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June 2016
Department of Culture and the Arts grants
IMPORTANT – Effective 15 June 2016, there will be some changes to support material requirements for applicants to the Creative Development, Commercial Development, Community Engagement, Scholarship and Fellowships and Aboriginal Arts programs.
Applicants with a draft application in progress, please check the updated program handbooks to ensure the support materials comply with the new requirements. Instructions on how to submit Support Materials have also been updated in the DCA Grants – A Guide to Completing Your Application and Support Material ‘how-to’ Guide.
Those who have previously downloaded copies of the handbooks or other Application Resources, please be sure to refer to the updated documents (available now from the DCA website) before beginning to planning or drafting a new application.

Now Open
Regional Venues Improvement Fund
• Venue Functional Upgrades
• Minor Technical Equipment Upgrades
• Major Technical Equipment Upgrades
All categories closing 30 June 2016.

Upcoming Rounds
Applications to the following rounds open on 20 June 2016:
Young People and the Arts Fellowship
Creative Development Fellowship
Performing Arts Mid-Career Fellowship
Visual Arts and Craft Mid-Career Fellowship
Aboriginal Arts Forward Fellowship

Updates and announcements
Applications are now closed for the $15,000-plus category of the Creative Development program, the $15,000-plus category of the Community Engagement program and the Young People and the Arts International Scholarship.

The Under $15,000 categories of these programs 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.

For information and to apply:

See the DCA Grants Key Dates Calendar for other important dates.
Barking Gecko moves to the Perth Theatre Centre
Western Australia's leading youth theatre organisation, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, is set to become a resident company at Perth's premier performing arts venue, the State Theatre Centre of WA, from July 1, 2016.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day said the move was announced as Barking Gecko opened its production of Sugarland at the State Theatre Centre.

"Barking Gecko has been using the State Theatre Centre to present many intriguing and popular productions since the centre opened in 2011, and it makes sense for the company to move operations closer to its performance base," Mr Day said.

“From its new home in this flagship venue, and under the creative watch of new artistic director Matt Edgerton, the company will continue to build its reputation for presenting world-class theatre with a strong youth and family focus."
Sugarland runs at the State Theatre Centre of WA until June 28. For more information visit:
Photo by John Tsaivis
Vale Noriko Nishimoto
Australia has lost a great theatrical talent with the passing of former Spare Parts Puppet Theatre artistic director Noriko Nishimoto.

Department of Culture and Arts director general Duncan Ord said Ms Nishimoto was one of the nation's foremost puppeteers.

"In 2015, she was honoured as one of Western Australia's Living Treasures for her outstanding contribution to puppetry, she was considered a master of the art, both in Australia and internationally, with more than 45 years in the industry," Mr Ord said.
Ms Nishimoto worked as a performer, writer and director for 16 years at the highly regarded La Clarte Puppet Theatre in Osaka before visiting Perth in the early 1980s at the invitation of director Peter Wilson to spend six weeks working as master puppeteer on the Festival of Perth production Faust.

Ms Nishimoto stayed on to become an Australian citizen and joined the newly formed Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. She performed and trained other performers both within the company and through master classes across Australia's capital cities. She toured with the company through Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Canada and the United States of America.

Ms Nishimoto was recognised in 2008 by the global Union internationale de la Marionnette for her contribution to puppetry in Australia.

Photo by Frances Andrijich
Government Photographer collection 
Today Forrest Place is closed to cars and home to public art, pedestrians and food markets, but back in 1938, it was a different story.
The image above was recently printed in the West Australian newspaper for an article on the Government Print Collection.
Between archives held at the newspaper, the State Library of WA (SLWA) and the State Records Office (SRO) there is a significant collection of images and negatives documenting the development of Western Australia during the 20th century.
The Government Print Collection commenced in 1914 and holds an substantial and important archive of about 89,000 photo negatives and prints.
The position of Government Photographer, began in 1929 and there were only ever two appointments to this position; John Balmer, 1929-1961, and Ray Penrose, 1961-1985.
The area where Forrest Place is now located was a covered marketplace, however that was demolished in 1922 to make way for the General Post Office which still stands today.
A road ran in front of the GPO and in 1925 on the opposite side of the street the Padbury Buildings were constructed alongside the Boans department store. The street was only closed to cars in 1986 when the current reconstruction began and Forrest Place was opened by Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the bicentenary.

Images courtesy The State Library of Western Australia
Picnic at Hanging Rock at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre in 2017
David Greig, artistic director to the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh has announced his first season will include a new Australian mystery play to haunt audiences in the 2017 New Year.

Picnic at Hanging Rock, a new play adapted from Joan Lindsay’s novel by Australian playwright Tom Wright and co-produced by Malthouse Theatre Melbourne and Perth’s Black Swan State Theatre Company will be performed at the Lyceum in 2017.

The play drew strong audiences to Perth’s State Theatre Centre during its 2016 season.

“This January I loved The Weir, it felt somehow right to have a ghost story for the New Year,” Greig said.
“So for this coming January I thought it would be great to have another story of haunting and mystery… this time not from rainy Ireland but from the dust and shimmering heat of colonial Melbourne.

“A classic novel, celebrated film and now a thrilling and acclaimed play, this is the story of an ill-fated girls school trip to the bush and its horrifying consequences.

“I think a big city like Edinburgh deserves international work all year round, not just in August, so I’m delighted to be welcoming Matthew Lutton and his Malthouse Theatre company from Melbourne to Edinburgh to give us a genuine taste of Australian heat to warm us up, and then chill our spines, in January.”
For more information visit the Royal Lyceum Theatre's website
Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge
From Dirk Hartog’s landing at remote Cape Inscription in 1616 to our present migrant connections, Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge draws stories from the collections in the State Library of Western Australia.
Whether seeking trade, refuge or opportunity the Dutch, like others to land on these shores, have helped shape WA. This exhibition looks beyond the early maritime links to include stories of recent Dutch military history and migrant journeys to the State.
The exhibition is free and will be on display from 24 June to 25 September, 2016 during State Library opening hours.
For more information visit the State Library's website

Image courtesy the State Library of Western Australia
New regional film fund for WA
The State Government’s Royalties for Regions will provide $16 million towards a new Western Australian Regional Film Fund.
ScreenWest chief executive officer Ian Booth said the screen industry would welcome the funding as it would attract key national and international players to make content in WA.

"ScreenWest will administer the fund, partnering with regional development commissions to market WA's great locations locally and overseas to attract productions," Mr Booth said.

"The fund looks to extend recent successful partnerships with the screen industry, including job creation, skill development and tourism.

"The current production of Breath in Denmark is an excellent example as it has generated more than 250 local jobs."

Jasper Jones recently finished shooting in Pemberton in the South-West and RED DOG:TRUE BLUE worked alongside the Pilbara Development Commission.

For more information, visit ScreenWest's website

Image: Levi Miller and Blue Dog - Woss Group Film Productions
Boost a performance plus for country audiences
Western Australia’s Gascoyne and Wheatbelt regions are benefiting from the latest round of State Government performing arts funding.

Department of Culture and the Arts director general Duncan Ord said the Regional Touring Boost grants program, made possible by Royalties for Regions, would increase the number and diversity of performing artists touring regional areas.

"The number of performances to regional WA is growing and becoming more diverse, including comedy, dance, circus, music, theatre and multi-arts shows," Mr Ord said.

"These tours will be seen by thousands of local children, adults and tourists who attend the performances or take part in the workshops."

Gascoyne in May received $96,541 towards its 2016 program, which includes aerial dance and circus companies Natural Wings and ZAP CIRCUS. 

West Australian Music (WAM) has received $62,400 towards co-ordinating a series of visits to Bencubbin, Nungarin, Quindanning, Kellerberrin, Dowerin, Narrogin, Wongan Hills, York, Beverley, Toodyay and Merredin.

The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit involves a series of 10 visits by professional contemporary Western Australian musicians, who will deliver 90 performances and four workshops to an anticipated audience of 3,100 people.

Each tour involves the Perth-based artists being joined by local support groups to perform over a three-day weekend. WAM will also work with the Narrogin Musicians Association to run a series of music-based community workshops.

For more information on Gascoyne in May visit:
For more information on WAM visit:
Image: Simply Designed, Gascoyne in May, Anton Blume
Reason for Being
Artistic director of Co3, Raewyn Hill and the Co3 dance artists continue their work reinterpreting the Art Gallery of WA's collections as the 2016 artists in residence.

The performers have been re-imagining the gallery experience as part of the company's Reason for Being project.

The launch show as part of the Perth International Arts Festival was very popular and audiences were able to see the creative process in action.

The next Reason for Being forms part of the Winter Arts Festival from Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 July and will be approached in a completely new way.

With Ms Hill on residency in Japan, AGWA will stream her live to the screening room where dance director, Richard Longbottom and Co3 dance artist, Mitch Harvey will bring the piece to life.

Details are on the AGWA website.

Image courtesy The Art Gallery of Western Australia
'Imagine all the people'
Also at the Art Gallery of WA is the Imagination Room. Featuring a stunning mural by US artist Ron Rege Jr, and Aggie the AGWA robot, this is the place for artist talks, debates and discussion as well as workshops and live video links.

Check the program on the Art Gallery of WA's website.

Watch the making of the mural here:

Meet the STARMAN, he’ll blow your mind
Take your protein pills and put your helmets on! Entertainer Sven Ratzke will present a dazzling new rock show inspired by the music of David Bowie at His Majesty’s Theatre on 15 June.
International singer and entertainer Ratzke brings, not just a David Bowie tribute, but creates an entirely new character with STARMAN.
In this Australian premiere, the brilliant worlds of Ratzke and Bowie collide in a universe of music and outrageous costumes.

Ratzke will be accompanied by his three-man band led by long-time collaborator Charly Zastrau. The music grooves from seventies glam rock into sound collages and intimate moments.
Ratzke is a German-Dutch singer and entertainer whose style has been described as ‘a wild mix of cabaret, vaudeville and jazz songs’.
For more information and to book visit the Perth Theatre Trust website

Crown Resorts Foundation announces new arts program for young people
The Crown Resorts Foundation has announced the launch of its $25 million Melbourne and Perth Art education Initiative, an eight year commitment to be allocated through open grant rounds.
It initiative is focused on providing children in lower socio-economic areas the chance to engage with the arts. As well as promoting creativity, most of the programs will be education focused using art as the vehicle with which to engage youth with learning and community.
The Foundation is encouraging organisations operating relevant arts-based programs in Perth to apply for funding. Application close on Wednesday June 15, 2016; for more information and to apply, visit

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