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3 February 2017
Information Session: Community Engagement Grants Program
The Department of Culture and the Arts’ Community Engagement Grants Program provides funding for activities that promote the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in arts and culture.
Applications close 23 March 2017 for the 15k-plus category. For projects under 15k, applications are open year-round.
An information session will be held Thursday 16 February, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Old Midland Courthouse for those interested in discussing the program in detail and to talk one-on-one about future applications.
Attendance is FREE but please RSVP by sending an email to by Tuesday, 14 February. Visit the website or call 6552 7400 for more information.
Image credit: ‘Jelly Fish’ from Love Light – The Bay, Gascoyne in May, 2016, photo by Anton Blume
ABC Radio National to broadcast Geoffrey Bolton Lecture
If you were unable to make the Geoffrey Bolton Lecture in late 2016, don’t fret, the lecture was recorded and will be broadcast and podcast by ABC Radio National on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 8.05pm.
Tune in to hear, Commissioner Andrew Murray from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, speak on the topic: ‘Children in need: why records are central to identity and justice’.
Commissioner Murray covers many issues including identity, security and longevity of digital records, life histories, and the stories of survivors of child abuse while they were in out-of-home care.
These confronting issues demonstrate the vital role that records play in supporting human rights and justice.
Commissioner Murray’s speech is available to read at the following link:
The Geoffrey Bolton Lecture series is an annual event hosted by the State Records Office of Western Australia since 2004.
Image credit: Commissioner Murray speaking at the Geoffrey Bolton Lecture, courtesy of the State Records Office
Sculptures make an entrance
Local indigenous artists Maxine Charlie and Martha Lee have installed stunning sculptures just 8km out of Broome.
The two concrete sculptures depict flora and fauna that is synonymous in the region and they stand guard at the entrance to LandCorp’s Broome Road Industrial Park.
The triple-winged, 8m high design was inspired by Ms Charlie’s childhood at Wattle Downs station and depicts a wattle flower with lights in the balls of the flower, which are programmed to light up at night.
Ms Lee said the other sculpture, which stands at 3m x 5m, is inspired by wallabies standing in tall grass and feeding.
The two sculptures mark the industrial area just outside Broome – designed for transport, logistics, construction and equipment hire businesses.
Both artists worked with LandCorp and the Broome community to create the bespoke art pieces, which are now some of the largest aboriginal-designed sculptures in the State.
Image credit: photo by Edward Tran, courtesy of LandCorp
Picnic at Hanging Rock receives great reviews in Edinburgh
The theatre production, Picnic at Hanging Rock, which was co-produced by Black Swan State Theatre Centre and Malthouse Theatre has received great reviews and reception by audiences at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.
The reviews range from 4-5 starts from the press, including The Stage, The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Herald. The Picnic at Hanging Rock play was written by Tom Wright and adapted from Joan Lindsay’s novel. The play previously had a successful season in Perth and Melbourne.
For more information on Black Swan State Theatre Centre visit:
Image credit: Picnic at Hanging Rock at the Lyceum Theatre, photo by Arielle Gray, courtesy of Black Swan State Theatre Centre
Trifonov Plays Tchaikovsky
Often described as one of the world’s finest young pianist’s, Russian superstar Daniil Trifonov, is already taking on the classical world at only 25 years.
Trifonov will perform Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No.1 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) on 10 and 11 March at the Perth Concert Hall.
Conducted by Daniel Blendulf, the performances promise to be an explosive start to WASO’s 2017 season.
Trifonov burst onto the world stage in 2011 and at the age of 20 won the Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel-Aviv. Since then, Trifonov has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. For more information or to book your tickets visit:
Image credit: Courtesy of WASO
Kings Park turned into theatre for Perth International Arts Festival opening
King’s Park is set to become a free outdoor theatre for the opening night of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF).
The production, Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, will feature projection and sound to immerse viewers in an enthralling celebration of Noongar culture and the South-West’s biodiversity.
Over the course of three days, from 10-12 February, the production will be held at Kings Park, which is a significant cultural and ceremonial place for Noongar people.
Last year, PIAF’s opening, HOME, attracted some 40,000 people to the Perth foreshore. It is anticipated that Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak will attract many thousands more over the three days.
Directing her second festival, Wendy Martin, will continue her focus on local talent and WA’s unique stories.
Free shuttle buses will run from Elizabeth Quay on a 40 minute loop.
Image credit: Media Conference - Boorna Waanginy, image by Toni Wilkinson, courtesy of PIAF
Mystery solved: What happened to Edith Cowan's killer dad is revealed
The State Records Office has discovered key information in WA’s convict records, which reveal the details of Kenneth Brown’s execution.
The records include convict registers, character books and letterbooks, but it was the occurrence book that provided the most compelling evidence. The book not only recorded the amount of visitors Mr Brown had whilst in jail but also stated key details on his execution.
It was noted that Mr Brown was executed at 8am on 10 June 1876 for the murder of his second wife. Following an inquest on the body, his body was removed by his family under permission of the proper authorities.
Mr Brown is the father of Edith Cowan, the first woman elected to an Australian parliament.
Image credit: State Records Office Senior Archivist Gerard Folley examining an entry about the hanging, photo by Steve Ferrier, courtesy of the State Records Office
Screenwest website wins at the Australian Web Awards
The Screenwest website, which was unveiled last July, has won the 2016 Australian Web Award for Best Government Website. It also picked up Gold and Silver medals in the categories of Excellence in User Interface Design and Accessibility, respectively.
The website was designed to provide the agency with greater flexibility to promote the work of the Western Australian screen industry, while providing information to attract production to the State. These two objectives were cleverly integrated by the website builder - Humaan, who, while working closely with Screenwest, created two connected sections,
Screenwest and Film in Western Australia. The visitor's experience has been enhanced by a more contemporary layout and updated imagery, improving accessibility and ease of navigation.
In conjunction with the new Film in Western Australia website, Screenwest launched an
Instagram account to extend their social media presence and showcase Western Australian filming locations to the world. 
Follow Screenwest on Instagram at @filminwesternaustralia and tag any images that you would like them to share using #filminwestaus or #screenwest.

Image credit: Courtesy of Screenwest
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