|Fall in Lotterywest revenue likely to affect arts funding|
Lotterywest is a valued supporter of the arts and culture sector. It has provided significant funding support to the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) for distribution to the arts and cultural sector, and to the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) and Screenwest directly.
Lotterywest also supports the community through its various grants programs and initiatives.
The capacity for Lotterywest to provide this support is reliant on earnings from its activities, games and competitions. As participation in these activities is often variable, it is the nature of Lotterywest that its revenue also changes from year to year.
Lotterywest funding has historically risen, continually providing a significant contribution and benefit to the arts and culture sector.
Regrettably this revenue has fallen, which will result in a decline in funding for the arts and culture sector, over the current year in comparison to 2016.
DCA is reviewing the impact of this decline and will be putting on hold some funding programs while we adjust to these changes and the uncertain funding environment.
Updates will be provided on the DCA website when available.
|Fellowships rounds deferred|
The opening of the 2017 Young People and the Arts Fellowships, Aboriginal Arts Forward Fellowship, Performing Arts Mid-Career Fellowship, Visual Arts and Craft Mid-Career Fellowships and Creative Development Fellowships has been deferred due to this uncertain funding environment.
The status of the Scholarship and Fellowships Program will be updated on the DCA website following confirmation of available funds.
The Premier Mark McGowan has announced significant changes to the way the public sector will be structured from 1 July 2017, seeing the number of departments reduced from 41 to 25.
The changes are designed to provide better services to the community and maximise opportunities to deliver a more efficient and effective public sector for all West Australians.
The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) will merge with the Local Government function of the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor to form the new Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
DCA Director General, Mr Duncan Ord, has been selected to lead the new Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
“I see the reforms as providing new opportunities for the new department to further contribute to the lives of Western Australian communities and families”, Mr Ord said.
In announcing the changes, the Premier stated that this significant reform is aimed at creating collaborative departments focused on whole-of-Government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way, including using new technology.
|Indigenous Round Jumpers - Fremantle Football Club|
The design includes the three original chevrons altered to boomerangs to represent the past, present, and future of the club.
The disc in the centre of the jumper represents the three layers of the club:
The innermost layer signifies those at the centre of the club; the players and the game itself (its four quarters).
This next layer symbolises the club's support network; staff, administration and the board members.
The outer layer signifies the spirit of the club; its members and fans who provide their loyalty and support.
The wider design represents the six Nyoongar seasons; Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambaramg, and the waves of energy that flow during seasonal changes.
Walley told the playing group that the idea of the design was not to just represent Indigenous culture, but to be a design that would include all Australians.
Image credit: (top) Richard Walley presenting the 2017 indigenous jumper to the playing group;
(bottom) Stephen Hill and Connor Blakely in Freo's indigenous jumper at training last Tursday at Victor George Kailis Oval. Courtesy of Fremantle Football Club.
|Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Upgrade|
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will be undergoing a $400,000 upgrade to its Short Street premises in Fremantle, creating a total of 17 local construction jobs.
The renovations, to take place over the winter months, will include the erection of a steel ‘exo-skeleton’ at the rear of the building, which an architect’s report has found to be affected by water penetration.
As a result, Spare Parts will temporarily re-locate its forthcoming July and September seasons to enable the renovation to be carried out. This means its acclaimed production of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival will be staffed at the Dolphin Theatre at the University of Western Australia.
The shift in performance venue is being undertaken as a precaution to avoid the possibility of having a production’s season interrupted by heavy storms over the winter period.
Spare Parts’ Artistic Director Mr Philip Mitchell said that The Arrival’s move to the Dolphin Theatre is relatively straightforward for the company.
“Audiences can expect the same quality Spare Parts experience as usual at the beautiful Dolphin,” he said.
The Arrival is a fusion of Tan’s beautiful and surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, digital animation, haunting music and fine acting. Set in a strange magical city, the story pairs the emotions of loss and hope that people will experience when arriving in a new place.
The Arrival will be presented at the Dolphin Theatre from 1 – 15 July. Click here for tickets and more information.
Image credit: Jessica Wyld. Courtesy of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
|TALENT CAMP WA - Applications now open|
Screenwest, in partnership with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and Screen Australia, announces TALENT CAMP WA, a unique workshop program to support emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds to bring their stories to screen.
TALENT CAMP WA is the first in a series of workshops to be held across the country. The workshop will focus on screen story development, producing and career pathways.
Renowned producer Ms Kath Shelper (Ruben Guthrie, Samson & Delilah) and story developer Brita McVeigh will be the West Australian workshop leaders.
Ms Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest Director Development said TALENT CAMP WA will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about screen craft from renowned professionals.
“If you have produced creative works, are passionate about storytelling and are interested in exploring a career in screen media, we want to hear from you,” she said.
“Experience in filmmaking is not essential. Your past creative work could be from across a range of media such as theatre, spoken word, podcasting, photography, or YouTube. We encourage wide participation in the program.”
TALENT CAMP WA is seeking participants from under-represented groups in the screen industry with specific reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic disadvantage and socio-economic status.
Up to 12 participants will be selected for the free workshop, which will take place in Perth over five full days from 11-15 September 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply.
Funds will be made available to contribute to flight and accommodation costs for participants from rural or regional locations. All other access costs will be met.
TALENT CAMP WA puts into action the recently launched WA Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap which aims to develop and produce screen content that is as diverse as its audience, by including stories that draw from a range of experiences and perspectives and by promoting diverse talent.
Details regarding eligibility criteria and application processes can be found on AFTRS TALENT CAMP website. Please direct your enquiries to Ms Christina Alvarez, AFTRS on 02 9805 6624 or Alan Payne at Screenwest on 08 6169 2111.
The deadline for applications is 9.00am AEST on Monday, 10 July 2017.
TALENT CAMP is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the support of leading community cultural organisations, AFTRS, Screen Australia and state screen agencies: Screenwest, Screen Queensland, Create NSW, Screen ACT, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corp and Screen Territory.
Image credit: AFTRS Share Some Good workshop 2017. Photo: Dr Benny Baharuddin
| Voyage to the Deep - WA Maritime Museum|
Are you ready for an adventure?
WA Maritime Museum invites all deep-sea adventurers to voyage into a mysterious and marvellous undersea world with the multi award-winning and record-breaking exhibition Voyage to the Deep.
Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the exhibition brings to life the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo, his legendary submarine Nautilus and the world of wonders he lived in.
It’s an interactive, immersive, hands-on experience with opportunities to touch, explore and play. The exhibition is now showing and aimed at children under 12.
WA Maritime Museum is open daily from 9.30am-5pm. Click here to book your tickets.
|Space to hire at Midland Junction Arts Centre|
Mundaring Arts Centre has recently expanded its services and taken up management of the Midland Junction Arts Centre. Since opening as the Midland Junction Technical School in 1904, the Midland Junction Arts Centre has accommodated the needs of many different groups, and worked to provide community cultural education. The historical building has also housed a TAFE, a primary school and more recently the Australian Opera Studio.
Located in beautiful surrounds in front of Juniper Gardens in the heart of Midland, the newly refurbished space features two generous gallery spaces, an intimate 135 seat auditorium, a leafy courtyard, rehearsal and printing spaces as well opportunities for artists to work in residence.
Under new management, the arts space plans to build on prior successes to establish itself as a new vibrant community arts facility. Previously, the Midland Junction Arts Centre has opened its spaces to local artists, performers and writers as well as groups seeking to offer workshops for people of all ages and abilities.
If you are an arts based organisation wanting a space to hold an exhibition, workshop or performance, consider the Midland Junction Arts Centre. Apply here to have the opportunity to engage the community with your work. For more information visit the website.
Image credit: (top) WAAPA students performing the Grasshopper and Butterfly's Ball in the auditorium; (bottom) Children visiting the heARTlines exhibition and taking a guided tour with Elizabeth Green MacKinlay. Images courtesy of Mundaring Arts Centre
|City of Perth Fitness Fridays - Co3|
This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the training methodologies of Co3’s Main Company with FREE lunchtime beginner ballet classes. The dance classes would suit all abilities, and for those aged 10+. Comfortable clothing is a must, but changing room facilities are available.
Sessions run from 12:30pm - 1:20pm each Friday until 25 August 2017 at the King Street Arts Centre.
, but be quick as places are limited!
Image credit: Stefan Gosatti
|WA Regional Arts Summit - Country Arts WA|
Country Arts WA, in partnership with City of Mandurah and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, is presenting the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit this October.
The Summit will feature an exciting four-day program (to be released in July), showcasing a wide variety of art and cultural acts from regional WA, and a range of workshops with industry leaders from across the country.
The 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit will be held on 12-15 October at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
This is a great opportunity to be inspired and connect with like-minded people in the regional arts sector. You can register now until 30 June for early bird prices, and keep an eye out for program information – more details are coming soon.
|Steinway Piano has a new home|
A Steinway piano has been donated by the Perth Theatre Trust to St John of God Health Care. This was made possible through Musica Viva WA’s Act-Belong-Commit New Life Instrument program. The program, started by Musica Viva in WA just over three years ago, has seen around $100k worth of instruments distributed (at no charge) to approximately 60 schools around the State.
The piano was recently transported from the Perth Concert Hall to the Hospital and is now being loved and appreciated by patients, staff, and visitors.
With such a well-received reception, many patients are coming down from their wards and staff are timing their breaks to listen to performances by professionals and students who cover diverse musical styles.
Image credit: Courtesy of Musica Viva WA