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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
March 2016
Fast funding for WA artists
DCA’s new grants program is giving WA artists greater flexibility and better opportunities to apply for project funding.

Launched on 1 March 2016, the grants can be applied for at any time for funding requests up to $15,000, with a decision within a matter of weeks. The first applications have already been assessed and funding has been awarded.

Funding is available in five programs – Creative Development, Commercial Development, Community Engagement, Aboriginal Arts, and Scholarship and Fellowships.

For funding requests over $15,000, there will be one funding round per year. Applications for this year’s Creative Development and Community Engagement programs close on Thursday, 28 April 2016 (for requests over $15,000 only).

DCA’s Director General Duncan Ord said the new grants program would better meet the needs of artists, groups and organisations.

“With a much shorter turnaround time between submission and notification, artists will be able to take advantage of creative and professional opportunities in a timely way without the need to plan their projects around funding rounds,” Mr Ord said.

“More than $3million a year is provided through DCA’s grants program to support WA’s arts and cultural sector.”

DCA’s grants can make a significant difference to arts development and practice.

Thanks to a recent DCA grant, author Mark Greenwood will be in China this week by invitation to conduct book talks, panel discussions, writing workshops and school presentations for the Bookworm Literature Festival in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou. The tour will introduce Mark's work to Chinese publishers, media, educators and translators, expanding his audience base and developing new commercial opportunities for his work.

For more information on the programs and details on how to apply, visit
World of comics on display at the Art Gallery
International comic artists Emma Talbot and Ron Regé Jr will team up with Australia’s Tommi Parrish for the launch of the Art Gallery of WA’s new exhibition Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comic art on April 9.

The exhibition features work by nine of the world's leading contemporary comic artists: Anders Nilsen, Gabrielle Bell, John Porcellino, Ron Regé Jr. and Dash Shaw from the United States of America; Stephen Collins and Emma Talbot from the United Kingdom; Aisha Franz from Germany; and Tommi Parrish.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the exhibition was an international exploration of the inner life of some of the best comic artists at work in the world today.

"Comics are a growing contemporary genre and the gallery's exhibition will reflect this," Mr Day said.
"These artists are pushing the medium of printed comics in new and challenging directions.”

More than 150 samples of the artists' works will be presented in various stages of completion from rough sketch to fully inked, through sketchbooks, finished comic pages, paintings and video, allowing an intimate understanding of their artistic processes.

The opening weekend will include a number of artists' talks and events - providing West Australians with the opportunity to come face to face with the works and the people who created them.

The free exhibition will be on show from April 9 to July 25, 2016.

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Image: Stephen Collins, The Gigantic Beard that was Evil 2014, pencil on paper (20 drawings comprising 23 sheets), 42 x 60 cm, Collection of the artist
© Stephen Collins
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
Perth Concert Hall, 22-23 April, 7.30pm

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is an eloquent work with heart-melting melodies that concludes with a brilliant display of joyful virtuosity. The Sixth was the first of Dvořák’s symphonies to be heard outside his home country and immediately established his international reputation. Noble themes, richly-coloured landscapes and the lusty cross-rhythms of Czech folk music unfold in a never-ending stream of inventiveness, testament to a composer at the height of his creativity.

WEBER Euryanthe: Overture
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor
DVORAK Symphony No.6

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Bunbury shipwreck confirmed as Samuel Wright
A shipwreck found at Koombana Bay in Bunbury in February has been confirmed as the American whaling ship Samuel Wright.
The ship was lost in a storm on July 8, 1840 and is historically significant as it was one of the first American ships to visit Western Australia's south coast to conduct seasonal whaling activities.

Western Australian Museum chief executive officer Alec Coles said visits by American whaling ships such as the Samuel Wright, had been crucial to the viability of early Western Australian coastal settlements such as Bunbury, Flinders Bay (Augusta) and King George Sound.
“They were a source of communications and trade," Mr Coles said.

"As such the Samuel Wright has much to tell us about North American whaling activities, ship layout, cargo packaging techniques and long-distance voyaging in the early 19th century," he said.

The ship is exceptionally well-preserved and hundreds of artefacts including the ship's structure, wooden casks, leather shoes, clay pipes and food remains were uncovered.

It was discovered by Department of Parks and Wildlife site investigations at Koombana Bay and excavated by a team led by the Western Australian Museum which comprised 20 archaeologists, students and conservators from The University of Western Australia, the University of Notre Dame Australia and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
“The WA Museum houses the State's significant scientific and cultural collections and is an important centre for ongoing research,” Mr Coles said.

The Samuel Wright and other shipwrecks and associated materials that pre-date 1900 are automatically protected under the Maritime Archaeology Act 1973, and the wreck has been buried again to ensure its preservation.
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Jersey Boys star to perform at Subiaco Arts Centre
The star of the Australia production of Jersey Boys - Bobby Fox - is coming to Perth and a number of regional Western Australian venues.
The man who was handpicked by Frankie Valli to star in the hit musical will perform his show, 4 Seasons in 1 Night at Subiaco Arts Centre on 17 April 2016.
The Irish born performer spent three years playing Frankie Valli and his new show features favourites such as Oh What A Night!, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Grease and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
Presented by the Perth Theatre Trust, 4 Seasons in 1 Night gives Fox’s insight into the world of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; as well as his own journey from the first audition to the final curtain call.
“It’s the unmistakable sound and music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with a unique and exciting backstage pass into the trials and tribulations of playing one of the most challenging roles in music theatre,” Mr Fox said.
Bobby Fox will perform at the Subiaco Arts Centre; the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre; the Goldfields Arts Centre; the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre; the Beverley Platform Theatre; the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; and the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre as part of his national tour.

To book go to or phone 1300 795 012
Black Swan State Theatre Company secures Plus 1 Funding
Black Swan State Theatre Company has secured Plus1 funding from the Commonwealth government’s Creative Partnerships Australia, which will boost all donations to the company on a dollar for dollar basis up to $50,000 from now through to 13 May 2016.
Black Swan Executive Director Natalie Jenkins said that in its 25th anniversary year, the vision was for the company to be one of national significance, promoting collaborations of excellence and creating work within a vibrant hub that celebrates and excites Western Australian communities.
“The dollar for dollar approach to the campaign is significant in a year where Black Swan is embarking on some exciting new initiatives and creative challenges,” she said.
“The Plus1 Funding and our Step Up Your Support campaign will help us realise these initiatives. It will support our artist development programs and our inaugural international collaboration project – a three to five year artistic exchange between Black Swan and the National Theatre of China.
“The first stage of this project is for Dr Wang Xiaoying, Vice President of the National Theatre of China to come to Perth to direct Bertolt Brecht‟s classic The Caucasian Chalk Circle with WA and Chinese artists.
“Our vision for the second stage is for a Perth based director to go to China to direct a production there; and as a final stage a co-production between the two companies.”
Creative Partnerships Australia CEO Fiona Menzies said that the matched funding provided a significant incentive to donors.
“The Plus 1 program is designed to provide that incentive to attract new supporters or increase donations from existing supporters,” she said.
For more information about Black Swan’s private giving and bequest programs, please contact Philanthropy Manager, Andrée McIntyre at or 0417 187 025.
West Australian Opera - The Riders
Composed by Iain Grandage and libretto by Alison Croggon.
Based on the novel by Tim Winton
His Majesty’s Theatre 13-16 April at 7.30pm

Scully’s wife has disappeared. Her absence looms large as those left behind look for answers, desperate to recover their lost sense of belonging. Stirring and strange, Winton’s prose is translated into a modern opera that could be taken as a warning not to give chase to elusive hopes and transient identities in this award winning new Australian work.
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The Fremantle Arts Centre is presenting the 2016 Revealed: Emerging Aboriginal artists from Western Australia exhibition.

This year’s Revealed will include the work of more than 60 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from around the State demonstrate the vitality and diversity of contemporary WA Aboriginal art.

The exhibition brings artists and arts centre representatives to Perth for an art market, workshops, training, public symposium and exhibition.

All work is for sale.

Revealed is an annual program, funded by the Western Australian State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts in partnership with the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.

Revealed will be at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 9 April to 29 May.
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Image: Nyarrie Morgan, Newman. Photo by Carly Day, Martumili Artists.
Troopy artworks - Pukina Burton, Jimarri (detail), 2012, acrylic on
canvas, 122 x 71cm; Kumpaya Girgiba, Jurnu near Kunawarritji
(detail), 2012. Image courtesy of Fremantle Arts Centre.
Live @ the Library: Western Australian New Music Archive Performance Series
The second series of Live @ the Library supporting and promoting the Western Australian New Music Archive and the State Library as a live performance venue, continues into April.

About 50 people attended the performance by trombone quartet Bonetet in March, and good audiences are expected for the final three performances.
Friday April 15: Dane P. Yates – music for film, dance and spoken word
Friday May 13: Greywing Trio – harp, saxophone and guitar
Friday June 3: iMprov Collective – multi-instrument improvisations

SLWA CEO and State Librarian Margaret Allen said the Library building was proving to be an excellent venue for the performances.

“The music sounds wonderful and both audiences and the Library’s general visitors have received the series extremely well,” she said.

Performances start at 1pm in various spaces in the Library.
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Unfinished Business
Unfinished Business reveals the visual stories of 30 Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.

The exhibition, which will be on display at the State Library of Western Australia, consists of 3D backlit photographic portraits of the participants plus a narrative-style video interview.

Unfinished Business was first launched in September 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, coinciding with the 24th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a body within the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In December 2013, the exhibition was displayed at the World Health Organisation Headquarters in Geneva.

The exhibition was a part of Australia’s official contribution to the United Nations 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Persons and was displayed at the Museum of Tolerance in New York. This was supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The State Library is the only WA venue to host Unfinished Business. The exhibition is made possible through the support of Veolia, KPMG, North West Waste Alliance, the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, First Peoples Disability Network Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Outback Academy, Red Dust Heelers, Primary Communications and Simpsons.

Four West Australians are featured in the exhibition including June Oscar AO, a West Australian of Bunuba descent.

This free exhibition can be seen in the Library’s Ground Floor Gallery from 2 April to 3 June 2016.
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Image: June Oscar AO, photograph by Belinda Mason
At Home with Heritage at the Perth Cultural Centre
To celebrate National Heritage Month, the State Library WA, the Art Gallery of WA and the State Records Office have teamed up to bring visitors a great day of events on Friday 6 May.
Join the organisations in the Perth Cultural Centre for a selection of informative and entertaining guided tours, talks and exhibitions.
The experts at the State Library of Western Australia have put together a series of engaging talks and will uncover some secrets from their shelves.
Hear about gems of mining history, collecting and conserving WA heritage, tracing queer history in WA, what the Pilbara Strike of ’46 was about, how our music heritage is in good hands and what the new history of the North West is.
The first talk at the State Library starts at 10am.
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Black Swan State Theatre Company
Co-production with Malthouse Theatre
Picnic at Hanging Rock

A new play by Tom Wright, adapted from Joan Lindsay’s novel at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, 1-17 April

A group of schoolgirls and their teachers venture out into the sundrenched landscape, and four of them disappear forever. A new adaption of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel is sure to excite and perplex a whole new generation, proving again that no one can resist the lure of Hanging Rock.

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Image: LR Arielle Gray, Nikki Shiels, Amber McMahon, Elizabeth Nabben, Harriet Gordon-Anderson. Picnic at Hanging Rock. Image by Pia Johnson
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