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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
17 October 2016
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.
The Nutcracker
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the West Australian Ballet with one of the world’s most loved ballets, The Nutcracker, coming to town this November.
From 18 November – 11 December 2016, The Nutcracker will be performed at His Majesty’s Theatre by the West Australian Ballet with the West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The ballet is set to the iconic Tchaikovsky score, which includes Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Russian Trepak. The audience will be able to delight in these familiar melodies while the West Australian Ballet’s full Company dance on stage each performance. Click here for further information.
Image credit: Robert Johnson
10th Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
For the first time, the Art Gallery of WA is hosting the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture in partnership with ARTrinsic Inc. The State’s premier portraiture prize showcases portraits and self-portraits from 40 Australian finalists, including 13 West Australians.
The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture exhibition is free, and is opened to the public from 8-31 October 2016.
The winner of the $50,000 Lester Group Prize was announced at the Major Award Night on 14 October 2016 and is Fremantle artist Rachel Coad, for her portrait of artist Waldemar Kolbusz titled 'Indian Summer'.
The inaugural $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize was awarded to Mark Tweedie, after the 40 finalists voted for their favourite portrait.
The awards were highly competitive this year with a record 484 entries. Voting for the $7,500 Amana Living People's Choice Prize closes at 5pm on 24 October 2016 and will be announced on 26 October 2016. Click here for more information.
Image credit:Tessa McOnie, Kimba 2015, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist
UWA architecture students 'future proofing' the Perth Cultural Centre
University of Western Australia (UWA) students studying for their Master’s degrees in Architecture have reimagined the cultural facilities in the Perth Cultural Centre.
The results of their work are on display in the exhibition FUTUREPROOF: Public spaces for the next generations, which opened at the State Theatre Centre of WA on Saturday 15 October 2016.
The project and exhibition are the result of a partnership between the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) and UWA, through UWA’s Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development program.
Students from UWA’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts were given free rein to reimagine and ‘future proof’ the Cultural Centre.
‘Future proofing’ is a commitment to remaining contemporary - requiring a pro-active approach, regular evaluation, and the agility to implement fresh perspectives in response to emerging trends.
The exhibition includes the work of 16 UWA students studying for a Masters in Architecture.
FUTUREPROOF: Public spaces for the next generations will be on display until Sunday 23 October 2016 in the Studio Underground foyer at the State Theatre Centre of WA Monday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm and on Sundays 1.30pm-5.30pm.
For more information visit
Image credit: Courtesy of the University of Western Australia
Regional Galleries Forum
The Regional Galleries Forum, facilitated by ART ON THE MOVE will be held on Friday 4 November 2016 at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, from 9am-5pm.
The Forum enables members of the arts community to raise concerns and highlight key issues that will help to create a vision for the future of visual arts in WA.
Renowned creative industry professionals and representatives from regional venues and galleries across WA and interstate will speak at the event, including the Department of Culture and the Arts' A/Executive Director of Arts and Cultural Development, Colin Walker.
Mr Walker will be joined by freelance curator and facilitator for strategic planning initiatives, Director of Development at DADAA Ricky Arnold; a Bindjareb Nyoongar person, a traditional owner, musician, songwriter, culture teacher and Nyoongar language teacher George Walley; Director of the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale Robert Heather; Chair of CircuitWest Guy Boyce; established artist, Visual Arts Officer for City of Albany and board member for ART ON THE MOVE Indra Geidans; and artist and researcher, as well as Chair of Artsource Miik Green.
The Forum is a free event but you must register to attend. Registrations close Friday 14 October 2016. Click here to register and for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of the Regional Galleries Forum
Fitzgerald Biosphere
One of FORM’s final solo exhibitions of the year is the must-see Fitzgerald Biosphere, which showcases new work by the popular Fremantle-based artist Amok Island.
Over the past 18 months, FORM in partnership with CBH Group, launched a series of monumental street art murals on CBH grain silos across southern Western Australia, including Australia’s first silo mural project in the Wheatbelt community of Northam in March 2015.
The Fitzgerald Biosphere exhibition is related to Amok Island’s recently completed commission for CBH silos in Ravensthorpe, within the Fitzgerald Biosphere, an area of internationally significant biodiversity situated at the border of the Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern regions. Like his silo mural, the exhibition works — which include a commissioned mural on the gallery wall — depict a selection of flora endemic to the Biosphere, which contains 20 per cent of Western Australia’s native plant species.
The exhibition is complemented by a selection of short films that showcase highlights from FORM’s regional program in recent years. Don’t miss your chance to view the exhibition, which runs until January 2017 at FORM Gallery Perth.
Image credit: Courtesy of FORM
2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards
The  2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards were recently held at the State Library of Western Australia, with a total prize pool of $125,000 shared between the nine category winners.
Renowned Australian author Helen Garner won Western Australia's top literary award, the prestigious $25,000 Premier's Prize, for her non-fiction book 'The House of Grief'. 
This is the first year the biennial awards format has been used, calling for works published over two calendar years; 2014 and 2015. In result, 792 eligible entries were received from authors living in WA and interstate. Of these entries, 223 were written by authors living in WA and more than 70 publishers were from WA including self publishers, UWA Publishing, Fremantle Press and Magabala Books in Brroome. 
The awards recognise the scope of works available to readers, from non-fiction works, traditional novels, and poetry collections in hard copy, to digital narratives available on smart devices.
During the awards ceremony, the work of the late Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton was acknowledged for his contribution to documenting West Australian history with a number of publications recognised in previous Premier's Book Awards. Click here for more information on these awards. 
Image credit: Sourced from State Library of Western Australia
WA Symphony Orchestra's visit to the United Arab Emirates and China

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has performed at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival in a first for a major Australian orchestra. In addition, WASO’s Education Chamber Orchestra and Brass Quintet performed for students at two leading Chinese schools as part of the festival’s inaugural education performances.
Following the festival, WASO went on to perform an all-Wagner program in the opening concert of the Abu Dhabi Classics Season at the invitation of the United Arab Emirates, also a first for a major Australian orchestra.
The State Government supported the tour with funding of $250,000.
As part of its international engagement strategy WASO has developed a cross cultural partnership with the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) over the past three years.
The orchestra presented Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s Kakadu in the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall and works including those of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, and French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saens at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
Australian film producer Alan Lindsay accompanied the tour as part of a project documenting the partnership between WASO and the CPO. The resulting film, Harmony is planned for release in Australian cinemas and on Foxtel Arts in 2017.
Image credit: WASO and Principal Conductor Asher Fisch performing Mahler earlier this year
Repeal Week 2016
As part of the WA Government’s Reinvigorated Regulatory Reform Plan, Repeal Week highlighted the Government’s red tape reduction achievements, reducing unnecessary regulation, and repealing obsolete legislation.
Repeal Week was recently held from 11-13 October 2016. This year, DCA had two initiatives on the Red Tape Reduction Report Card.
The first initiative was the changes to the grants program, which now focuses on project outcomes rather than art forms. Artists can now apply under one of three categories: Creative Development, Commercial Development or Community Engagement. This doubles the number of funding avenues available to artists and creative industry professionals.
The second initiative is the development of the Culture Counts application that assesses the public value of the arts and saves the arts sector $950,000 on research and consultation costs. Culture Counts captures, analyses and reports on public, peer and artist feedback based on standardised metrics of quality in real-time.
For more information about these initiatives, and red tape reduction achievements from other departments, check out the whole-of-government Red Tape Reduction Report Card
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