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|New Museum Project - Turning of the sod|
Earlier this week, Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman turned the first sod at the site of the New Museum for Western Australia, ahead of the removal of the glass foyer.
The ceremony marks a significant milestone for the New Museum Project ahead of major construction works, scheduled for mid-2017.
The glass foyer, which is not heritage-listed, was added to the WA Museum in 1999 to link the Hackett Hall and Jubilee buildings. These two heritage buildings will now be linked by a contemporary elevated insertion on the first floor level to create one of four new accessible entrances. Up to 80% of materials from the project will be reused or recycled, including the steel and concrete from the demolition.
The New Museum Project will deliver a world-class museum with exhibition galleries, multipurpose spaces for public programs and community use, as well as lifelong learning studios, and retail and café spaces.
Minister Templeman said Western Australians deserve a world-class museum that shares our stories in innovative and exciting ways.
"The New Museum will showcase the State's extraordinary history, biodiversity, people and places. It will be a museum for all Western Australians and will feature Aboriginal culture as well as the stories of the many people of our multicultural State,” he said.
"It will draw people from across WA and around the world to our capital city and be a gateway to exploring the many and varied wonders of WA."
To read more about the New Museum Project, visit the WA Museum website here.
Image credit: (top) Alec Coles, WA Museum, Chris Palandri, Multiplex, Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman and Premier Mark McGowan at the site of the New Museum © WA Museum photographer Tony McDonough;
(bottom) Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today turned the first sod at the site of the New Museum before the dramatic removal of the former foyer. © WA Museum
|Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap|
The Western Australian screen industry together with diversity interest groups launched the Western Australian Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap last Monday, making a strong statement to the WA community, and the Australian and international screen industries that they believe storytelling and audiences all stand to benefit from a more inclusive screen sector.
The Roadmap is a united effort from all sectors of the industry and diversity interest groups who contributed to the consultation process and development of the unified vision.
Through the strategies and actions set out in the Roadmap, the WA screen industry aims to:
~ Achieve a local screen community that more closely reflects the overall diversity of our State’s population, understands the value of diversity and promotes inclusivity in all its activities; and
~ Develop and produce screen content that is as diverse as its audience, by including stories that draw from a range of experiences and perspectives, and by promoting diverse talent.
Janelle Marr, Screenwest Board Chair said, “The intention is that our differences will bring us together, open up opportunities and provide new avenues in which we can learn and better create stories for a wider audience and fuel a sustainable industry here in Western Australia.”
David Doyle, Executive Director DADAA also spoke at the launch.
“With greater diversity we achieve bigger audiences, stronger community and relevance. In an environment of consolidation and shrinking budgets, there has never been a better time for the entire community of WA to come together, to make the most of strategic partnerships to tell our stories,” Doyle said.
A Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group, made up of screen industry and members of the broader creative industries and diversity sectors, has been established to drive the Roadmap forward, advising Screenwest and other organisations on actions and initiatives to promote change.
Over the next few months Screenwest, working with the soon to be formed WA Screen Industry Advisory Group and the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group, will finalise its own Action Plan that details the agency’s programs, initiatives and funding incentives to support diversity, inclusion and equality as outlined in the Roadmap.
The WA Screen Industry and Diversity Roadmap is published on the Screenwest website and it is encouraged that industry and non-industry distribute it widely in order to continue the conversation and initiate change within their organisations.
|BARRBA WADBIRRA - Journey Together |
The Barrba Wadbirra - Journey Together project saw the unveiling of WA Police's new brightly-coloured uniforms and vehicle wraps, featuring artworks from seven emerging Aboriginal artists. The uniforms will be debuted by more than 2000 WA police officers as part of NAIDOC week celebrations. They will continue to be worn, particularly at community events, in recognition of Aboriginal culture, achievement, and heritage.
As well as wearing the artwork, officers will learn the stories behind each design which represent the different West Australian regions. Six of the uniform designs selected by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs were chosen from the annual Revealed exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre, which showcases works from new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists.
The meaning of the project title is significant in two ways. Firstly, the project originated from a conversation between Bunuba Elder June Oscar OA, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, and Allan Adames, the Kimberley WA Police Superintendent. As the project came into fruition in the Kimberley region, it then spread across the state. The title, Barrba Wadbirra, pays homage to its Bunuba beginnings and is symbolic of this journey, as it translates to 'journey together'. Secondly, naming the project in Bunuba language shows respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and heritage in acknowledgement of the 2017 NAIDOC theme; 'Language Matters'.
Barrba Wadbirra - Journey Together is a collaboration between the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, WA Police, the Fremantle Arts Centre and the Aboriginal artists who licensed their artworks for this purpose.
Read the news story for more information. Artist profiles can be found here.
Image credits: (top) Ballardong artist Bradley Kickett with his artwork depicting Noongar country from an aerial view,
(bottom) Justin Martin. Courtesy of Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
The Commissioner for Children and Young People recently announced an arts-based project that aims to provide a select group of WA children with the opportunity to have their say about what is important in their lives.
The project is known as We Are 10 as it marks the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the establishment of the WA Commissioner for Children and Young People office.
Not only does it mark the anniversary, but it is also a way to celebrate one of the key roles of the Commissioner’s office - to give children in WA a voice in the community.
Year 4 students around the State are invited to express their views on life as a 10 year old in Western Australia, and their ideas on improving the community, using art and words.
The students’ artworks and responses will be displayed on the Commissioner’s website and in venues around WA from December, giving West Australians the opportunity to see what our 10 year olds have to say.
For more information on the We Are 10
project, visit the Commissioner’s website
Image credit: Courtesy of WA Commissioner for Children and Young People
|THE ADVISORS - The Last Great Hunt|
What's the best advice you never asked for? Meet THE ADVISORS
for great guidance and first-rate recommendations.
The newest work from award-winning theatre-makers The Last Great Hunt
, THE ADVISORS
premieres at the State Theatre Centre of WA from 31 May - 10 June. Directed and co-written by award-winning theatremaker Gita Bezard, THE ADVISORS
is performed and co-written by Jeffrey Jay Fowler, Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Frieda Lee, and Mararo Wangai.
Because we all need a little advice from time to time...
|WAM Song Of The Year 2016-17 winners revealed|
The WAM Song Of The Year Awards recently took place at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle to promote the talented, original songwriting of West Australian residents.
More than $40,000 worth of prizes was distributed over the course of the night, with the coveted Grand Prize presented to Sydnee Carter (pictured) for her song When We Were Young.
Sydnee’s impressive CV already includes previous Song Of The Year nominations, contestant on the X Factor, Telstra Road To Discovery Grand Finalist, and a recent collaboration with Slumberjack.
Other winners ranged from established leaders in their genres to exciting revelations with big futures ahead, including: Dan Howls, Ralway Bell, Tobacco Rat, The Intenso Band, Riley Pearce, Rag N’Bone, and Burdiya Mob.
The songs were independently judged by an expansive range of music industry experts from the likes of triple j, The Drones, Pendulum, Mix 94.5, RTRFM, X-Press Magazine, and many more.
Click here for more information on the award winners.
Image credit: Courtesy of WAM
Subiaco Theatre Festival runs from 7 June – 1 July at the Subiaco Arts Centre. Get your tickets here and plan your schedule – two-show packages and season passes are also available.
You can also check out visual artist Kellie Orr, who is taking up a residency at the Subiaco Arts Centre for the duration of the festival.
Subiaco Theatre Festival is presented by Perth Theatre Trust.
Image credit: Courtesy of Perth Theatre Trust
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) will be holding a week of education and community performances from 19 - 25 June. There will be programs for students and music appreciators of all ages and free performances for the public at the Perth Concert Hall, as well as other venues across metropolitan Perth and Mandurah.
Award-winning British composer and music educator, Paul Rissman (pictured), will bring popular children books to life through live orchestra. In addition, well-known Perth vocalist Libby Hammer will present entertaining and engaging programs for both students and the general public.
In addition to these performances, small chamber ensembles of WASO musicians will visit children at Princess Margaret Hospital, and will present an interactive performance for students with special education needs as part of the Harmony Music.
Visit the website to reserve seats or phone 9326 0000.
Image credits: Courtesy of WASO