ARTalkWA eNews

March 2019

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

DLGSC culture and the arts grant programs

Applying for funding in 2019?

The 2019 Grant Program Guides are out now.
Find out everything you need to know about our 2019 grant programs.

You can also check out the Key Dates Calendar for all important dates in 2019.

The Playwright Partnership Program assists Western Australian playwrights and theatre producers to commission and develop new scripts to tell West Australian stories.

More information on the Playwright Partnership Program.

Applications close AWST 4:00pm, 11 April 2019.

The WA Theatre Development Initiative supports the production and performance of world class contemporary theatre in Western Australia.

More information on the WA Theatre Development Initiative.

Applications close AWST 4:00pm, 11 April 2019.

The Arts Organisation Investment Program is an open and competitive multiyear funding program to support Western Australia’s arts, cultural and creative sector organisations.

More information on the Arts Organisation Investment Program. 

Applications close AWST 4:00pm, 9 May 2019.

Arts U-15k

Offers up to $15,000 for artists and creative industry professionals to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

More information on Arts U-15k.

Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program (U-15k category)

Assists homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, building links nationally and internationally.

More information on the Contemporary Fund Fund Grant Program.

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

Other funding opportunities

2019 PALS project

PALS funding is available to WA schools for projects that increase understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture in fun, creative and engaging ways.

More on PALS funding.

Applications close 19 April 2019.


State Disability Plan

The WA Government is developing a 10-year State Disability Plan, to build an inclusive community that supports and empowers people with disability. The aim is to engage, listen and understand the needs of the community, including people with disability, their families and carers, and those working in the sector.

More on the State Disability Plan.

Street Banner Project 2019

Organisations are invited to participate in the 2019 Reconciliation Week – Street Banner Project by sponsoring a reconciliation banner.
Along with the sponsoring organisation’s corporate logo, the banners will feature artwork (pictured) and this year’s reconciliation message.

Sponsor a banner at Reconciliation Week.


Image: Valmayi Nampitjinpa, Karrkurinkinjta, 2018. Tjarlirli Art Centre.  © Valmayi Nampitjinpa/Copyright Agency, 2018

Major step for Safer Venues 

Community organisation Safer Venues WA has received a $60,000 investment from the Contemporary Music Fund to make WA's music venues safer places to visit.

More on the Safer Venues initiatives.


State Art Gallery works go on the road

The first exhibition born from the innovative Freighting Ideas project will open at the Katanning Library and Art Gallery on 13 April 2019.

More on the Freighting Ideas project.

Chief Executive Program

The Australia Council has partnered with National Arts Strategies to support up to three established, high-performing Australian Executive arts leaders to participate in the Chief Executive Program.

More on the Chief Executive Program.

Spaced 4: rural utopias

International Art Space are seeking applications from visual and new-media artists and host communities for the fourth iteration of spaced. More on spaced 4. 

Image: Sam Smith, Lithic Choerographies, 2018, video.  Courtesy of the artist and IAS.

Dubai World Expo

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is calling for EOIs from WA artists and arts organisations to be part of the Australian Cultural Program at the upcoming Dubai World Expo.

More on the Dubai World Expo.


Silk Road Culture Tour


The Silk Road Culture Tour is an exhibition of cultural exchange, exploring a Chinese expression of femininity through contemporary and traditional Chinese visual artworks. 

More on the Silk Road Culture Tour.

On now until 27 March 2019
Perth Concert Hall

Image: Zhu Hong, The Girl Who Fainted,100x150x8cm.

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley


This landmark exhibition is an exciting, experimental, and current look at Aboriginal art from the Kimberley.
Newly commissioned works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists are presented alongside a selection of culturally significant pieces from art centre collections. Together with works from AGWA’s collection, the exhibition offers a rare experience of the land, artists, and art of the Kimberley.

More on the Desert River Sea exhibition.

On now until 27 May 2019
Art Gallery of WA

Image: Sonia Kurarra at Danggu Geikie Gorge with artwork Noonkanbah Highway 2018 (detail). Synthetic polymer on cow hide, 140 x 268 cm. Courtesy Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.


Revealed is the biggest and best annual event for sharing, supporting and experiencing new Aboriginal art from Western Australia. 

Check out the Revealed program.

Artists in Conversation - 12 April 2019

Art Market - 13 April 2019

Exhibition - 13 April to 1 June 2019

Fremantle Arts Centre


Image: Angilyiya Mitchell with her artwork Kungkarrangkalpa (Seven Sisters), 2016, acrylic on canvas, 151 x 213 cm. Photo: Papulankutja Artists

REMIX Sydney 2019

Join the REMIX summit in Sydney, to explore the future of the creative and cultural industries, creative cities and the creative economy.

More on REMIX Sydney 2019.


11 to 12 April 2019
UTS Great Hall, Sydney

Margaret River Region Open Studios

Satisfy your artistic curiosity and celebrate originality at this year’s Margaret River Region Open Studios.

More on Margaret River Region Open Studios.


27 April to 12 May
Across the region

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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