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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
17 March 2017
Department of Culture and the Arts Grants Programs
Now open
Major grant categories are now open for the following programs in 2017:
 ~ Community Engagement Grants Program - 15k-plus
    Applications close 23 March for projects commencing on/after 1 July 2017
 ~ Creative Development Grants Program - 15k-plus
    Applications close 13 April for projects commencing on/after 1 July 2017
 ~ Scholarship and Fellowships Program – Young People and the Arts International Scholarship
    Applications close 13 April for projects commencing on/after 1 July 2017
Apply any time
Applications to the U-15k categories of the Creative Development, Commercial Development, Community Engagement, and Aboriginal Arts Grants Program 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.
Upcoming Grants Programs - Information Session
The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) will be hosting an Information Session for potential applicants of the upcoming annual Scholarship and Fellowships Program - Young People and the Arts International Scholarship, and the major Grants Program Creative Development 15k-plus.
DCA Project Officers will outline the objectives and requirements of the Programs and provide an overview of the assessment criteria, plus some tips for submitting an application.
The Information Session will run from 5:30pm-7pm on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at the King Street Arts Centre. This is a free event.  Places are limited and registrations are necessary.
For further information, visit the DCA website.
Margaret River Region Open Studios
At the Margaret River Region Open Studios, visual artists and artists from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin open their studio doors. Art lovers can move from venue to venue to enjoy and purchase original art, meet the artists and view their works in progress, while exploring the South West region of WA.
Works may include paintings, drawings, sculpture, hand blown glass, print making, handmade furniture, as well as jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many other media.
The 2017 event is completely FREE and is set to be the biggest so far, with 127 artists participating over 16 days from 22 April to 7 May.
Why not plan your own art trail? Each open studio will be clearly identified on a detailed map in the 2017 Event Catalogue and a full list of the artists can be found on the website.

Image credit: Elements Margaret River
Courtesy Margaret River Region Open Studios
Harmony Week 2017
Celebrate WA’s diversity with Harmony Week 2017, which runs from 15-21 March every year. Harmony Week is a time to celebrate our diverse heritage and reflect on the many social, cultural, and economic benefits it brings to WA.
The Office of Multicultural Interests’ (OMI) Harmony Week Kit has many ideas for celebrating with your friends and family, and in your workplace or institution.
You can also celebrate in your community, with trails around the city exploring how WA’s many culturally and linguistically diverse communities have helped shape Perth’s development. Other events can be found on the OMI’s Community events calendar.
Harmony Week is an opportunity for all West Australians to celebrate our diversity while working to remove barriers that still exist in the community.
For more information, visit the OMI website.
Image credit: Courtesy of the Office of Multicultural Interests
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company's Family Picnic
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company invites you to their Family Picnic at the Subiaco Arts Centre Theatre Gardens, marking the opening of their KAYA Subiaco Program.
Bring your own picnic, and enjoy samples of Kangaroo Stew and Damper while listening to live music from Jarred Wall, lead singer of Jake and the Cowboys.
Yirra Yaakin’s Family Picnic is on from 5:30pm–8pm on Friday, 31 March 2017. 
Image credit: Courtesy Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Revealed Exhibition 2017: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists
It’s that time of year, where the 2017 Revealed Exhibition will run from 8 April – 21 May at the Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC).
This is your chance to view works by more than 75 new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists from across the State. The works showcase both diverse and vibrant contemporary Aboriginal art; with paintings, prints, wood carvings, photography, video, weaving, textiles, and more.
Not only is this exhibition free to attend, but all works in the exhibition are for sale and this won’t be the only opportunity to purchase some exquisite Aboriginal art. There will also be the return of the free Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market on 8 April.
Many Aboriginal art centres will be selling original and affordable works that can be purchased direct from the artists. Works start at $50 with 100 per cent of the sales profits to be returned to the makers and art centres.
So head down and see the vibrant diversity of WA Aboriginal works from artists from the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West, Goldfields, Western Desert, Great Southern and the metropolitan area.
Also, don’t miss your chance to listen to Aboriginal artist-led conversations, known as ‘Our Story, Your Story’, held on 7 April, from 10am-12pm. This is a free event and a great opportunity to hear about the importance and diversity of art and culture with senior and emerging artists from unique communities and regions across WA. These artists will also discuss the new techniques and technologies being harnessed to produce fashion, animation, textiles, preservation of language, and more.
For more information on 2017 Revealed visit the FAC website here.
Image credit: Victor Burton, Nyiirnkajarra (detail), 2016, 46 x 61 cm, acryclic on canvas. Image courtesy of the Artist and Spinifex Hill Studios, Port Hedland.
Australian Performing Arts Market 2018 - Applications Now Open
Keen to get your show on the national or international touring circuit? Want to find partners for your new work in development?
Apply now to be part of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2018 - an internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts.
Applications are accepted for two program categories:
1. Showcase (for productions that have premiered and are tour-ready), and
2. Pitch (for works in development).
APAM roadshow information sessions will be held across Australia and in Auckland during March and April 2017. The information session in Perth will be held at the Subiaco Arts Centre on Tuesday, 4 April 2017.
Program applications close midnight 3 July 2017 (AEST).
Image credit: APAM 2018 Creative Identity
Top Russian new chamber music artists to perform in Perth
Russia’s premier new music artists will perform in Perth for the first time in May, as part of their first-ever Australian tour.
Tura New Music will present the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) at the Subiaco Arts Centre on Tuesday, 2 May at 7.30pm as part of Tura’s 2017 Scale Variable New Chamber Music Series.
This marks the first time the Moscow Comtemporary Music Ensemble have visited Australia for a national tour.
Since their inception in 1990, the MCME have premiered some 800 new works and released more than 40 recordings on labels worldwide.  
The Perth concert will feature Ivan Bushuev (flute), Oleg Tantsov (clarinet), Mikhail Dubov (piano) and Vladisal Pesin (violin). 
They will perform works by Russian composers Edison Denisov, Alexei Sioumak, Dmitri Kourliandski and Sergei Newski, and international composers Tristan Murail and Beat Furrer.
Alongside these works MCME have commissioned a work by Australian composer Michael Smetanin specifically for this Australian tour with support from the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation. 
There is an early bird ticket offer of $23 + booking fee for an adult ticket. This offer expires at midnight on Wednesday, 29 March. The code word is MOSCOW.
Tickets are available from
Image credit: Courtesy of Tura New Music
Good Play Club
The Blue Room Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company presented their first Good Play Club event for the year on Tuesday, 14 March with Clare Watson (Artistic Director; Black Swan State Theatre Company) as special guest joining Black Swan Associate Director, Jeffrey Jay Fowler to discuss Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.  
The Good Play Club, which began in 2016, invites the theatre-makers of Perth to come together and stand on the shoulders of giants. Each month a different play from the canon of great theatrical works is read at an informal gathering, followed by a guided conversation led by Fowler and an invited guest artist.
The idea behind this initiative is to foster conversation among the artists of Perth about the origins of the art form, and how it has led to contemporary practice. It creates an opportunity for people across various parts of the theatre community to engage intellectually with other artists and to see how the theatre being staged in Perth today fits its historical context.
Places for each event are limited and a RSVP is essential.  For further information please visit the website
Image credit: Daniel James Grant. Pictured: Clare Watson and Jeffrey Jay Fowler.
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