Well known Western Australian producer, colleague, and friend of Screenwest, Brian Beaton, has passed away at the age of 67.
Brian was a well-respected local documentary maker who had a long and successful career in the screen industry and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to work with him.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Mr Beaton made a substantial contribution to the industry.
"Brian was a wonderful storyteller and created a successful local production company," Mr Day said.
"His career spanned more than 35 years and he was acknowledged by his peers through various accolades. Brian was an exceptional talent and he will be sadly missed by the screen industry."
Brian and his business partner, Celia Tait, worked together to develop and successfully produce many projects including seven seasons of Who Do You Think You Are?, Saving Andrew Mallard, Shaun Micallef’s Stairway to Heaven, The Dreamhouse and Desperately Seeking Sheila.
A creative and also pragmatic person, Brian held many varying roles in the industry. Besides being an Executive Producer at Artemis, Brian also worked as a producer, director and writer in previous roles. Brian also contributed to the screen industry nationally by his advocacy and professional work with Screen Producers Australia (previously known as SPAA), Screenwest and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).
He also won a string of awards, including SPAA Documentary Producer of the Year – 2012, SPAA Independent Documentary Producer – 2002, and was recognised as providing an Outstanding Contribution to the Western Australian Screen Industry in the Western Australian Screen Awards in 2002.
The Department of Culture and the Arts and Screenwest would like to acknowledge Brian’s contribution to Artemis and to the Western Australian screen industry. We would also like to extend our sincere wishes and condolences to Brian’s family, friends, colleagues and the Western Australian industry.
Image: Brian Beaton at the Who Do You Think You Are Series 7 Launch courtesy Screenwest
|Swan Bell Tower lights up for NAIDOC Week|
The Swan Bell Tower was recently lit up to welcome NAIDOC Week on 3 July, thanks to a newly installed lighting system.
The tower was lit in NAIDOC colours as part of a day of activities at Elizabeth Quay; celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The tower is now able to show a sequence of colours that could be used to celebrate or commemorate key events through the year. Additionally, the new system can be integrated with the Elizabeth Quay lights - including those around the external pond and the bridge.
The project cost $49,000 to purchase and install the new LED lights and was jointly funded between the Swan Bells Foundation and the DCA.
The new system uses more advances lighting technology that is simpler to use and cost efficient as the LED lights use less energy and the system requires less repairs and servicing.
|Focus on future for WA Aboriginal art centres|
Nineteen Aboriginal art centres have been awarded funding for 14 projects through the $24 million Creative Regions Program, which was made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
More than $629,000 will go to the centres from the Future Focus for WA Aboriginal Art Centres funding stream, which is one of five schemes under the program that aims to help make art centres sustainable commercially, socially and culturally.
This Royalties for Regions investment will help to support the growth of Aboriginal culture in regional communities.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said that centres applied for funding for fully scoped projects ready to begin or for $5,000 to develop proposals for further assessment.
"The response has been excellent, with 10 high-quality projects approved and a further four with great potential funded to develop proposals," Mr Day said.
"A number of the projects and proposals have been jointly submitted by groups of art centres, which means the majority of WA's art centres will receive help through the program."Regional Development Minister Terry Redman welcomed the strong response and said Aboriginal art centres were important hubs for community and cultural activity in regional WA. "Aboriginal art centres play a significant role in developing the skills of artists, maintaining traditional culture across generations and contributing towards regional WA's economic and social prosperity," Mr Redman said. The $24 million investment program includes schemes to improve cultural infrastructure and arts development through venue upgrades, developing the skills of local arts groups, increasing the number of touring shows and helping Aboriginal art centres. Click here for more information.
|Winner of the 2016 Margaret Medcalf Award takes us to the river|
Bayswater historian Julian Bolleter’s book: Take me to the river: the story of Perth’s foreshore, is this year’s winner of the Margaret Medcalf Award.
State Archivist and Executive Director at the State Records Office, Cathrin Cassarchis, said that Julian Bolleter’s book was a significant and topical subject for many West Australians.
“Perth’s relationship with its waterfront is ever changing but always important to its identity – it is impossible to imagine Perth without its network of waterways,” Ms Cassarchis said.
“Take me to the river makes a substantial and original contribution to urban history and heritage and includes a rich array of images, photographs and maps from the State’s archives collection, making it a book the judges felt was a conversation piece for all of Perth and beyond.”
Dr Bolleter is an Assistant Professor at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre at the University of Western Australia.
A Special Commendation was also presented to Dr Murray Arnold for his book A journey travelled: Aboriginal-European relations at Albany and the surrounding region from first contact to 1926.
Both Take me to the river and A journey travelled have been published by UWA Publishing.
The annual Margaret Medcalf Award rewards excellence in research and referencing using the State Archives Collection. Click here for more information.
Image: Dr Julian Bolleter, Margaret Medcalf OAM and Helen Morton MLC
The Premier and Minister for Culture and the Arts recently announced that a 50 tonne fire-breathing spider will land at Elizabeth Quay this November for three exclusive shows, in an Australian-first by award-winning UK performance group Arcadia Spectacular.
The Department of Culture and the Arts proudly supports Arcadia Spectacular, as it will enable local musicians, DJs, artists and performers in the programme, joining international stars on stage, where they will play from the belly of the beast. The event will also include a performance of Yallorr Keeninyarra (Dance of the Wadjuk Nyungar people) lead by Noongar representative Barry McGuire. The dance is anticipated to call on the Spider Spirit to weave a web of strength and togetherness for the men who gathered for traditional ceremonies at Gumap or Elizabeth Quay.
The Arcadia Spectacular shows, presented by The Event Agency, will also combine theatre, circus, music, aerial performance, robotics and pyrotechnics. The shows will be performed this year on 25, 26 and 27 of November with community open days on 23 and 24 of November.
The headline acts have been announced and include Alison Wonderland, Carmada, and Elk Road. For more information read the media statement or visit the Arcadia Australia website.
|Jessica Machin to lead the West Australian Ballet|
The Chairman of the West Australian Ballet
, Dr Robert Edwardes, announced the appointment of Jessica Machin to the position of Executive Director.
“Jessica has held senior arts management positions across Australia and most recently as the CEO at Country Arts WA. We are very pleased that she has accepted our offer to join the team at West Australian Ballet”, said Dr Edwardes.
Ms Machin said she is delighted to join West Australian Ballet. “I am very excited to be working in partnership with the Artistic Director, Aurélien Scannella, in achieving the artistic vision for the company and am looking forward to working with the whole West Australian Ballet company in enriching people's lives through dance."
“I also look forward to working with West Australian Ballet Chair, Robert Edwardes, and his fellow board members in building the company's brand, profile, and ultimately fostering great community pride in WA's flagship Ballet company.” she added.
“I have had a love of dance since a young child when I saw my first ballet at 5 - The Nutcracker - presented by the Royal Ballet in London. My passion for regional communities and the people in them remain, as is my desire for meaningful and sustainable engagement with the rest of the arts sector."
The position became available following the resignation earlier this year of the former West Australian Ballet Chief Executive, Steven Roth, to take up a position with Scottish Ballet.
|Historical images given new life in virtual tour|
It's now possible to take a glimpse into the past through a website offering virtual tours of the Perth and Fremantle of yesteryear. The 'Historical Panoramas - Perth and Fremantle' virtual tour website is the result of a collaboration between the State Library of Western Australia and Curtin University's Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE). Over the summer of 2015-16, the State Library and Curtin HIVE supported research student Marcia Schneider to source views of Perth and Fremantle from old photographs in the State Library's collection. Ms Schneider then located where the images were taken so they could be re-photographed from the same vantage point and then the two images were used to create interactive panoramas from very different eras. To view the 'Historical Panoramas - Perth and Fremantle' virtual tour, visit http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au or http://www.historicalpanoramas.com.au
|What's On at the State Library of WA|
July is a busy month for the library finishing off with the Disrupted Festival of Ideas over the weekend of 30 & 31 July 2016. With keynote speakers, Waleed Aly, Dr Susan Carland, and Liam Young this festival is not to be missed. See the full Disrupted program here
Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge exhibition in the Ground Floor Gallery - now open
From Dirk Hartog’s landing at remote Cape Inscription in 1616 to our present migrant connections, Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge is an exhibition that draws stories from the collections in the State Library.
This exhibition is open during State Library opening hours until 25 September 2016.
FREE I Ground Floor Gallery, State Library, Perth Cultural Centre.
Live @ the Library – Free Friday Lunchtime Performances
There’s an eclectic mix of music on offer Live @ the Library over the next few months, with one free performance per month on a Friday lunchtime at 1pm. The program continues with Western Australia’s premier new music ensemble Decibel on 29 July, Tourist Kid’s electronic music on 19 August, The Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble on 23 September, and the instrumental grooves of TRISK on 21 October.
FREE I State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre.
For further details of what’s happening at the State Library over the next few months, check out the June edition of the Connect eNewsletter.
|2016 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival date announced|
The date of the 2016 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival has been set, from Tuesday 20 September until Sunday 25 September.
It is anticipated that there will be more than 30 world-class fashion events, which will include community, industry and runway events. These events will shine the light on some of the most talented local, national and international design talent. Click here for more information.
Image: Empire Rose at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015