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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
3 October 2016
Department of Culture and the Arts grants
Now open
Applications are open for the Commercial Development Grants Program, 15k-plus category. Applications are due by 6 October 2016, for a project/activity start date of 1 January 2017.
Applications are open for Round 2 of the Regional Touring Boost Program. Applications are due by 6 October 2016, for a project/activity start date of 1 January 2017.
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.
Performing arts out in force in regional WA
Performing arts organisations are out in force in regional Western Australia, touring interactive theatre for children, contemporary dance, ballet, plays, circus and music.
Culture and Arts Minister John Day said the seven tours were supported by the Regional and Remote Touring Fund (RRTF), part of the State Government’s $24 million investment over four years in culture and arts in regional WA.
“Through this fund more regional Western Australians are able to see some of the State’s best performing arts productions,” Mr Day said.
“Between them, these latest tours include more than 200 performances, workshops and community and schools activities, bringing culture and arts experiences and activities to a wide regional audience.”
Mr Day said that All Aboard the Spinifex Express, which began touring the Pilbara in August, included 32 interactive theatre performances and community participation workshops for babies and children, families, friends and the wider community.
Other performing arts tours include:
~ Ochre Contemporary Dance Company’s performance of Kaya, which debuted at the Riverside Theatre at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre during the 18th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas, is touring Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Tjuntjuntjara, 700km east of Kalgoorlie.
~ Fragmented Artists’ Suzanne Ingelbrecht is touring her contemporary one-person play The List to Mount Barker, Ravensthorpe and Esperance. The List was performed at the 2016 Perth Fringe Festival.
~ Zest and Blues: High Culture on Old Country is touring the Shire of Perenjori and Kalbarri and includes performances by the Perth Symphony Orchestra, choral music by the Giovanni Consort, circus with Mr Ricochet and aerialist Theaker von Ziarno.
~ Tura New Music’s Reflection 2, which brings together two Aboriginal musical icons in Mark Atkins and Stephen Pigram and some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists, is touring 21 Kimberley towns and communities.
~ Lockwood Productions’ double bill HorseHead and I (honestly) Love You, are performing at Geraldton’s Queens Park Theatre, the Esperance Civic Centre, the Goldfields Arts Centre and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. The production was performed at the 2013 Edinburgh and New York Fringe Festivals.
~ The WA Ballet Company is touring Radio & Juliet to Bunbury. Radio & Juliet is set to the music of English rock group Radiohead and is a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet.
The RRTF can be applied to through the Department of Culture and the Arts at any time here:
Image credit: Courtesy of Mark Howett
2016 AWESOME Festival
Following a highly successful pilot program last year, the State Government through the DCA, is supporting families to attend the 2016 AWESOME Festival performances and events through a $25,000 ticket concession initiative.
The AWESOME International Festival for Bright Young Things is a highly successful and popular children’s festival. Last year, the AWESOME Festival sold 871 subsidised tickets to shows and provided 706 free wristbands to the West Australian Activity Zone, making a total of 1,577 subsidised tickets.
Initiatives such as ticket concessions for health care and pension card holders encourage low income families to attend events such as the AWESOME Festival, resulting in arts experiences that support young people’s learning and development.
The Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is renowned for presenting a high quality program and this year’s will be no different, with a highlight to be the premiere of The Last Great Hunt’s New Owner. The Last Great Hunt’s previous productions included the multi-award winning The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and Its Dark Outside.
Additionally, this year’s AWESOME Festival will take some of its program to families and schools in regional areas. With assistance from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, the State Library of Western Australia and DCA, the inaugural AWESOME Festival Regional Roadshow will visit Bunbury and Merredin.
The Roadshow will include eight performances of The Bookbinder by Trick of the Light Theatre and the State Library’s Better Beginnings’ Books to Go program, which is a partnership between AWESOME Arts and the Library.
Image credit: Noodlenut, image courtesy of AWESOME Arts
A Sausage Went for a Walk One Day
The A Sausage Went for a Walk One Day exhibition opened on 1 October and runs until 31 December 2016 at the ground floor gallery of the State Library of Western Australia.

This exhibition celebrates the artistry and diversity of Western Australian picture books published by Fremantle Press.
Since the publication of A Sausage Went for a Walk by Ellisha Majid and Peter Kendall, Fremantle Press has established a small but significant children's program, which has achieved national acclaim.
Visitors to the exhibition will enter a world of imagination through stories and illustrations of creators like Bronwyn Bancroft, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Norman Jorgensen, Sally Morgan, Tim Winton and Dianne Wolfer, to name a few.
Discover how ideas for picture books emerge, and explore how they are brought to life through storyboards, working notes and then the published book. Read books seen in the exhibition and share your own story ideas in the in-exhibition reading space.
This exhibition is presented by Fremantle Press, the State Library of Western Australia and AWESOME Arts. It is launched as part of the 2016 AWESOME Festival and Fremantle Press 40 Year Anniversary celebrations.
Image credit: Courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia
Ngala Wongga

Photography exhibition and audio visual installation, Ngala Wongga started on 1 October  at the Goldfields Arts Centre Kalgoorlie. Featuring stunning photography from WA artist Martine Perret, with sound designer and composer Jonathan Mustard, Ngala Wongga celebrates the beauty of the Goldfields and the area’s First Nation Elders.
One of Martine’s aerials from this exhibition won the 2016 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize for Best Print in Show. She is a 2016 grant recipient in the Department of Culture and the Arts' Creative Development Program, and former photographer to the United Nations.
Country Arts WA is funded through the Department of Culture and the Arts’ Organisations Investment Program.

Image credit: Courtesy of Martine Perret
Upgrading regional performing arts venues
More than $2 million has been provided to continue upgrading performing arts venues in regional Western Australia through the Regional Venues Improvement Fund (RVIF). Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) Director General Duncan Ord said the grants were provided as part of the State Government’s $24 million investment in regional culture and arts.
“This is the second round of RVIF grants to be delivered through DCA and we had a strong response with applications coming in from around the State,” Mr Ord said.
“RVIF grants aim to ensure regional venues are equipped to accommodate and support local performing arts groups and touring productions.
“I was pleased to see that some of those who applied for funding were basing their applications on the recommendations made in technical appraisals commissioned by CircuitWest, which a partner in the investment program.”
In addition, the projects also benefit from leveraged funding, with contributing funds and resources being provided by local government, community groups and Lotterywest.
Projects include:
The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) received an RVIF grant of more than $200,000 to implement stage two of a technical upgrade that included improvements in the Boardwalk and Fishtrap Theatres, together with lighting and audio visual upgrades in the dance studio and public spaces.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River will spend its grant of $500,000 refurbishing and extending the Margaret River Cultural Centre as part of stage one of the HEART Project – Hub of Entertainment, Arts and Regional Tourism – which will increase use of the facility for arts and culture activities, business, community and tourism events and conferences.
“Now that we are into the second round of works, the program’s benefits are clear to see and the end result will be a circuit of regional performing arts venues able to take more touring performances as well as providing good facilities for local arts organisations,” Mr Ord said.
The third round of RVIF grants opens on Monday 30 January 2017. For more information visit:
Stand Up! For Comedy
Perth Theatre Trust in association with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) will present Stand Up! For Comedy, on Saturday 15 October 2016 at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Hosted by Werzel Montague and featuring a stellar line-up of some of Australia’s funniest comedians including Ben Darsow, Matt Dyktynski, Damien Callinan, SUNS of FRED, Cameron McLaren, Sian Choyce, Hayden Stevens and more to be announced, this night of laughs and light entertainment will officially close Mental Health Week 2016.
Mental Health Week, from 8-15 October 2016 aims to raise awareness, reduce the stigma and promote mentally healthy communities all over the world.
With part proceeds of ticket sales going to WAAMH to reinvest back in to community mental health, you are invited to Stand Up! For Comedy to stand up for mental health.
Image credit: Courtesy of Perth Theatre Trust
 Touched by Suicide: A Creative Workshop
Touched by Suicide: A Creative Workshop is a creative workshop for people who have been affected by suicide. The workshop will he held during 2016 Mental Health Week on Thursday 13 October 2016 at the State Theatre Centre.
James Berlyn and Zoe Warwick will be co-facilitating the intimate workshop; designed to provide a gentle and participatory discussion that explores ways to better communicate about suicide.
James Berlyn is an award winning artist, director, curator and teacher with more than 25 years’ experience. He is also co-founder of the Proximity Festival. Suicide is a subject area in which James has a high degree of lived experience.
"I am interested in a statistic that I read somewhere ages ago that said if you have suicide in your family you are 50 per cent more likely to commit suicide yourself. I don't know where I read or heard that but it has always stuck in my mind," James said.
"I have three points of reference to this topic. My grandfather committed suicide when my dad was about three so in effect he never knew his dad. That has, as you would expect, had a flow on effect for all of us."
Touched by Suicide: A Creative Workshop is a partnership between Community Arts Network, Western Australian Association for Mental Health and sponsored by WA Primary Health Alliance.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, click here to find out more information.
Image credit: Courtesy of Community Arts Network
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