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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
28 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.
Launch of Strategic Directions 2016-2031
Strategic Directions 2016-2031 was launched on 27 October 2016 and is the first long-term strategic direction developed for the arts and culture sector in Western Australia.
The document presents a road map for the future that will help ensure ambitions for the sector are realised through a unified approach by government, the community and private enterprise.
Many local, national and international partners will assist in identifying new opportunities for continual creative growth and expression.
Some things we can look forward to in 2031 is a bigger and busier culture and arts sector that continuously creates new jobs and opportunities.
In addition, in 2031 the State can expect to see a strong Aboriginal culture manifested through its heritage, language, cultural practices and connection to country. The State can also expect that Western Australians will have equitable access to high quality arts and cultural experiences wherever they live in Western Australia.
The growth in outer metropolitan areas brings yet another dynamic. Home to the most culturally diverse populations in the State, these areas will demand cultural experiences that are authentic, relevant, and supported by suitable infrastructure.
The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) will establish a process that ensures ongoing dialogue between DCA, other government agencies, local government, the sector and the public for the purpose of advocating, monitoring and reviewing ‘Strategic Directions’.
Strategic Directions 2016-2031 was established by the Arts Leadership Group to bring together the arts, culture and creative industries sector with government, business and the community.
Boodjar Kaatijin
Be spellbound by the puppetry, masks and glow in the dark elements from Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s Boodjar Kaatijin, the third in the Kaatijin series. From Noongar knowledge and storytelling, learn about ‘the first sunrise, the creation of Kings Park, how the Kangaroo got its colour; how the echidna got its spikes and the creation of Wave Rock and the Stars’.

The show is suitable for audiences 4+ and runs 27 October - 5 November at the Subiaco Arts Centre. Get your tickets here:

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is a funded organisation through the Department of Culture and the Arts WA’s Organisations Investment Program. This production is also presented by the Western Australian Museum.
Image credit: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Screenwest moving to new office
As of Monday 31 October 2016, Screenwest will have a new home.
Screenwest will be located on the second floor of the ABC building on Fielder Street in East Perth. All email addresses will remain the same, however phone numbers will change – the main switchboard phone number will be (08) 6169 2100.
The move is in line with the agency’s Strategic Plan to be more connected to the industry and the ABC building is a perfect fit for the agency, industry and the ABC.
Screenwest’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021 was recently released. The Plan builds on the great work and successes of WA’s screen industry to date – embracing change, and continuing to be competitive, innovative and progressive on a national and international scale.
Image credit: Courtesy of Screenwest
Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World
Merchants and sailors have crossed the Indian Ocean for thousands of years and 70 per cent of the world’s goods continue to do so today.
From 31 October 2016, Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World will be on display at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. This is your chance to take your own journey across the Indian Ocean and discover its rich history through ancient objects and stories about its traders, explorers and the many different peoples who inhabit its shores.
One of the many highlights of the exhibition is the Rijksmuseum’s Dirk Hartog Dish, which was nailed to a timber post 400 years ago on remote Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay. The dish will be exhibited alongside more than 100 objects from international and national museums until the close of the exhibition on 23 April 2017.
Tickets to the exhibition can be purchased via the WA Museum’s website.
Click here to view a short video by WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles for more information on the 400th anniversary of Hartog’s landing.
Image credit: Courtesy of the WA Museum
This year’s WAMCon features the largest number of national and international speakers in its history, including keynote speaker The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard, and a total of 70+ music industry leaders! WAMCon is presented as part of WAMFest 2016, the‘peak annual showcase and celebration of original WA contemporary music’.
There are also opportunities for networking while receiving expert advice from music industry representatives. Purchasing a ticket to WAMCon before 31 October also puts you in the draw to climb aboard the QuayNote Boat Party with Death Disco’s Anton Maz.
WAMCon is on from 4-5 November 2016 at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. Check out the link for the full line-up of speakers:
Image credit: Courtesy of WAMCon
Fremantle Press turns 40
This year, the Fremantle Press will celebrate 40 years as a publisher of uniquely Western Australian stories.
Fremantle Press is a not-for-profit publishing house that has played a major role in establishing a profound literary reputation, which WA enjoys today.
The anniversary will be celebrated at Fremantle Arts Centre on 2 November 2016 with the announcement of the 2016 winner of the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award, which is WA’s longest running and most prestigious award for unpublished manuscripts.
With music by State Living Treasure Dave Warner and readings by WA’s best storytellers, this is a free event for the public to celebrate four decades of great local stories.
To get your free ticket visit:
Image credit: Courtesy of Fremantle Press
The Pearl Fishers
The first masterpiece from French composer Bizet, The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles) from West Australian Opera, is a story of friendship and betrayal. This is a new Opera Conference production by Michael Gow, featuring West Australian Opera Chorus and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
The Pearl Fishers is performed at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth with remaining sessions on 29 October and 1, 3, and 5 November 2016. This is the final show in West Australian Opera’s 2016 season.
West Australian Opera is a Major Performing Arts Company, receiving funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts in partnership with the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.
Image credit: Emma Matthews as Leila in The Pearl Fishers. Photography by Jeff Busby
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Department of Culture and the Arts
PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre
WA 6849

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