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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
12 May 2017
Department of Culture and the Arts Grants Programs
Apply any time
Applications to the U-15k categories of the Community Engagement, Creative Development, Aboriginal Arts, and Commercial Development Grants Programs are open year round.
Apply at least 25 business days before the planned project/activity start date.
Visit the website for more information and to apply.
See the DCA Grants Key Dates Calendar for other important dates.
Machinery of Government
The Premier Mark McGowan recently announced changes to the way the public sector will be structured from 1 July 2017, reducing the number of departments from 41 to 25.
The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) will be merged with the Local Government function of the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor to form the new Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
DCA Director General, Duncan Ord, has been selected to lead the new Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. 
“I see the reforms as providing new opportunities for the new department to further contribute to the lives of Western Australian communities and families”, Mr Ord said.
In announcing the changes, the Premier stated that this significant reform is aimed at creating collaborative departments focused on whole-of-Government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way, including using new technology.
2017 Winter Exhibitions - Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre’s FREE 2017 winter exhibitions are coming soon, featuring five bodies of work, from both Australian and international artists.
Presented as part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, the video works in Warp explore our screen-dominated lives, and the ways in which our reliance on screens affect our interaction and connection with others. This challenging series of works brings together eight leading and emerging artists from Western Australia and Victoria.
West Australian urban artists, Trevor Bly and Patrick Doherty explore the collision of graffiti culture and contemporary art in an exhibition which features raw and experimental prints and paintings.
Well known Fremantle realist Marcus Beilby exhibits new work alongside a body of paintings from the City of Fremantle Art Collection that span his forty year career. The exhibition offers a historical insight into Fremantle life and architecture from the late 1970s to now, articulated through Beilby’s ironic gaze and finely tuned realism.
Clare Robertson brings her story to a wider audience with a video installation of cinematic proportions. Her exhibit transports viewers to the remains of the temporary mining camp in the Pilbara that her family once called home, and explores what it means to experience a place from a distance.
US-based artist Jess Johnson will be exhibiting her floor to ceiling wallpaper installation and video work in WA for the first time. Her drawings are highly detailed and densely patterned, populated with architectural features and humanoid figures.
FAC’s winter exhibitions run from 27 May -16 July with a special opening night on Friday 26 May. If you are interested in attending the FREE opening night, please RSVP by 24 May via email, Facebook or on (08) 9432 9565.
Image credits (from top): WARP - Ellen Broadhurst, The Ship That Never Sunk, 2017, film still;
Marcus Beilby, The Sugarbabies (detail), 2015, oil paint on canvas, 97 x 99cm. Image courtesy of the artist;
Claire Robertson, Far From Here, 2016, still from video. Image courtesy of the artist.
Images courtesy of Fremanlte Arts Centre.
Spinifex Arts Project Upgrade
The Spinifex Arts Project is situated on the edge of the remote town of Tjuntjutnjara Community, in the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia. It is one of the most remote art centres in the country, yet produces renowned and sought-after artwork from galleries and collectors worldwide.
Recently, through funding from the Western Australian State Government’s ‘Royalties for Regions’ Creative Regions Program, the Spinifex Arts Project has had the opportunity to develop their studio space allowing them to provide better resources to the artists of the Tjuntjuntjara community.
The first stage in the project was building a new office space. This will enable Spinifex Arts Project to provide professional arts services to regional artists, and will help the centre to maintain its exhibition presence both in Australia and internationally. Works created by the Spinifex Arts Project have been exhibited all over the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Being situated in such a remote region, the Spinifex Arts Project chose a stand-alone solar set up to bring power to the studio. This has provided the space with lights, power points, and internet connection. The absence of these utilities has greatly impacted the capacity of the project to run, so this development has been significantly beneficial to the artists. The addition of water tanks has also allowed the studio to install an evaporative air conditioning system.
The project has allowed regional artists in the Tjuntjuntjara region to have better access to training, develop the skills to practice new art forms and provide networking opportunities. Click here to read more. 
Image credit: Courtesy Spinifex Arts Project
Bank Gallery Space
The Bank Gallery Space in Carnamah, 300 kilometres north of Perth, recently opened for the first time as part of the Australian Heritage Festival.
The building was built as a Bank of Australasia in 1930 and has been restored and re-purposed to serve as a community gallery space with artist accommodation.
The original floor-plan has been reinstated along with the uncovering of pressed metal ceilings, bricked-up fireplaces, covered windows and jarrah floors.
The Bank Gallery Space is a project driven by the North Midlands Project, a not-for-profit organisation known for improving the quality of life, health and wellbeing of the local community.
Prominent West Australian visual artist, Di Taylor, will be the first artist in residence at the gallery. The focus of her work during the residence will be Frank Thomas, a young 1920s bushranger from Coorow.
For more information, click here
Image credit: Courtesy of North Midlands Project
GreyWing - Tura New Music
The second concert in Tura New Music's 2017 Scale Variable New Chamber Music Series features Perth ensemble GreyWing performing Rio 1917 at the State Theatre Centre of WA on Wednesday, 31 May. The performance is a celebration of Latin American modernist and new music and its local connections.
The concert features recent and new works by Chilean/Australian Pedro Alvarez and Peruvian/Australian Eduardo Cossio, and four responses to Villa-Lobos’ seminal Sexteto Mistico by Western Australian composers Ellie Cumming, Sam Gillies, Alexander Turley and Lindsay Vickery. The concert also features a contrasting work by living Brazilian composer Felipe Lara.
Core members Catherine Ashley (harp), Jameson Feakes (guitar) and Lindsay Vickery (clarinet/saxophone) will be joined on the night by special guests Kirsten Smith (flute), Niamh Dell (oboe) and Stewart Smith (piano).
Click here for tickets and more information.
Image credit: Josh Wells. Courtesy of Tura New Music
Extinctions by Josephine Wilson
A novel from Perth-based writer Josephine Wilson has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award
Extinctions, from UWA Publishing, follows curmudgeon Frederick Lothian as he grapples with old age, remorse, and atonement; and his daughter Caroline, who must answer complex questions of family and heritage. This is the first time a UWA Publishing book has made it onto the longlist.
The Miles Franklin Award is widely recognised as the most prestigious literary award in Australia. Established in 1957, the prize is awarded annually to a novel of the highest literary merit that ‘presents Australian life in any of its phrases’.
On the longlisting, Josephine Wilson said, "Selection for a national award like the Miles Franklin is profoundly important to me. As a Western Australian writer published by a local publisher, it is often hard to be embraced by the national writing culture. I am so very grateful that my book has received this recognition, and am honoured to be included with my peers under the name of Miles Franklin".
Western Australians who have won the Award include Kim Scott (2011), Tim Winton (2009, 2002, 1992, 1984), Elizabeth Jolley (1986), and Randolph Stow (1958).
The shortlist will be announced on Sunday 18 June, and the winner in August.
Image credits: Courtesy of UWA Publishing
Exclusive Training Opportunity - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is offering a limited number of places for a unique two-week, puppetry training intensive.
This training intensive will be led by international guest artist Cariad Astles, exclusively visiting Spare Parts from the UK for this course, along with the company’s Associate Director Michael Barlow and performer/director Rebecca Bradley.
This is a rare and exclusive opportunity to learn from experienced and passionate puppetry artists in this highly specialised art form.
Applications close Sunday 28 May 2017, with the course commencing on 31 July 2017.
Visit the website for more information and to apply, or contact Rebecca on (08) 9335 5044 or email
Image credit: 'Object Theatre' by Cariad Asrles.
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