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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
11 November 2016
Lest we forget
Today marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Each year on this day, Australians observe one minute's silence in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.  To commemorate this day, a significant piece of Western Australia's Word War I history has been returned to the State - the historic Red Cross Gallipoli flag is now part of the State Art Collection. 
Department of Culture and the Arts grants
Apply any time
The following grants can be applied for at any time, provided applications are submitted at least 25 business days before the intended start of a project or activity.
~ The Creative Development Grants Program, U-15k;
~ Commercial Development Grants Program, U-15k;
~ Community Engagement Grants Program, U-15k; and
~ Aboriginal Arts Grants Program, U-15k.
The Regional and Remote Touring Fund is also open year-round, however, applications must be submitted at least 60 business days before the intended start of a project or activity.
For more information and to apply:
See the DCA Grants Key Dates Calendar for other important dates.
Get mooving to the CowParade 
If you haven’t seen CowParade yet, go on…get mooving! This udderley amazing public art event has been to New York, Paris, and Tokyo and is now grazing the streets of Perth until 11 December 2016. The cows arrived as blank canvasses, and have been given makeovers by visual artists, and fashion designers, including 35 Western Australians.
For more information, check out the Artsource website here. A map of locations can be found here.
CowParade PERTH 2016 is presented by the City of Perth, supported by the Perth Public Art Foundation and Artsource.
Image credit: Helen Smith, Palindrome, 2016 CowParade PERTH. Photographer: Christophe Canato
Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja
The Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja exhibition is currently on display at the Western Australian Museum - Albany and runs until 9 April 2017.
Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja means 'Returning to Mokare's Home Country' and features 14 rare, significant objects that originated from the Menang Noongar people, the traditional inhabitants of the Albany area.
These objects include stone axes, spears, spearthrowers, knives and a postcard, and have been carefully stored within the British Museum's collections since the 1830s.
For the first time, they return together to Menang Country for community engagement, response and the sharing of cultural knowledge.
The exhibition is co-curated by the Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of WA Museum
PIAF launches program for 2017
The Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) has launched its program for 2017, running from 10 February to 5 March. The Festival promises to deliver, ‘art without borders, inviting you to travel to extraordinary places’.
This year the program features more than 700 artists performing in 180 events, with themes of migration, reconciliation, accessibility, and empathy.
The Lotterywest Festival Opening, Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, is a free, three-night event in Kings Park starting on 10 February. The biodiversity and beauty of South Western Australia’s six seasons are explored with a walkthrough experience of Kings Park’s natural beauty accompanied by state-of-the art technology.
Visit the PIAF website for more information and to view the program.
Image credit: Vietnamese circus show A O Lang Pho. Courtesy of PIAF
Fremantle Press turns 40
Independent Western Australian publisher Fremantle Press celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. 
During an anniversary event at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle resident and author Jay Martin was announced as the winner of the 2016 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award
Ms Martin won the award for her manuscript Learning Polish, a work of creative non-fiction about living as a diplomat’s wife in Poland.
It is the first non-fiction manuscript to win the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, and Ms Martin joins an impressive list of authors who began their careers through the award.
Authors Gail Jones, Brenda Walker and Kim Scott were all identified through the Hungerford Award and collectively have gone on to win or be shortlisted for national and international awards such as the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Orange Prize and the Man Booker.
Fremantle Press was established in 1976 and over the years has introduced to us authors such as the works of Joan London, Elizabeth Jolley, Albert Facey for A Fortunate Life and Sally Morgan for My Place.
Fremantle Press focusses on identifying talented and emerging Western Australian writers and artists.
Craig Silvey’s first book, Rhubarb, was published by Fremantle Press, after which he went on to write the acclaimed Jasper Jones, which was recently made into a film with the support of Screenwest.
The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) is a proud supporter of the publisher, which was recently successful in securing a three year funding contract for more than $340,000 per annum through DCA’s new Organisational Investment Program.
In total, over the past financial year, DCA has provided more than $1 million to the sector, including grants to individual authors, project funding and funding to writing organisations.
The Department is also in the process of undertaking an independent review of the Writing Sector in Western Australia, to identify current challenges, strengths and opportunities and examine strategies and future directions for the sector.
Fremantle Press publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature.
Image credit: Courtesy of Fremantle Press
Arcadia Australia
Arcadia Australia will be landing in Perth very soon! If you haven’t already, check out the line-up with Leftfield, Shy FX, Alison Wonderland, and Carmada.
Arcadia runs from 25-27 November with Single day, Weekender, and VIP tickets available. Day 3 on 27 November is an Under 18’s event.
There are also STEAM AHEAD Community Open Days, with FREE activities, interactive activations, and workshops that focus on Sustainability, Arts & Culture, and Science & Innovation.
STEAM AHEAD takes place at Elizabeth Quay from 23-24 November. Visit the website for more information.
Image credit: Acrobatics. Courtesy of The Event Agency
WA's first festival of illumination - Kaleidoscope 
For its electrifying inaugural year, Kaleidoscope, WA’s first festival of illumination, will transform the Joondalup City Centre into an extraordinary spectacle of lighting and projection from 10 – 13 November 2016.
The free event will explore the theme of the ‘City of the Future’ through a program boasting 3D architectural transformations, projection performance, virtual and augmented reality and immersive curated spaces.
The free festival encourages people to come early at 5.30pm and enjoy the local music and festival food trucks; with something for everyone and for all ages as the sun goes down and the lights come up.
Check out some of the programming to look forward to in this vision and for more information visit:
Jenny Davis receives top honour at WA Seniors Awards
Ms Jenny Davis has been announced as the 2016 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards ceremony.
Ms Davis is a 67-year-old actress and director, who received the commendation in recognition of her ongoing work with Agelink Theatre, which she established in 1993.
The organisation provides intergenerational and interactive theatre productions based on the oral histories and recollections of seniors. Ms Davis’ work has spanned more than two decades and combines the arts and supporting seniors; whereby seniors are able to recount their stories and share memories, cups of tea and laughter in reminiscence workshops.
Her contribution has been invaluable in ensuring seniors are able to use arts to contribute in a meaningful way.
The WA Seniors Awards were presented by the Council on the Ageing WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of Department of Local Government and Communities
It's time to Eat the City
Imagine a world where urban food supply chains have collapsed. Where and how will we find food in order to survive? Eat the City is a new community-activated temporary public artwork, tracing, mapping and storytelling food and survival in Perth city.
Presented as a part of International Art Space's Know Thy Neighbour program, artists Elizabeth Pedler and Janet Carter have worked with collaborators with expert knowledge of native and foraged foodstuffs to map free urban food sources in the Perth CBD.
The mapping takes the form of a wiki, website, and blog from which the artists have created a street-based narrative podcast and a performance-based food-intervention in the city.
Don't miss your chance to take part in one of the city urban walks, with the next one to be held on Thursday 17 November, from 9am-1pm at the Tranby Day Centre, Northbridge. This particular walk will focus on urban hunting with the homeless with Mal and Len. Both Mal and Len have extensive experience of living on the streets and the ways in which the hunt for food structures life on the streets and brings people together.
Click here for more information on Eat the City or to find out other dates to attend an Eat the City urban walk.
Image credit: Courtesy of International Art Space
Asher Fisch and WASO: Stuart Skelton Sings Wagner
From New York’s Metropolitan Opera to London’s English National Opera to Germany’s Baden-Baden Opera house, Australian tenor Stuart Skelton has been travelling the globe performing title roles in Operas from German composer Wagner.
This November, Skelton brings Wagner to Perth, performing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) under the direction of Principal Conductor Asher Fisch.
Asher Fisch & WASO: Stuart Skelton Sings Wagner is on at 7:30pm from 25-26 November at the Perth Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased here. Special discounted tickets are also available for Under 30s.
Image credit: Courtesy of WASO
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