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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
16 September 2016
Department of Culture and the Arts grants
Now open
Applications are open for the Aboriginal Arts Grants Program, 15k-plus category. Applications are due Friday 16 September by 4.00pm, for a project/activity start date of 1 January 2017.
Applications are open for the Commercial Development Grants Program, 15k-plus category. Applications are due by 6 October 2016, for a project/activity start date of 1 January 2017.
Applications are open for Round 2 of the Regional Touring Boost Program. Applications are due by 6 October 2016, for a project/activity start date of 1 January 2017.
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.
Peer Assessor Pool 2017-2019
Every three years, DCA issues a call-out to the arts and creative industry sectors in WA seeking expressions of interest for appointment to a pool of peer assessors for DCA's grants programs. Successful candidates are appointed for a three-year term and assigned to panels as required on the basis of their individual expertise, experience and/or as representatives of particular community sectors.
As the appointment term for the existing pool concludes this year, DCA has now commenced recruiting for the pool of peer assessors for 2017 to 2019.
An invitation to submit an Expression of Interest is being issued to arts, cultural and creative practitioners, workers and professionals across the sector through Online Grants, social media and other communication channels.
DCA is keen to ensure a broad representation of different types of creative practice, specialist knowledge and community interests in the membership of the Peer Assessor Pool - in particular, representation from young people, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), Aboriginal and regional communities. Enquiries and requests for more information can be directed to the Grants and Programs team by email at [email protected] or phone on 6552 7400.
Western Australian theme for stadium poem
The Perth Stadium facade is the canvas for a poem celebrating Western Australian people from the past, present and future.
The poem, named 'Kaya' (which means 'hello' or 'yes'), interweaves 11 verses of indigenous Noongar prose with six verses of English text. This poem is etched into 68 pre-cast concrete panels that circle the podium level of the stadium.
The artwork was created by Curtin University Professor Kim Scott in close collaboration with members of the Whadjuk Working Party, representing the traditional landowners.
This artwork is the first of the three public artworks commissioned for the stadium under the $2 million State Government Percent for Art Scheme. The 'Wandering' wall has been installed in the north-west corner of the Sports Precinct and another installation will be revealed in the coming months.
The construction of the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is now more than 52 per cent complete and remains on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season. Click here for more information or watch a short video here.
Image credit: Sport and Recreation Minister Davies with Prof. Kim Scott, image courtesy of Department of Sport and Recreation
Narrogin's Burdiya Mob listen and learn
Community Arts Network (CAN) and a group of Noongar teenagers from Narrogin have spent an action packed week shooting a music video clip to accompany an original song they have written and recorded called Djarliny (Listen).
The video shoot took place at various significant locations in and around Narrogin to capture a mix of traditional and contemporary Noongar life.
Local Elders were a crucial part of the production, using it as an opportunity to teach cultural skills to the teenagers, such as tanning roo skins, making fire and creating tools from bush materials.
CAN has been delivering a multi-facetted community arts program in Narrogin to help encourage Noongar students to attend school.
Filmmakers Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, Daniel Craig and Ross Metcalf, Hip Hop musician and beats producer Scott Griffiths, choreographers Rita Nsubuga, Taufiq Badal, Ian Wilkes and Connie Yarran and Noongar singer and language advisor Gina Williams have been working closely with a core group of students.
The result is an original hip hop track and video clip which features Noongar language and cultural pride. The message in the song is to listen, most importantly, to listen to Elders.
The track, Djarliny, was entered in the Triple J Unearthed high school competition and received national airplay. Presenter Alex Dyson described it as a 'Killer track'.
Post production of the video clip and a behind the scenes documentary is now underway.
Image credit: Boys tanning roo skin, image courtesy of CAN
2016 Western Australian Premiers Book Awards
The 2016 Western Australian Premiers Book Awards will be held on Monday 3 October 2016 at the State Library inside the Discovery Lounge.
The Premier's Book Awards have a long and proud history being awarded since 1982 when they were known as the WA Week Literary Awards.
This is the first year that the biennial awards format has been used, calling for works published over two calendar years; 2014 and 2015. The awards received 792 eligible entries with 223 entries written by authors living in Western Australia.
Of the shortlisted titles 16 were authored, or co-authored by writers living in Western Australia. Reflecting the changing nature of the medium through which we consume literature 32 e-books and Digital Narrative works were submitted for consideration.
Image credit: Courtesy of State Library of Western Australia
Worn Land: Four Contemporary Jewellers in the Pilbara

The raw beauty of the North West is evoked in new work created by four prominent Australian contemporary jewellers for FORM's latest exhibition, Worn Land, which will run from 23 September - 16 November 2016 at The Goods Shed, Claremont.
Artists Yuko Fujita, Nicky Hepburn, Pennie Jagiello, and Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, travelled with FORM to the Pilbara to produce jewellery and objects influenced by this stunning regional environment and by the people who live there.
These Melbourne-based jewellers crafted a new body of work inspired by the rich and vibrant landscapes of the region and the profound impact they have on both those who visit and live in the Pilbara.
"The raw and extreme. This is evident in the colours - they are extreme, and yet muted," artist Nicky Hepburn said.
Alongside the exhibition FORM will have a full public program, with workshops, artist talks, schools program and a creative boot camp to unlock your creativity. Click here for more information.
Exhibition curator Mollie Hewitt said the Worn Land artworks were created in response to the time these remarkable artists spent in the Pilbara.
"The results engage with the landscape as ungraspable and resistant through explorations of materiality and scale," she said.
"Since early colonisation, Australian landscapes have frequently been conceived of as actively resistant to Western knowledge and the non-Indigenous body, a trope that persists even in contemporary explorations into remote and regional Western Australia."
Image credit: Courtesy of FORM
Sun is shining on Peel for filming of Three Summers
The feature film, Three Summers, will be the first project filmed in WA supported by the new Regional Film Fund.
Three Summers will be shot entirely in the Peel region and will be produced and post-produced in WA, with shooting starting this month.
The feature film is anticipated to fuse romance and music with political satire; using the Fairbridge Festival as its creative inspiration. Three Summers was written and directed by Ben Elton, the multi-award wining novelist, playwright, television writer and lyricist. 
Screenwest Chief Executive, Ian Booth, said the fund is helping to attract quality productions to shoot in regional Western Australia.
"The aim of the Regional Film Fund is to stimulate regional screen industry activity, build local capacity and contribute to the liveability and vibrancy of regional Western Australia," Mr Booth said.
"Projects can have such a strong impact to the economic areas in which they work. Recent examples of this were Jasper Jones which was filmed for four weeks in Pemberton and also Breath which shot for over six weeks in Denmark."
Three Summers will be produced by Australian production companies Taylor Media and Invisible Republic, and is funded with the support of Screenwest, Screen Australia, Transmission Films and Arclight Films.
The $16 million film fund was backed by the Royalties for Regions program. This project is expected to stimulate Australia's growing screen industry and help increase employment and skills development in regional communities. Click here for more information.
"Unknown Land"
Experience WA through the eyes of the first European explorer and colonists with "Unknown  Land".
The "Unknown Land" exhibition will run from 17 September 2016 to 30 January 2017 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and complements the "Resistance" exhibition which focussed on aboriginal responses to European settlement.
"Unknown Land" features more than 150 artworks sourced from the State Art Collection along with key local and national loans. The exhibition offers a unique perspective on the early years of European colonisation of Western Australia. 
Through visually rich content, the exhibition charts the many ways in which Western Australia was documented and recorded, offering different perspectives on how Europeans mapped space and converted into place. The exhibition features the earliest watercolours, paintings and drawings of Western Australia's iconic locations still familiar, but now mostly transformed.
The exhibition will be supported with a strong program of public events including talks, tours, workshops and school holiday activities aimed at families. Click here for more information.
Image credit: View across the coastal plain 1827, by Frederick Garling
The Cry
The Cry, created by Artstic Director Raewyn Hill will hit the stage with the first full length work for Co3, from 15-17 September 2016.
The work explores the richness of human existence and is accompanied by a new score, performed live by composer and musician Eden Mulholland, Hill's long-time collaborator.
The Cry will premiere at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia and features Co3 company members Katherine Gurr, Mitch Harvey, Zachary Lopez, Talitha Maslin, Andrew Searle and Russell Thorpe.
The performance will be set against a stark and clinical backdrop, as the audience follows the story of the characters as they develop relationships, which ebb and flow, and inevitably react to each other. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of Co3
Ones to Watch Arcadia Comp
Arcadia Australia has co-launched a competition with Pilerats for three local DJs to open Arcadia Australia each night from 25-27 November 2016.
Arcadia Australia and Pilerats are looking for producers who are able to play a 30 minute DJ set. Entrants must submit a 30 minute mix that features at least one original production or remix.
There will be three different winners, one to play opening set each night of Arcadia Australia, including one entrant aged 13-17 to play the Sunday show.
To enter the competition, entrants must send an email to [email protected] (ONES TO WATCH ARCADIA COMP in the subject header); and include a link to their mix via a private Soundcloud link (preferred) or Dropbox/Wetransfer; a short biography; and the preferred night they would like to play. The competition will be open until 7 October 2016.
Image credit: Courtesy of Arcadia Spectacular
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