA Journey gallery, featuring art pieces from the 1920s to today or view AGWA Six Seasons, a space dedicated to Indigenous art.

Click here for more information or to book a free guided tour


NAIDOC Week 2018

Theme announced and poster competition open now

NAIDOC Week 2018

In 2018, NAIDOC Week will celebrate the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women under the theme - Because of her, we can!

Applications for the National Poster competition are open now. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 13 years and over are invited to submit artworks. 

Click here for more information on NAIDOC Week 2018


Image: 2018 National NAIDOC logo


WAYJO announces 2018 season

Tickets and subscription packages now available

WAYJO 2018 season

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2018 with a funky new jazz festival, colourful collaborations and a celebration of women in jazz.

Click here to visit wayjo.com

New public space and link between CBD and Northbridge


The King Street extension will open to pedestrians on 11 December, creating a new connection between the Perth CBD and Northbridge.

Click here to read the media statement on the new CBD-Northbridge pedestrian connection
Report sets out blueprint for public sector reform

The final report of the Service Priority Review was released on Wednesday, setting out a blueprint for reform and cultural change in Western Australia's public sector.

Click here to read the media statement on the Service Priority Review
Whadjuk Working Party recognised for stadium contribution

Aboriginal Affairs and Finance Minister Ben Wyatt yesterday thanked the Whadjuk Working Party for its role in the development of Optus Stadium and the surrounding park.

Click here to read the media statement on the Whadjuk Working Party

Public libraries to be modernised in overhaul of system
 

Western Australia's public library system will be modernised to better meet the diverse and evolving needs of the community, as part of a State Government overhaul announced today.

The WA Public Library Strategy outlines five priority actions over the next four years, including:
  • A single access card and management system that would allow users to borrow an item at any public library in WA;
  • New model to support public library service delivery in WA;
  • A new model to support regional and remote library services to ensure equal access to library services across the State;
  • Improved governance systems, including the development of new legislation to guide public library services; and
  • A system to measure and assess the impact and value of public library services on individuals and communities.
Events

Summer School Holidays Guide

15 December 2017 - 30 January 2018

The Gruffalo

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Perth in an all new production! Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+.

 

3 - 14 January 2018
State Theatre Centre of WA

Celebrating the imagination and stories of 10 year olds, We Are 10 shows Western Australia through the eyes of 8,000 children in a unique multi-media exhibition. 


On now until 28 January 2018
State Library of Western Australia

Discover endless ways to play with Toys Just Want to Have Fun, a free exhibition of beautiful toys from the WA Museum wonderful collections. Fun for all the family where you can sort, build, pretend, dress-up, make art or music and create games.

10am - 2pm, 8 - 28 January 2018
WA Museum’s Discovery Zone at the State Library of Western Australia

Trade Winds

Step back in time to an era when sailors, traders and their treasures ruled the seven seas. Trade Winds gives kids the chance to become a legendary Spice Captain, with lots of sea-faring activities and storytelling.  

10am-2pm, 6 - 21 January 2018
WA Shipwrecks Museum

Dinosaur Discover: Lost Creatures of the Creataceous

Don’t forget the WA Museum’s amazing Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition, with roaring, moving, life-size animatronic models and fun activities for kids.

10am - 5pm
On now until 28 January 2018
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

Junior Fishing Clinics

Join one of Recfishwest’s popular and free Sunsmart Junior Fishing Clinics this summer. Fishing rods, sunscreen bait and equipment supplied. Suitable for ages 10 - 14, bookings essential.


9.30 - 11.30am
10 & 17 January 2018
WA Maritime Museum

Museum of Geraldton

"Amy Browne holding two 'sea dee' sun catchers."

The Museum of Geraldton has lots of activities for the school holidays.

Check them all out here

From 15 December 2017
Museum of Geraldton

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Expect a quirky musical score with songs, laughter, rhythms, rhymes and repetitions at We're Going On A Bear Hunt. Participatory scenes and hands-on adventure will capture the imagination and catapult young audiences into the world of Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury's much loved picture book. Perfect for children aged 3+.

 

29 January - 3 February 2018
Subiaco Arts Centre

Mini Rev Summer Edition

Join in the fun this summer with Mini Rev Summer Edition - free movies for kids and their families. Two sessions daily present different collections of the best children's short film animation from around the world. 

10am & 2pm weekdays
8 - 12 January 2018
State Library of Western Australia

Image: Papers of the WA Gould League, State Library of Western Australia, ACC 4884A/51

In Bird Song, sounds from the State Library’s collection of John Hutchinson Bird Recordings are paired with scientific illustrations of Western Australian birds to create an interactive and sensory experience.


On now until 31 January 2018
State Library of Western Australia

 

Image: Papers of the WA Gould League, State Library of Western Australia, ACC 4884A/51
Find Dingo

Help Find Dingo these school holidays! Collect your booklet from the front desk and solve all the puzzles to discover who helped to move Dingo from the Museum foyer, and where his new spot is.

10am - 3pm
On now until 1 February 2018
Museum of the Goldfields

Museum of the Great Southern

This summer, the Museum of the Great Southern in Albany wants you to immerse yourself in South Pacific Island life. Make shell pendants, outrigger canoes, a Paiia lol-beach bag, Moai statues and stained glass. Admire the amazing crocheted coral reef, stick your head in the jaws of a shark, and marvel at the myriad of shell life in the Pacific Ocean.

16 December 2017 –
28 January 2018
Museum of the Great Southern

WA Maritime Museum

There are some great creative activities for kids around the Escape from Pompeii: the untold Roman rescue exhibition these school holidays.

Check them all out here

From 6 January 2018
WA Maritime Museum


Field of Light: Avenue of Honour

Major Albany Installation honours ANZACs

Field of Light: Avenue of Honour, an immersive art installation by Bruce Munro, will illuminate the Avenue of Honour at Mt Clarence next year, paying homage to the Anzacs with 13,000 shining spheres marking the last sight of home for 41,000 troops who departed from Albany for the Great War.

Click here for more information on the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour exhibition

 

Images: (top) Field of Light, Bruce Munro, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee, 2017; (bottom) Forest of Light, Bruce Munro, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, 2017. Photographs by Mark Pickthall. Courtesy Bruce Munro Studios.

October 2018 - April 2019

Avenue of Honour
Mt Clarence, Albany


In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country

Fremantle Arts Centre

Image: Tony Albert, Kieran Lawson and David C. Collins, Warakurna Superhero #1, 2017, C-type print, 100 x 150cm. Image courtesy of the artists, Sullivan+Strumpf and Warakurna Artists
Image: Tony Albert, Kieran Lawson and David C. Collins, Warakurna Superhero #1, 2017, C-type print, 100 x 150cm.
Image courtesy of the artists, Sullivan+Strumpf and Warakurna Artists.

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country is an expansive exhibition of new work resulting from 18 months of artists' residencies in remote and regional Aboriginal art centres across Australia.

Click here for more information on In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country

On now until 28 January 2018

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
Fremantle Arts Centre


NYOONGAR FOOTY MAGIC

Special screening at Subiaco Oval

Led by Indigenous female filmmakers Kelli Cross and Karla Hart as writer/directors and Shakara Walley producing, the Beyond West/Bardwell Media coproduction NYOONGAR FOOTY MAGIC – A TEAM OF CHAMPIONS will have a special sneak preview screening this weekend at Subiaco Oval.

NYOONGAR FOOTY MAGIC is a documentary series profiling the lives and culture of 24 of the greatest Nyoongar footballers to ever play the game – from Polly Farmer and Barry Cable in the 1960’s to the stars of today, Lance Buddy Franklin, Bradley and Stephen Hill and many other favourites over the decades.

Watch the NYOONGAR FOOTY MAGIC trailer here

4 - 7pm, Sunday 10 December

Subiaco Oval


Current exhibitions at PICA

I don't want to be there when it happens & Remedial Works

Image: Adeela Suleman, After all it’s always someone else who dies, 2017. Hanging steel, dimensions variable, installation view. This artwork has been commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and supported by The Keir Foundation. Photo: Kai Wasikowski.
Image: Adeela Suleman, After all it’s always someone else who dies, 2017. Hanging steel, dimensions variable, installation view. This artwork has been commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and supported by The Keir Foundation. Photo: Kai Wasikowski.

This Sunday, PICA’s Senior Curator Eugenio Viola will conduct a curatorial tour of his debut exhibition I don’t want to be there when it happens to commemorate Human Rights Day. In response to the 70th anniversary of the Partition of Colonial India, this exhibition features artists from both Pakistan and India.


You can also check out Remedial Works curated by Andrew Varano. The exhibition looks at the fine line between a material’s capacity to repair or pollute both bodies and land.

Click here to visit PICA's website

I don't want to be there when it happens exhibition
On until 24 December 2017

Curatorial tour
2pm, Sunday 10 December

Remedial Works exhibition
On until 24 December 2017

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth Cultural Centre

The Department acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples of Western Australia as the
traditional custodians of this land, and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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