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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
25 November 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.
Creating WA performances with regional flair
Two new grants programs have been established to assist with the creation of new performing arts works and provide opportunities for artist residencies across regional Western Australia.
The first program, ‘New Work in the House’, comprises $1 million in grants for new performing arts works to be produced and premiered in country venues or as part of a regional festival.
Applications for stage one, or pitch, of New Work in the House are now open and close on 15 December 2016. The second stage will open in February 2017 and closes at the end of March 2017.
The second program, ‘Artists in the House’, will assist eligible regional performing arts venues and entertainment centres to activate spaces through residencies with professional WA performing artists. Applications for Artists in the House open in February 2017 and close at the end of March 2017.
Both programs will be available through the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions program and are designed to complement and benefit other Royalties for Regions Creative Regions initiatives. 
The Creative Regions program is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from the Royalties for Regions program. For more information, visit:
Image credit: Connie Fletcher Photography. Gascoyne in May
Creative Partnerships Awards 2017
Do you know someone who has fostered partnerships between the cultural and private sectors and champions giving to the arts?
Creative Partnerships Australia is asking for nominations to the 2017 Creative Partnerships Awards. Arts and cultural organisations, businesses, individual artists and those in the philanthropic sector can nominate individuals for the following categories:
~ Leadership Award
~ Business Leadership Award
~ Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award
~ Philanthropy Leadership Award
Nominations are open now and close 6 February 2017. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of CPA
Arcadia spectacular lights up Elizabeth Quay
Thousands of visitors are expected at Elizabeth Quay over the next three days as international act Arcadia Spectacular gets underway. 
In an Australian-first, the award-winning United Kingdom production featuring a 50,000 tonne mechanical spider, and musical, theatrical and artistic performances, will hold three exclusive shows starting today.
It is anticipated that Arcadia will attract an audience of more than 10,000 people, including several hundred interstate and international visitors.
The audience will be treated to a diverse mix of internationally renowned artists as well as local musicians, including Alison Wonderland, Carmada, Loston, and Elk Road. Thanks to a special union between Arcadia and Yallorr Keeninyarra, audiences will also be treated to a special performance, which has not been performed traditionally in front of the West Australian public in more than a century.
The Arcadia event will be evaluated through the Culture Counts platform, a WA developed and internationally renowned evaluation system, which will help to gauge the public's appreciation of the event and its cultural impact.
The State Government proudly supports the Arcadia Spectacular shows through Tourism WA, the Department of Culture and the Arts, and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of The Event Agency
Symphony in the City 2016
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s (WASO) Symphony in the City is a FREE music spectacular, with classical and movie favourites performed by the Orchestra and the WASO chorus, with conductor Guy Noble.
Symphony in the City 2016 will be on at 7.30pm, Saturday 10 December at Langley Park. It will also be broadcast live over the Westlink network to regional WA audiences.
WASO is a Major Performing Arts Company, which receives funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts, in partnership with the Australian Government through the Australia Council. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Emma van Dordrecht
WA Writing Sector Community Survey
Positive Solutions, together with the Department of Culture and the Arts is currently undertaking a review of the Western Australian writing sector. Individuals from the sector and the general community are invited to provide input.
The goal of this review is to identify current challenges, strengths and opportunities and examine strategies and future directions for the sector. 
Share your opinion and assist in improving the writing sector in Western Australia. You can access the short community survey until 5 December 2016. Click here to complete the survey.
Image credit: ‘Shades of Grey’ by Denise V. Brown
Arts Monitor Survey 2016
The Department of Culture and the Arts has provided the annual Arts Monitor since 2001, which focusses on attendance levels for arts and cultural activities, public support and attitudes toward the arts, and the role arts and culture plays for West Australians and their communities.
Of the 966 people surveyed around WA by the Patterson Research Group, 95 per cent supported the role of arts in the school curriculum and 81 per cent supported government investment in the arts.
Other key results include:
~75 per cent agreed that the arts have a positive impact on individual wellbeing;
~62 per cent agreed that arts and culture contribute to our sense of community; and
~60 per cent agreed that arts and culture play a valuable role in contributing to the State’s identity.
The attendance trends over the past years show a consistently strong support for the sector that goes beyond the short-term impact of major events such as The Giants in 2015.
The results provide data and trend indicators that help inform the work of WA arts organisations and peak industry groups as well as the Government, the Culture and Arts portfolio and other key agencies such as Lotterywest, and the Departments of Education, Health and Tourism. Click here for the results of this year’s Arts Monitor survey. 
Pip & Pop
Perth artist Pip & Pop (Tanya Schultz) returns to her hometown for solo exhibition, When Happiness Ruled. Using coloured sugar, glitter, sequins and other materials, Pip & Pop has created a ‘magically animated and kaleidoscopic landscape in which mountains can move and objects become possessed’.
When Happiness Ruled is a free exhibition, on at the Central Galleries, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) until 24 December 2016. Visit the website to find out more.
PICA receives funding through the Department of Culture and the Arts’ Organisations Investment Program.
Image credit: OK Media
Mujician Mosaic
This December, Tura New Music presents UK free-jazz pianist, composer, and innovator Keith Tippett as the first international residency in their iMprov Program.
Over the course of the residency, Tippett will collaborate, improvise, and perform with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), members of Tura’s iMprov Program, and the specially formed Mujician Mosaic ensemble.
The residency will include two stand-alone concerts. The first is for lovers of contemporary jazz and improvisation; an intimate solo sitting in Tippett’s rehearsal room on 1 December 2016. The residency will then conclude with Mujician Mosaic on 7 December 2016, which features extended collaborations with WAYJO, Tura’s iMprov members, and the Mujician Mosaic ensemble. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of Tura New Music
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