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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
9 December 2016
Department of Culture and the Arts Grants holiday closures and system upgrades
Holiday closures and upgrades to our systems will affect application deadlines for projects starting in the new year. Applicants are reminded to check the U-15k Business Day calculator for last possible submission dates when planning an application. Applicants whose projects commence between 1 February and 16 March 2017 should note the following key dates:
If the project/activity starts between: Applications are due by: Applicants will be notified if they're successful by:
1 Feb to 14 Feb 19 Dec 2016 17 Jan 2017
15 Feb to 28 Feb 1 Jan 2017 24 Jan 2017
1 Mar to 16 Mar 13 Jan 2017 22 Feb 2017
Online Grants upgrade and temporary closure in January and February 2017
Applications to U-15k grant categories will close at 4pm, 13 January 2017 ahead of a major system upgrade. All applications in draft status in Online Grants will expire at this time and you will be unable to start a new draft until Online Grants reopens for applications on 7 February 2017.  Depending on your planned activity start date, you can do one of the following:
1. Submit an application by 4pm, 13 January 2017
2. Prepare a draft in advance using a hardcopy application form, then copy and paste your responses into the Online Grants application portal when it reopens on 7 February 2017; or
3. Start a brand new online application when Online Grants reopens on 7 February 2017. You will be able to retrieve your expired draft for reference if required.
For more information on upcoming closures and what you can and can’t do during this period, see the DCA Grants closures FAQ.
New Screenwest home, structure to drive jobs
Screenwest has officially moved to the ABC building to start an East Perth creative hub and drive screen industry investment. The move was marked with a Ministerial launch on Thursday 1 December 2016, and also to announce Screenwest to become a Company Limited by Guarantee.
This new inner city headquarters and corporate structure for Screenwest aims to drive investment and job creation in Western Australia's growing screen industry. The hub will be a production incubator, with offices and co-working spaces available for producers and creatives, for short or long-term lease. The screen industry will also be able to hire the purpose-built ABC film and television studios and support facilities including make-up, costume and green rooms, props storage, and more.
Screenwest's new corporate structure is anticipated to be in place by 1 July 2017, and this change is expected to help boost both the WA screen industry and the agency. In addition, the change will make it easier for Screenwest to form market partnerships and source funding leverage from third parties, including the Australian Government.
While Screenwest will be independent, funding will be maintained from the Department of Culture and the Arts, Lotterywest and the Royalties for Regions program. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Minister for Culture and the Arts Hon. John Day MLA, ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie, Screenwest Chair Janelle Marr,  Screenwest Chief Executive Ian Booth, image courtesy of Screenwest
Art Gallery of Western Australia: 2017 program
The Art Gallery of Western Australia’s (AGWA) 2017 program is out now with the theme: RENEW.
Below are some of the key exhibitions and programs for the year.
Antony Gormley: Big Pluck 2 and Big Yield
At the 2017 program launch event, AGWA launched two new acquisitions, Big Pluck 2 and Big Yield from internationally renowned artist Antony Gormley. These sculptures, measuring two metres in height, greet visitors as they first enter and were purchased by donated funds for permanent display and enjoyment by the public.
Indigenous art program
Aligning with the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), the 2017 program leads in February with the Indigenous exhibition: Everyone has a story: Plain Speak. It will focus on works that deal with personal and cultural stories from a “first person” perspective. The Art Gallery will also
open a permanent Indigenous Gallery in July; displaying work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) artists.
Culture Juice
Culture Juice is the Art Gallery’s  new take on pop culture, launching in May 2017 with Sneakerheads: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. The inaugural exhibition brings together 154 sneakers from ca. 1930 to the present day, telling the story – from the cultural, fashion, sporting and design standpoints – of the development of a form of footwear that is now a cultural icon and an expressive medium of its own. In October 2017, Heath Ledger: A life in pictures will also debut - incorporating iconic costumes, movie screenings, the actor’s Oscar and other awards, his journals, motorbikes and more; presenting the life and work of this late Western Australian cultural icon.
The Art Gallery will be making the most of a required lighting upgrade of the main gallery spaces, by refreshing the State Art Collection hang. This will allow for a greater connection and exploration of the State’s premier art collection.
There are many other highlights in the AGWA 2017 Program, check them out here.
Image credit: Julianne Swartz Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015-2016 (detail). Solar collector on roof, sunlight, fibre optic cable, custom PVC cladding, prism, lens and acetate, dimensions variable. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2015
The Velveteen Rabbit
Based on the book by Margery Williams, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic tale of a child and his toy rabbit. Add a wise horse, some bossy bull dozers, a flying fairy and a toy box full of colourful toys – and the scene is set!
The Velveteen Rabbit runs 10am & 1pm daily between 3-28 January 2017, as well as 6.30pm on 20 & 27 January 2017, at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle. The 1pm performance on 21 January will be audio-described with the help of DADAA; who provide access to the arts for people with a disability or mental illness.
The Velveteen Rabbit is suitable for children aged 4+. Bookings are essential. For further information, visit or phone 9335 5044.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre receives funding through the Department of Culture and the Arts’ Organisations Investment Program.
Image: Ashley de Prazer
Bringin' it to the country
West Australian Country Rock singer-songwriter Ray Ryder has kicked off his national tour Bringin’ it to the country, with a series of FREE, all-ages shows in regional WA. There will also be opportunities to participate with FREE music workshops at most performances.
Upcoming concerts on the tour include Merredin on 16 December and Beverley on 17 December. In 2017, Ryder performs at the Adventureland Australia Day celebrations in Esperance on 26 January, and the Tammin Amphitheatre on 10 February.
These concerts have been supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts in consultation with the Department of Regional Development.
Ray Ryder is excited to announce he will also be performing at the Birdsville Big Red Bash in July 2017, which also features Missy Higgins, Lee Kernaghan, Mark Seymour, and many more!
For more details, check out Ray Ryder’s website here.
Australia's favourite dog returns to the screen
The story of a legendary dog from Western Australia’s Pilbara region, RED DOG: True Blue, will screen in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day.
The movie is the prequel to Red Dog, and follows the events leading up to Red Dog’s rise from an ordinary dog to an Australian legend.
It was produced by Nelson Woss (Woss Group Film Productions) and Bryce Menzies; directed by Kriv Stenders; written by Daniel Taplitz; and stars Australian actors Bryan Brown, Levi Miller and John Jarratt with UK actor Jason Isaacs.
The uniquely Western Australian story has provided an opportunity to showcase the landscape of the Pilbara to the world, with more than 80 per cent of the filming taking place in the Pilbara. The movie not only highlights the scenery and rich ancient Aboriginal culture but also provides opportunities for industry.
The film is distributed by Roadshow Films and Good Dog Distribution, and was funded with assistance of the State Government through Screenwest and the Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities initiative, and also supported by Screen Australia, Woodside and Rio Tinto. Click here for more information. 
Image credit: David Darcy, courtesy of Good Dog Enterprises Pty Ltd
FORM wins the 2016 Centrepiece Award
FORM has recently won the 2016 Centrepiece Award from Place Leaders Asia-Pacific. The award recognises the organisation for making the most significant advancement of place making in Australasia and the Asia Pacific in any given year.
Successful place making is important for several reasons. By creating places where people feel good, they are more likely to want to stay, to return and to tell others about the experience. For the past decade, FORM has done just this. FORM has worked with communities across Western Australia, from the Pilbara mining towns to remote Aboriginal settlements; from port cities to regional farming towns, and from social housing projects and industrial heartland to white-collar suburbs.
The 2016 Place Leaders jury noted that FORM has responded to distinctive local conditions in each environment, while committing to a key aim: putting people, quality and creativity at the core of collaboration with community.
In a recent article titled: Whose Place is It Anyway? Curators, Not Dictators, FORM advised that place making is less about ‘leadership’ and more about ‘curatorship’: setting the conditions for a framework that encourages people to partner in the activations. With this in mind, FORM has relocated from its Perth city-centre offices to Claremont; to repurpose a unique building – The Goods Shed into WA’s newest creative project space to welcome local neighbourhoods, foster global connections and create a hub for the wider metropolitan area.
It is through  FORM’s responsiveness to the changing needs of place and people that the organisation continue to create places and greater engagement with local and indigenous art and culture. Click here for further information on FORM. 
Image credit: Martu kids perform in front of Kunkun at Kunwarritji (Well 33). Photograph by Morika Biljabu, 2008. FORM, Canning Stock Route Project
Heritage Precinct opens to public
The historic Sunset Heritage Precinct in Dalkeith has officially opened to the public for the first time in more than 20 years, with visitors invited to enjoy the facilities and the spectacular views of the Swan River.
The Sunset Heritage Precinct spans 7.9 hectares and is one of Western Australia’s biggest and most intact heritage sites. The site was formerly known as the Claremont Old Men’s Home and was renamed Sunset Hospital in 1941. Women were accommodated at Sunset in 1965 and it was classed as a public hospital, until the hospital closed in 1995.
The State Government has funded $8 million towards the initial works program for the Sunset Heritage Precinct, including the installation of picnic areas, barbeques, upgraded utilities and a toilet block. A children's nature playground, funded by the Sultan of Johor, has also been installed.
To facilitate the next stage of Sunset’s transformation, including heritage preservation and activation of the precinct into a vibrant creative arts and cultural facility, the State Heritage-listed site will be transferred to the National Trust of Australia (WA). Click here for more information.
Image credit: State Heritage Office
WA Focus: Helen Grey-Smith
WA Focus at the Art Gallery of Western Australia is an annual program displaying the works of West Australian artists.
The next WA Focus features Helen Grey-Smith, a mid-century textile designer, painter and maker of collages, whose work reflected her ‘deep engagement with the landscape and flora of WA, and her fascination with the Asian culture of our region’.
This FREE exhibition runs from 10 December 2016 to 19 March 2017 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
You can also join Art Gallery curator Melissa Harpley, and Gwen Phillips, the author of a new biography on Helen Grey-Smith, in a discussion of the artist’s life and work. This is a FREE event at 2pm, Sunday 11 December 2016 at the Art Gallery. Bookings are essential. Click here for more information.
Image credit: Helen Grey-Smith, Set of curtains designed for "Meerilinga" c 1962 (detail), Silkscreen print on cotton, backing and lining, State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Gift of Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc., Perth, 1990
Regional Galleries Forum: Report
The Regional Galleries Forum, facilitated by ART ON THE MOVE and funded through the Department of Culture and the Arts Regional Action Plan, was held on 4 November at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
The Forum received a great turnout - with 88 people in attendance; 38 regional and metro arts organisations and galleries represented; and 23 artists and creatives.
Now available on the ART ON THE MOVE website is the Regional Galleries Forum: Report, which highlights outcomes from the day and exciting future developments. One of these outcomes includes setting up a working party to explore the potential for a Western Australia regional galleries group.
Image credit: ART ON THE MOVE
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