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31 March 2017
Department of Culture and the Arts Grants Programs
Now open
Major grant categories are now open for the following programs in 2017:
 ~ Creative Development Grants Program – 15k-plus
    Applications close 13 April for projects commencing on/after 1 July 2017
 ~ Scholarship and Fellowships Program – Young People and the Arts International Scholarship
    Applications close 13 April for projects commencing on/after 1 July 2017
Apply any time
Applications to the U-15k categories of the Community Engagement, Creative Development, Aboriginal Arts, and Commercial Development Grants Program 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.
Hon David Templeman MLA
A warm welcome to the new Minister for Culture and the Arts, the Hon David Templeman MLA. 
The Hon David Templeman MLA has been appointed Minister for Local Government; Culture and the Arts; and Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly.
As a self-proclaimed theatre tragic, Minister Templeman stated that the Culture and Arts portfolio has been a position he has yearned for long before becoming a politician.
"Passion for theatre and the arts is a critical and central part of who we are and we must never underestimate the impact of arts and culture," Mr Templeman said.
This year, will also be the Minister's fifth term representing Mandurah and the Minister advised he is looking forward to celebrating the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre's 20th anniversary later this year.
Previously, the Minister held various Paliamentary Appointments, including: as an Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; Government Whip; and Opposition Whip. The Minister also held Ministerial Appointments, including for: Community Development; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth; Child Protection; Environment; and more.
More recently, the Minister has held Shadow Ministerial Appointments in: Local Government; Community Services; Volunteering; and Heritage. In addition, he has held positions on Standing Committees, including: Community Development and Justice Standing; and Economics and Industry.
The Minister was elected to the 36th Parliament for Mandurah in 2001. Prior to entering Parliament, some of the Minister's occupations included being a school teacher, entertainer, City of Mandurah Councillor, and Deputy Mayor.
Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2003 - 2017
The annual Tom Malone Prize is on now at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and it’s celebrating its 15th year in 2017!
The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists with the winning entry each year becoming a part of the State Art Collection.
The 2017 exhibition features works from this year’s 10 short-listed artists; Marc Leib, Jamie Worsley, Kevin Gordon, Blanche Tilden, Lisa Cahill, Brenden Scott French, Richard Whiteley, Tom Moore, Silvana Ferrario and Jenni Kamarre Martiniello, as well as the winning works from past Tom Malone Prize artists.
Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2003-2017 is a FREE exhibition on now until 25 June 2017.
There are also additional events on tomorrow, Saturday 1 April with talks from current and past exhibiting artists, and an insightful lecture with Art Gallery of Western Australia Director, Stefano Carboni. All talks are free, but registrations are necessary. Visit the website for more information and to register.
Image credit: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Bush Flowers Bicornual & Dillibag Set 2016, hot blown glass with murine, two parts: Bicornual 35 x 27 x 17 cm, Dilibag 32 x 27 x 13 cm, Collection the artists, © the artist. Photographer: Dr Tim Brook
Yaburgurt Public Artwork Launch

Yesterday marked the launch of the official Yaburgurt Public Artwork, which overlooks the water from Mandjar Square and commemorates the life of significant Aboriginal leader, Yaburgurt (George) Winjan.
Bindjareb Elder, Mr Harry Nannup, commenced the launch with the Welcome to Country, followed by a smoking ceremony and performance by the Bindjareb Middar dancers.  ‘Wandjoo’ and 'I am Australian' were sung by the interschool and Madjitil Moorna choirs and Dudley Park Primary School’s Wardong Koorlinga dance group also performed. In one of his first acts as Minister for Culture and the Arts, Hon David Templeman MLA, was also in attendance to help officially launch the public artwork.
Yaburgurt Reference Group Chair, Mr George Walley said: "We have been inspired by the memory and legacy of Yaburgurt...Let us celebrate this moment and forever hold on to the positive things that bring us together as one."
The public artwork commemorates not only the character and essence of Yaburgurt but also his people; representing themes of tolerance, understanding and reconciliation. The artwork is a spherical shape with tall glass panels that represent the six Noongar seasons. This artwork also helps to connect residents and visitors to Mandurah's diverse history and heritage.
The City of Mandurah in partnership with the Yaburgurt Reference Group hosted the Yaburgurt Public Artwork Launch. This team worked with Artsource, and appointed Noongar artist Peter Farmer, and Little Rhino Designs to develop the design concept, supported by the State Government through the Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme. The design also captured input and influences from the Aboriginal and wider community.
Watch the video here for more information on the Yaburgurt Memorial Project or visit the website here.
Image credit: Dudley Park Primary School’s Wardong Koorlinga dance group, courtesy of City of Mandurah
WA designer struts into Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Ms Sarah Watanabe, designer for WA fashion brand, Monster Alphabets, was recently invited to attend the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) to experience the business and marketing Forums as well as attend the fashion runway events.
On her return to Perth, Sarah said: "I am back in Perth and facing the reality of finding ways to implement everything I learnt in the Fashion Forums and the Business Seminar to my business."
"The VAMFF organisers introduced me to some of the speakers after the Forum and so not only was it a great learning experience but a fantastic networking opportunity too. It gave me an indication of where fashion is going to next, and I really have to make some changes.
"The festival is so well organised, and even the volunteers looked really happy to be there!  It was so refreshing to see so much interest from the public. I am inspired and feeling really motivated!"
This new initiative was funded by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from the Melbourne Fashion Festival to provide an opportunity for a WA-based fashion brand to gain knowledge and information from the stellar line up of speakers who participated in the Forums.
VAMFF is the largest fashion festival of its kind in Australia, showcasing Autumn/Winter collections to the public as well as presenting a series of seminars providing the latest global news and trends for the fashion industry. Click here for more information on VAMFF.
Image credit: Courtesy of Sarah Watanabe
pvi collective Residencies
pvi collective are offering residencies at their studio at 24 Brisbane St, Perth. 
There are two types available: one of four desks in the co-lab space (suitable for desk-based artists looking for a co-working space in a supportive environment), or a studio residency (suitable for individual or collectives undertaking research and development for a specific project).
Both residencies offer 24-hour access, free Wi-Fi and access to a printer and amenities.
Applications are now open and close on Sunday, 9 April 2017.
Visit the website for more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of pvi collective
Jungkajungka Woodlands Festival
The Wilderness Society and a host of regional organisations will be hosting the inaugural Jungkajungka Woodlands Festival in Norseman over the Easter long weekend.
The aim of the festival is to celebrate local communities and their connection to the Great Western Woodlands - the largest intact temperate woodland left on Earth.
The Festival will have something for everyone, with markets, cultural performances, workshops, science presentations, a community mural, woodland tours and children’s activities.
After the official Welcome to Country by the Ngadju people, the keynote presentation will be given by internationally renowned scientist, Professor Stephen Hopper from the University of Western Australia.
While the Festival runs from 15 – 16 April, visitors are encouraged to arrive on Friday, 14 April to attend the Ngadju Cultural Tour to the local woodlands, departing at 4pm.
The Jungkajungka Woodlands Festival is a free event. To view the Program and to register, please visit the website.
Image credit: Courtesy of The Wilderness Society
2017 Visiting International Publishers Program
Australian publishers and literary agents are invited to register for events in the Australia Council for the Arts' 2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program, held in conjunction with the Sydney Writers Festival, from 22 – 28 May 2017.
Seventeen international publishers, scouts and literary agents will be participating in the intensive week-long schedule of business meetings, networking events, industry forums, writers festival events, and panel discussion with Australian publishers and agents.
The VIPs program aims to strengthen relationships with international counterparts, showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of Australian titles in international markets.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity - registrations close Thursday, 13 April 2017.
Image credit: Courtesy of Australia Council for the Arts
Committee for Perth - Perth in Focus
The Pull Factor of the CBD, what’s next for Perth? This exact question was raised in Lyle Bicknell’s presentation at the Perth in Focus luncheon for 2017 and it comes only weeks after the Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom project Steering Committee meeting.
Bicknell, Principal Urban Designer at the City of Seattle, detailed Seattle’s transformation as part of its efforts to avoid the boom/bust cycles.
Some of the key takeaways from the presentation included:
~ Economic diversity, don’t be reliant on one industry
~ Have a housing, jobs and retail balance in the city centre, so you can create an 18+- hour economy
~ When it comes to building infrastructure, or having businesses establish themselves, make sure they’re authentic, unique and genuine
~ Have liveable and walkable streets
~ Make sure you have a raft of transport options
~ Build for your people and the tourists will come
~ Culture is the glue that holds a city together
If you’d like to find out more click here to watch the presentation and listen to the Q&A from the event.
Image credit: Courtesy of Committee for Perth
Big Top for Freo
CircusWA has to move out of its current facility in Fremantle and so is raising funds to install a traditional Big Top as a new temporary performance and training venue!
The Big Top will be located at the Princess May Park enabling CircusWA to continue to deliver their circus program, as well as offer a unique venue for performances and festivals.
CircusWA needs to attract another $10,000 to fund the final costs of the Big Top, and has developed a short video that showcases some of their emerging circus artists. Watch it here.
It is anticipated the Big Top will be raised and ready to welcome the public for an open day on 14 May - Mothers Day.
The final result will be an 11m high, double-poled, traditional circus tent, from the Lunar Circus in Margaret River. A 320sq m floor and internal walls will be built for security and comfort for all seasons.
CircusWA has been an inhabitant of Fremantle for 30 years. It runs a range of classes for the general population, ensures access for all through scholarships and workshops, and ensures all professional circus artists (local, national and international) have somewhere to develop and maintain their practice.
To donate or for more information click here.
Image credit: Courtesy of CircusWA
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Department of Culture and the Arts
PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre
WA 6849

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