ARTalkWA eNews

August 2018

Welcome to the ARTalkWA eNews.
Find news, events and opportunities from the culture and arts sector. 

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

DLGSC Culture and the Arts Grants

Applications close: AWST 4pm, 6 September 2018

The DLGSC Aboriginal Arts Grants Program supports the long-term growth and sustainability of Aboriginal arts and culture in Western Australia.

Applications to the 15k-plus round (grants between $15,000 and $40,000) are now open. 

Refer to the program handbook for more information on the Aboriginal Arts Grants Program.

Open year-round

Community Engagement U-15k
Creative Development U-15k
Aboriginal Arts U-15k
Commercial Development U-15k

Apply at least 25 business days before the planned project/activity start date.

Opening soon

Commercial Development 15k-plus

Applications open 27 August 2018

Australia Council for the Arts logo

Australia Council for the Arts
Grants Programs

Applications close: 2 October 2018

Australia Council for the Arts is inviting artists and arts groups to apply for funding in their next round of grants programs.

For further information refer to the Australia Council website here.

Graphical pink image with writing 'Apply now! Up to $15,000 for regional WA artists. Closing 17 August'

Country Arts WA
Project Fund

Applications close: 17 August 2018

Are you a regional artist with an awesome project idea? Country Art WA's Project Fund has up to $15,000 for individuals or $30,000 for organisations to make community arts ideas a reality.

Read more on the Project Fund.

A person playing the keyboard on stage

City of Perth Arts Grants 


Applications close: 4 September 2018 

Grants support a wide range of applicants in a broad variety of art forms and creative cultural practice. 

Read more on the City of Perth Arts Grants.


Propel wants to know what you think

Propel Youth Arts WA is seeking feedback from the arts sector on its future strategic direction.

Complete the survey now to have your say.

David Templeman wearing a hi-vis vest and hard hat at a building site

Sneak a peek into the New Museum

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman visited the site of the New Museum recently which is on track to open in 2020.

Sneak a peek into the New Museum.

Kylie Minogue performing on stage

Kylie's glamorous show costumes go on display

Kylie Minogue's eye-catching and extravagant costumes and accessories will go on show at the WA Maritime Museum in February 2019.

Read more on the Kylie exhibition.

Two people looking out over the ocean in Albany

Great Southern sets the picture

WA's spectacular Great Southern region will be the backdrop for a new major film set to be shot later this year.

Read more on H is for Happiness.


Image: Location Manager Mike Montague (left) and Director John Sheedy (right) in Albany surrounds.

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Virtual reality encourages big dreams

Big hART, an innovative arts and social change company will deliver a series of highly engaging virtual reality workshops for young people in Roebourne.

Read more on Big hART's workshops.


Four people from John Curtin Gallery accepting their award

WA winner at MAGNAs

John Curtin Gallery was recognised at the 2018 Museums and Galleries National Awards for their project Virtual Field Trips through the Carrolup Collection. 

Read more on John Curtin Gallery's win.


Photo by Joel Checkley.

A man wearing a blue shirt in front of an orange wall

New WA book release

The Coves by David Whish-Wilson
Fremantle Press

San Francisco, 1849: a place gripped by gold fever, swarming with desperate men come to seek their fortune.

Read more on The Coves.

Picture taken outside of people at a gallery

Membership benefits at the Perth Centre for Photography

Becoming a member of the Perth Centre for Photography supports the development of their programs and provides a variety of benefits.

Check out the benefits of a PCP membership.

Compilation of faces with a red hue

Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum

How can creative enterprises have a tripling effect on the Pilbara’s economy? Can creativity be used to improve social and economic outcomes? How do we harness cultural capital to look after the environment?

Expert speakers and creative practitioners are brought together in the heart of one of the country’s richest cultural resources: the Pilbara, to take on the big questions.

Read more on the Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum.


21 - 22 September 2018

Banner with various colourful artwork

Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders

The Art Gallery of WA celebrates free-thinkers, boundary-pushers and ground-breakers in the second half of 2018 through three contrasting exhibitions.

Read more on Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders.

August - December 2018
Art Gallery of WA

Image credits - Clockwise from top left: Composite image of works by Keg de Souza View of Spákonufell mountain, Skagaströnd from the work Things I learnt in a hot tub 2018. Courtesy of the artist, and Gustav Hellberg Hammersley Dunes, Fitzgerald River National Park 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly 1946 (detail) from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947. Enamel paint on composition board, 90.8 x 121.5 cm. Gift of Sunday Reed 1977. National Gallery of Australia collection. Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr Seastar Comet – Biomess 2018 (detail). The Tissue Culture & Art Project. Collection, Western Australian Museum. 

A man half in the shadow.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s political thriller, a masterpiece of intrigue and treachery.

Read more on Julius Caesar.

8 - 11 August 2018
State Theatre Centre of WA
A man with a beard smiling at the camera

The Season

Sharp as a tack and blunt as a brick, The Season is a funny, charming and real portrait of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.

Read more on The Season.

24 - 25 August 2018
His Majesty's Theatre
Artwork of pink, yellow and green circular shapes on a light background


An exhibition uniting artists from Pilbara Aboriginal art centres, Spinifex Hill Artists and Martumili Artists, celebrating the sharing of knowledge between senior pujiman artists and younger practitioners. 

Read more on Pujiman.

23 August (opening) -
27 September 2018
The Goods Shed, Claremont


Image: Mulyatingki Marney and May Wokka Chapman 2017 Wilarra 125 x 300cm Acrylic on Linen. Courtesy of FORM.

Aboriginal design of white lines on a black background

Bibbullman Bardi

An exhibition that celebrates the seldom-told stories of some of WA’s Aboriginal design icons.

Read more on Bibbulman Bardi.

9 August - 30 September 2018
State Library of WA


Image: Yok Yorga Bidi (The journey from a girl to a woman) 2018, © Jade Dolman (J.D Penangke)

Three people wearing black in front of an orange design

Good Day Sunshine

Three of Australia’s top cabaret performers are joining forces to take you on a Magical Mystery Tour through a collection of the finest pop songs ever written.

Read more on Good Day Sunshine.

16 - 18 August 2018
Downstairs at the Maj
Two men wearing business shirts and ties fighting with paper on their faces


Cockfight is a game of comical one-upmanship that builds to moments of emotive impact, where generational truths are exposed and unpacked. Presented as part of the MoveMe Festival

Read more on Cockfight.

19 - 22 September 2018
State Theatre Centre of WA
Felt pen on paper drawing of wildlife

Bush Women: 25 years on

25 years after the original exhibition, this ground-breaking show Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA is restaged.

Bush Women was the first exhibition to focus on the practices of key Aboriginal artists in the Kimberley and Western Desert.

Read more on Bush Women.


On now until 8 September 2018
Fremantle Arts Centre


Image: Pantjiti Mary McLean, Yultukunpa tjikini (drinking honey Grevillea) (detail), 1990, felt pen on paper, 60 x 84cm, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Multiple colourful artworks on a white wall

please open hurry


Internationally acclaimed, Argentinian-born and London based Amalia Pica presents her first solo exhibition in Australia.

With new and recent works, Amalia explores the techniques, potential, and shortcomings of communication between different species.

Read more on please open hurry.


3 August (opening) - 
7 October 2018

Image: Amalia Pica, Yerkish, 2018. Photo by Louis Lim.

Aerial photo of ploughed land and farm.


An exhibition of Richard Woldendorp’s photographs held in the State Library collection that reflect the ways in which the WA landscape has been made or remade over time.

Read more on Un/nature.

9 August - 23 September 2018
State Library of WA


Image: 137033PD State Library of Western Australia. Aerial photograph of ploughed land and a farm dam near Northam.

Man wearing a white gown jumping in the air with an electic guitar

The Orchid and The Crow

The Orchid and the Crow is a comedy about an atheist surviving cancer by finding God in Lance Armstrong - with songs!

Read more on The Orchid and The Crow.

31 August - 1 September 2018
Subiaco Arts Centre

Yellow and brown blankets folded and stacked on a wooden chair.

Running Deep

Running Deep is an exhibition which looks at the practices of senior WA artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo through the lens of their enduring friendship and creative engagement with WA’s South Coast.

Read more on Running Deep.

On now until 8 September 2018
Fremantle Arts Centre


Image: Holly Story, Harvest (detail), 2007, screenprint, dyed wool blankets and wooden chair, 96 x 42 x 42cm.

A Self Portrait

This exhibition is the most significant to date for Lebanese born and Australian-based Khaled Sabsabi who first exhibited at PICA in 2005 for the Hatched National Graduate Show.

Read more on A Self Portrait.


3 August (opening) -
7 October 2018

Image: Khaled Sabsabi, Corner, 2012.

The shadow of a hand holding blue cellophane, turning the plants beneath it blue

New photography exhibitions 

Perth Centre for Photography (PCP) is proud to present the solo exhibitions of three WA artists: Kimberley-based Katie Breckon and local, emerging photographic artists, Lyle Branson and Daniel Gervaux.

Read more on PCP's exhibitions.

2 August (opening) -
25 August 2018
Perth Centre for Photography

Image © Lyle Branson, from the series Identification

A man wearing a white suit pointing while two children dressed as astronauts are looking into the distance.


Black Swan State Theatre Company present their world premiere co-production with Yirra Yaakin about NASA’S Skylab space laboratory crashing to earth near Esperance in July 1979.

Read more on Skylab.

16 August - 2 September 2018
Studio Underground,
State Theatre Centre of WA

Image by Cameron Etchells.

Two faces layered with red detail

Antipodean Encounters

Exploring connections between local artists and members of the Perth Taiwanese Community. Presented alongside Tea Ware, an exhibition celebrating teaware and the art of ceramics.

Read more on Antipodean Encounters.

11 August (opening) - 
28 September 2018
Midland Junction Arts Centre

Image: Melanie Dare, Red and Me: Shirley Yoru Tsao, photograph.

Dog figure made from found materials on top of a wooden box

Don't Jettison Everything

An exhibition created from the discarded, the broken or the abandoned, whilst local school children explore the impact of plastic pollution for the Mundaring Environmental Art Project.

Read more on Don't Jettison Everything.

3 August (opening) -
16 September 2018
Mundaring Arts Centre

Image: Neil Elliot, Stapler Dog, found objects and carved wood

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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