23 June 2017



On 1 July 2017, the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) will amalgamate with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, and the local government and office of multicultural interests functions of the Department of Local Government and Communities to establish the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The Department of Aboriginal Affairs’ Aboriginal History Research Unit will also join the new the Department.

These changes are designed to provide better services to the community and maximise opportunities to deliver a more efficient and effective public sector for all West Australians.

During the transition phase you can continue to access our services and information through the regular channels.

The DCA will still be based on Level 14 at 140 William Street, Perth.

While email domains will change to from 1 July 2017, staff will still be contactable through the regular email domain addresses during the transition.

All telephone numbers, and our website -, will remain the same.

An initial website home page for the new department, which will go live on 1 July 2017 is shown below. The page links to the current websites.



The Integrating Art Production and Economic Development in the Kimberley research project was undertaken by Distinguished Professor David Throsby and Ms Ekaterina Petetskaya from Macquarie University in 2015-2016, with support from the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Commonwealth Department of Communication and the Arts.
The Macquarie University study is part of a National Survey of Remote Indigenous Artists, which investigates how art and cultural production can provide a viable pathway towards economic empowerment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote towns, settlements and outstations.
The objective of the National Survey is to produce a nationally representative database on how individual Indigenous artists in remote Australia establish, maintain and develop their professional art practice. The Kimberley region of northern Western Australia is the first region to be included in the database.

Key findings of the research include:

  • There are approximately 2.5 - 3.1 thousand creative artists in the Kimberley.

  • Over half of these artists have been practising art for more than 20 years.

  • The art centres have provided sustained support for visual artists and had a positive impact on careers, yet more adequate infrastructure is needed for performing artists.

  • The potential for cultural tourism in the Kimberley to promote sustainable economic development and support art and cultural production was widely supported by the artists surveyed and deserves further investigation.

  • Overall, the prospect for expanding the role of art and cultural production as a means for generating incomes and jobs in remote communities, especially for young people, appears to be viewed favourably by artists in the Kimberley region.

The research supports the integration of arts and culture more effectively into regional development strategies, as a source of both economic and cultural empowerment for Indigenous communities.

View the report on the DCA Research Hub



The name Goologoolup relates to the area that now sits between the Perth Train Station and the Perth Cultural Centre. Goologoolup is not a well-known name but it is referred to in the Noongarpedia Project as "The place children go where the red clay and Waakul came down".

NAIDOC Week will be held from 2-9 July in 2017. It is a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, and achievement.

The theme this year - 
Our Languages Matter – emphasises the important role of Indigenous languages in cultural identity.

The Goologoolup NAIDOC Week Celebration Program is out now, featuring heaps of FREE events and activities across the Perth Cultural Centre for the entire week.

The State Library of Western Australia, in partnership with the Western Australian Museum and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs will be hosting the
Right Wrongs: 1967 Referendum - The WA Story, reimagining our understanding of the 1967 Referendum and its impact on our identity, through the voices and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Everyone has a history - Part One: Plain Speak is on now at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and will continue through NAIDOC Week 2017. The exhibition presents personal stories from Indigenous artists told through their art. Guided tours and artist talks are available. 

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) also has a range of activities, including the
When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum exhibition.

On 5 July, join the
State Records Office at a lunchtime seminar on researching Aboriginal family history in the State Archives Collection. 

There will also be special events on Saturday 8 April - Community Day - including weaving with Noongar painter, sculptor and weaver Sharyn Egan at PICA and Bush Tucker demonstrations. 

Check out the program to view all of these and many more events. All are FREE and are in walking distance within the Perth Cultural Centre. Click here to plan your week.

For other NAIDOC week celebrations across Western Australia, click



The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) is making a callout to all WA culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) artists for an artwork commission (painting only) to promote and enliven Harmony Week in 2018.

The winning artwork will be applied throughout the 2018 Harmony Week campaign and will provide visual symbolism to celebrate WA’s vibrant CALD communities.

Artwork brief - the artwork will be a celebration of cultural diversity and respect in WA. It should be a vibrant and dynamic design and able to be applied across multiple platforms to reach a wide audience. The artwork should reflect community and diversity, however, it can also draw upon personal culture—your heritage, identity and difference.  

The commission is up to $4000—depending on the career level of the artist. Full details, including selection criteria and a submission form, are available

Submissions close 5.00pm Friday 7 July 2017.

What is Harmony Week?


Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State.

The week runs from 15–21 March every year and encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate WA's wealth of cultural, linguistic, faith and ethnic diversity.

Harmony Week is a State Government multicultural community relations initiative. More information is available at



Image credit: Jeff Busby. Courtesy of Victorian College of the Arts - University of Melbourne.

With the support of APRA AMCOS, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Victorian College of the Arts - University of Melbourne (VCA) are offering a career-making opportunity for musical-theatre writers and composers to present their work at the ASCAP Music Theatre workshop.
The workshop, to be held in Melbourne in early 2018, includes an expert panel led by Broadway and Disney composer Stephen Schwartz, best known for composing Wicked.
A Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, and six-time Tony nominee, Stephen Schwartz says he is excited to be returning to his “favourite country” to support aspiring musical theatre makers.
“I have always been impressed with the high quality of writing by Australian music theatre creators and hope we will encourage and nurture their original new works,” he said.
Margot Fenley, Head of Music Theatre at VCA said they are interested in supporting the development of new Australian musicals.
“We’re looking for works with original scores that are by Australian writers/composers, though not necessarily confined to Australian themes. They could be commercial large-scale musicals or more intimate pieces. And of course we’re looking for artists who are hungry for the kind of expert critical feedback that Stephen and the panel will be able to provide,” she said.
Dean Ormston from APRA AMCOS said the workshop will create potentially life changing opportunities for Australian writers.
“We are thrilled to assist in presenting a musical theatre workshop in Melbourne in 2018, enabling Australian artists to showcase original compositions and gain valuable insights from one of the world’s most accomplished and honoured musical theatre composers.”
Applicants are required to provide a script sample and a musical score, which will be reviewed by a panel of Australian musical theatre professionals before the finalists are selected.
Submissions for two coveted places are now open and close 14 August 2017. For more information and to apply, click



APACA, the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association, will present the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) and ‘Outside, In’ – this year’s performing arts conference – in Sydney, from 21-24 August 2017.
This year, there will be more than 60 pitches and presentations, more professional development sessions, more opportunities to see live excerpts and full length performances, and tonnes of networking opportunities.
PAX is a great opportunity for artists, arts managers, programmers and other industry professionals from across Australia to connect with each other.
Included in the line-up are WA arts organisations: Performing Lines – Edmund the Beginning, MAXIMA, Sensorium Theatre Projects & Performing Lines WA – Whoosh, Performing Lines WA – Maybe (   ) Together, Marrugecku – Burrbgaja Yalirra, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre – Roald Dahl’s The Twit’s, and Barking Gecko Theatre Company.
These arts organisations are recurrently funded by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.
To check out the full line-up or for more information visit the



The new Six Seasons Gallery (named after the Noongar six seasons) is a space dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
There are nearly 3,000 Indigenous works of art from across Australia held at the Gallery and each one of these works offers insights, small and large, into Indigenous art, life, culture and experience.
The first display is Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art. This exhibition includes art that deals with the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people, and touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to 'Country' – a word Aboriginal people use to describe the lands and places in Australia to which they have traditional ties.
The exhibition, however, illustrates more than people's love of Country. It also alerts us to the history and experiences of being an outsider in white Australian society.

Outside includes works of art by artists such as Shane Pickett, Lance (Tjyllyungoo) Chadd, Danie Mellor, Brenda L. Croft, Lena Nyadbi and Lin Onus, who, together, bring the idea of 'outside' inside for all of us to see. Paintings, photography, drawings, prints and sculpture fill the show.

This is a FREE exhibition opening on 29 July 2017. For more information visit the website.


Image credit - Shane Pickett Six Seasons: A suite of Prints 2005-2006 (detail). Etching on archival paper, six parts: 34 x 49 cm (image); 60 x 80 cm (paper) each. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 2006.


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