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28 April 2017
Department of Culture and the Arts Grants Programs
Apply any time
Applications to the U-15k categories of the Community Engagement, Creative Development, Aboriginal Arts, and Commercial Development Grants Programs are open year round.
Apply at least 25 business days before the planned project/activity start date.
Visit the website for more information and to apply.
See the DCA Grants Key Dates Calendar for other important dates.
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
As part of the SNEAKERHEADS season at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, comes the only Australian showing of major-US exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture.
The exhibition, running from 13 May to 4 September, tells the long history of the sneaker – from its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century to its emergence as a cultural icon today.
The sneakers on show are drawn from the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery; the archives of Adidas, Nike, Reebok, PUMA, and Converse; and private collectors such as hip-hop artist Run DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love), and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder.
Accompanying the exhibition, is WA Collectors, representing Perth’s own sneaker culture, ‘kicking’ off with collector and ‘sneakerhead-in-residence’, Lee Ingram, who owns over 800 pairs. Ingram’s collection is on display now until 29 May.
The Rise of Sneaker Culture is organised by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Image credit (above right): Pierre Hardy, Powarama, 2011, Collection of the Bata Show Museum, gift of Pierre Hardy, Photo: Ron Wood
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Show Museum
25 under 25 2017 Art Award
Entries to the City of Fremantle’s 25 under 25 Art Award for 2017 are now open, celebrating West Australian young and emerging creatives!
Artworks of any form are accepted, but must be completed by WA artists aged between 14 and 25 years at the time of the exhibition opening (born between 15 July 1991 and 14 July 2003).
Twenty-five finalists will be selected to exhibit their artworks at the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery and will be in the running for a great range of prizes. The first prize winner will receive $1500 cash with a four-week residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre!
The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 14 May, with the exhibition running from 14 - 23 June 2017. Check out some works below from past 25 under 25 Art Award finalists.
Image credits: (top) Boys Don’t Get Struck, Clara Joyce, 2016 25 under 25 Art Award finalist, acrylic and oil on board, 90 x 120cm;
(bottom) Me and You, Anthony Iacomella, 2016 25 under 25 Art Award finalist, acrylic on canvas, 45 x 40cm. 
HATCHED: National Graduate Show
The annual Hatched: National Graduate Show  starts soon at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), mapping the trends and concerns of Australia’s next generation of emerging contemporary artists. The exhibition showcases works by 35 arts graduates from 23 tertiary institutions across Australia.
The $40,000 Schenberg Art Fellowship will also be awarded to one outstanding Hatched artist, as an investment towards the development of his or her career.
The Hatched: National Graduate Show opening night party starts at 6:30pm on Friday 5 May, with the exhibition running from 6 May – 18 June at the PICA Galleries. Click here to view the full list of exhibiting artists.
Image credit: Dorothy Lau - Para-Selves #4, 2016,
Photo by Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau
Painting Power: Ritual, Art and Land
Upcoming exhibition Painting Power: Ritual, Art and Land is commencing soon at The Goods Shed, a FORM creative space for projects and exhibitions.
This FREE exhibition showcases artworks by Aboriginal artists living in remote Australia; exploring the relationship between the power of nature and the energy of ritual traditions.
Their vivid canvases evoke rain making rituals, ancestral narratives, the connection to stars and moon, and how they feature in traditional land management practices.
Opening night is on Friday 5 May at the Goods Shed, Claremont, with the exhibition continuing until 15 June.
Image credit: Puna Yanima, Antara, 198 by 198cm, Acrylic on Canvas. Courtesy of Tjala Arts
SOTA Festival
The line-up for the FREE State of the Art (SOTA) Music Festival has just been announced, and it’s jam-packed with Western Australian acts, including headliners Karnivool and Drapht.
Presented as part of the 2017 WA Day Festival, and co-presented by WAM (West Australian Music Industry Association), the sixth annual SOTA showcase will be held at Elizabeth Quay on Monday 5 June, as part of the WA Day long weekend festivities.
The SOTA 2017 line-up  spans everything from heavy rock to Aussie hip-hop, including a mix of WA favourites, old and new. Many artists will be returning from international and national tours to join us on home soil.
Visit the Celebrate WA website to find out more about SOTA and other WA Day activities.
Aboriginal Ballet Dancers of Australia, Now and Then; Our Forgotten Heroes
In a historic moment, BlakDance, YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival and the Australian Ballet present Aboriginal Ballet Dancers of Australia, Now and Then; Our Forgotten Heroes, which brings together seven Aboriginal ballet dancers of Australia.
Co-hosted by the founder of BlakDance Marilyn Miller and the Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet David McAllister, the panel will take the audience on a journey of history, friendship, generosity and hope.
One of the topics covered includes the crimes of colonialism, whereby these courageous humans rose up from missions in the 1950s, children’s homes and broken families, and managed to forge careers as ballet dancers; trailblazing pathways for future generations.
The panel is the culmination of a dream by Roslyn Watson to bring all the ballet dancers together. Joining Roslyn as panellists are: Mary Miller, Noel Tovey, Lillian Crombie, Damian Smith, Ella Havelka and Evie Ferris.
The panel will take place on Sunday 7 May at 6.30pm at the Melbourne Town Hall in Melbourne. The event is free to the public. For more information visit the website.
Image credit: Mary Joyce Miller – 1959 Mary auditioned and was accepted as a member of the West Australian Ballet Company.
Courtesy of YIRRAMBOI.
The Lighthouse Girl
The Lighthouse Girl is Black Swan State Theatre Company’s second major production for their 2017 season, and it’s a definite must-see!
The story of The Lighthouse Girl is what led to inspire the roaming spectacular of The Giants, as it features the two worlds of Fay, a sweet young girl who lives an isolated life with her lighthouse keeper father, and Charlie, a soldier in the Light Horse Brigade. Both characters quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline.
The world premiere of The Lighthouse Girl recently took place in Albany, the birthplace of the ANZAC story. The season will now run in Perth from 28 April – 14 May at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Visit the website for further information or to book your tickets.
Image credit: Daisy Coyle, Murray Dowsett, Benj D'Addario, Will McNeill, Giuseppe Rotondella in The Lighthouse Girl.
Photo by Lee Griffith Photography. Courtesy of Black Swan State Theatre Company
David Vincent Smith selected as attachment on Ben Young film
A recipient of Screenwest’s 2016-17 Feature Navigator program, David Vincent Smith, has been selected as an attachment on director Ben Young’s sci-fi thriller EXTINCTION, now filming in Serbia.
Smith joined Young during pre-production, and will shadow him throughout the entire shoot. One of Smith’s key objectives is to learn how a director manages the transition from art-house, to a large scale studio production.
“Seeing the big picture, a film being made on such a large scale first hand, will allow me to better understand how to balance my voice as a filmmaker with the demands and expectations of a commercial studio,” said Smith.
Screenwest’s Feature Navigator program is a yearlong development initiative designed to provide a stepping stone for emerging Western Australian directors as they prepare themselves for West Coast Visions, a $750,000 production investment fund for up-and-coming creatives. 
Image credit: Courtesy of Screenwest
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