ARTalkWA eNews

September 2018

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 Grants

Applications close: AWST 4pm, 4 October 2018

The DLGSC Commercial Development Grants Program supports the development and growth of sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia. 

Grants are available for a range of projects and activities intended to strategically develop commercial potential, increase business viability and extend the market reach of emerging and established creative industry professionals, artists, arts workers, cultural workers, creative businesses and organisations.

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 Commercial Development Grants Program.

NOW OPEN - Round 1
Applications close: AWST 4pm, 13 September 2018

The 2018-19 Regional and Remote Touring Fund supports the costs of touring performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia. 

Applications to Round 1 are now open. 

Refer to the program handbook for more information on the Regional and Remote Touring Fund.

Open year-round

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

Apply at least 25 business days before the planned project/activity start date.
Read more on DLGSC arts grants and funding

Australia Council for the Arts - Grants round 3

Australia Council for the Arts logo

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.


Preparing to display the Blue Whale

Specialist exhibition design company Cetacea has been appointed to develop the exciting display of WA's favourite museum object; the famous blue whale skeleton.

The 18-month process to design and fabricate the frame (armature) that will hold the four-tonne blue whale skeleton has commenced.

Read more on the upcoming display of the Museum's blue whale.

Program delivers to creative regions

The Creative Regions program will provide more than $4 million in funding to regional WA in 2018-19.

Find out more about Creative Regions in 2018-19.

Image: Lee Griffiths Photography

Perth Festival announces four major events for 2019

Perth Festival returns this summer with world-class performances and a celebration of WA Indigenous culture.

Read more on the next Perth Festival.

Circus creates a moving feast

Hip, hip hooray the circus came to Broome. Theatre Kimberley's Sandfly Circus recently presented new production A Sandfly in My Soup.

Read more on A Sandfly in My Soup.

PALS brings production to life

Early last month, Newman College presented an original theatre piece Koort Kadadjiny Kadidjiny (Heart Learning).

The production received PALS funding from the DLGSC.

LPA Code of Practice

Live Performance Australia (LPA) have released the Australian Live Performance Industry code of practice to prevent workplace discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying.

Read the Code of Practice.

Ramsay Art Prize now open

Entries for the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize open 14 September 2018.

Submissions are open to Australian artists under 40 working in any medium.


Image: 2017 Ramsay Art Prize winner Sarah Contos with her work Sarah Contos Presents: The Long Kiss Goodbye.

Historic Heart's new App

Historic Heart's new app is now available to download, featuring five self-guided walks to encourage the people of Perth, and tourists, to discover Perth's east end. 

Read more on the Historic Heart app.

Screenwest unveils grants only model

Screenwest has revealed updates to its Production Guidelines and Terms of Trade where production funding under $600,000 is contracted as a grant.

Read more on Screenwest's update.



Bask in a ballet like no other as West Australian Ballet present the World Premiere of Dracula.

Based on the infamous 1992 gothic horror film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, by director Francis Ford Coppola, their production includes the film’s haunting and dramatic music by composer Wojciech Kilar and will be performed live by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Sink your teeth into West Australian Ballet's Dracula.

On now until 22 September 2018
His Majesty's Theatre

WA Now - Biomess - The Tissue Culture & Art Project

Is it art? Science? Or both. Including a range of strange, bewildering, rarely seen and, just maybe, brand new organisms, this exhibition defies categorisation.

Read more on Biomess.

8 September to 3 December 2018
Art Gallery of WA


Image credit - Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr, Sponge – Biomess 2018 (detail), The Tissue Culture & Art Project Collection, Western Australian Museum

2018 AWESOME Festival

The 2018 AWESOME Festival will inspire Perth families to get creative this October school holidays.

The AWESOME Festival presents a vibrant, curated program of theatre, workshops, music and lots of free hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Read more on the AWESOME Festival.


28 September to 12 October 2018
Various venues

WA Dance Makers Project

The WA Dance Makers Project season celebrates a powerhouse of WA female choreographic talent, headlined by Australian dance legend and WA State Living Treasure Chrissie Parrott.

Read more on the WA Dance Makers Project.

12 - 16 September 2018
State Theatre Centre of WA

The Night Zoo

Jamie lives in a concrete jungle, a fast-paced and busy city. From her window high above the city Jamie dreams of making friends with animals, but Mum and Dad won't let her have a pet in the apartment. 

Read more on The Night Zoo.

22 September - 6 October 2018
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum

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

Dark Swan - Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes

This visual art exhibition examines Australian Gothic Romanticism in relation to the real and imagined history, landscape, architecture and characters of WA through art, film, costume and performance.

Read more on Dark Swan.

7 September to 5 October 2018
PS Art Space, Fremantle

Spel by Ensemble Offspring

Tura presents a night of adventurous new music with Sydney’s Ensemble Offspring.

Performing a hard-hitting program of all-female works, the concert explores nostalgia, adventure, love and life.

Read more on the Spel by Ensemble Offspring.

7:30pm, 11 September 2018
Subiaco Arts Centre

Very Big, Very Small, Very Strange

Curious and unexpected treasures from the State Library's collections are brought together to encourage visitors to unleash their imaginations to answer questions such as ‘what is it?’ and ‘why?’

Read more on Very Big, Very Small, Very Strange.

On now until 23 September 2018
State Library of WA

Image: 085300PD State Library of Western Australia. Beer cans transformed into miniature furniture

EChO Kids' Cushion Concerts

Don't miss out on all the clapping, singing and dancing along with musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra!

Read more on EChO Kids' Cushion Concerts.

21 - 22 September 2018
State Theatre Centre of WA

Ilya Gringolts plays Paganini

Russian violin sensation, Ilya Gringolts, directs the Australian Chamber Orchestra in this dazzling virtuosic display.

Read more on Ilya Gringolts plays Paganini.

7:30pm, 3 October 2018
Perth Concert Hall

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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