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|Last Will and Testament of Anzac legend found|
|To mark Anzac Day 2016, the State Records Office of Western Australian (SRO) digitised and placed online the recently discovered last will and testament of famed Anzac John Simpson Kirkpatrick.|
Revealing the discovery, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the will was among more than 3,600 wills of Western Australian Great War military personnel recently located in the State archives and now listed on the SRO website.
John Simpson, also surnamed Kirkpatrick, landed at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915. As a member of the field ambulance at Gallipoli, he transported wounded soldiers by donkey from the front line under heavy fire.
"Finding these wills is important not only for our State's historic record, it will help descendants unlock some of the mysteries of their forebears who perished on the battlefields of World War I," Mr Day said.
"From 1914-18, the number of wills processed by the Western Australian Supreme Court tripled and SRO archivists have long suspected that many of these files hold the wills of soldiers killed in the Great War. Thanks to their sleuthing, families now have access to a precious resource."
Simpson was killed by machine gun fire on May 19, 1915, aged 22, and the tale of 'Simpson and his donkey' came to symbolise the Anzac spirit.
"John Simpson's Will, dated April 6, 1915, is handwritten on a small piece of notepaper and shows he left everything to his mother in South Shields in northern England.
"The probate file reveals his personal estate was £37.13s, made up of money in a savings bank account and outstanding military pay, today equivalent to about $4,500."
Mr Day said there was a growing demand for the digitisation of archives held by the SRO, with a new service now available, where entire files and other relevant archives could be digitised for a fee.
"This will significantly enhance the provision of online access to the archives in the longer term," he said.
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Image: State Archivist and Executive Director State Records, Cathrin Cassarchis with Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day
|The Department of Corrective Services, Abmusic and Musica Viva will introduce a music program designed to engage Aboriginal youth at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre School.|
Funded through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Department of Education’s AiR Grants Program, a crucial aspect of the program is the availability of high quality musical instruments.
Musica Viva State manager Lindsay Lovering said that on inspection, the guitars and drum kit stored at Banksia Hill, were in serious need of major servicing and repair.
“Musica Viva approached Graham Hoskins from Concept Music, who immediately agreed to repair and restring all instruments at no charge, and to donate a drum kit,” Mr Lovering said.
Mr Hoskins said that it was an opportunity to support a significant local initiative.
“As someone who every day sees first-hand how playing a musical instrument improves self-esteem, team building, leadership and literacy skills I was delighted to offer the services of Concept Music,” he said.
Mr Hoskins and Simon Kuczma, one of Concept Music’s most experienced instrument repairers, visited Banksia Hill recently and repaired and re-strung 18 guitars and basses.
Although a number of instruments still require major repairs, Mr Hoskins and his team have offered to undertake this work free of charge in their Wembley based music store.
“Concept Music’s contribution has ensured that Banksia Hill’s AiR project will start on Friday 6 May as planned,” Mr Lovering said.
Image credit: Musica Viva’s Graham Hoskins (left) and Simon Kuczma (right) working on a guitar
|West Australian Ballet en pointe in Jakarta|
|West Australian Ballet will perform in the Indonesian capital Jakarta for the first time in more than two decades, thanks to support from the Commonwealth and State Governments.|
The company will present a program of classical and contemporary works alongside performances by a youth ensemble comprising local Indonesian ballet students at the Jakarta Theatre, Taman Ismail Marzuki.
A series of workshops and masterclasses will also be held with local dance teachers and students, along with skills transfer sessions with Indonesian theatre technicians.
Initiated by the Ballet Indonesia Foundation (Ballet.id) and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, the visit has been assisted through $114,440 in Catalyst funding, along with $20,000 from the WA Government.
For more information, visit West Australian Ballet
Image: West Australian Ballet's Melissa Boniface. Photo Tony Currie
|National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Writing |
|Western Australian established or emerging writers have until 1 July 2016 to apply for the 2017 Creative Arts Fellowships being offered by the National Library of Australia. |
The Fellowships include a grant of $10,000 to support Australian writers, working in any literary genre, to undertake an intensive period of creative development at the Library, using its collections as inspiration towards new work.
|Big Sky Readers & Writers Festival brings national talent to local venues|
|The Big Sky Readers & Writers Festival returns to Geraldton next month with a program of reading, art, photography, poetry, humour and storytelling.|
The Festival is headlined by actor and author Steve Bisley, who will provide the keynote address based on his memoir Stillways, feature in an intimate three-course dinner at Salt Dish Café, a Literary Lunch amongst the olive trees of Bentwood Olive Grove, and a forum with other featured authors around the subject: Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck (with credit to Donald Horne).
The Big Sky Readers & Writers Festival, now in its 11th year, will comprise more than 22 events over three days including discussions, debates, masterclasses and presentations on a range of styles and genres.
Other visiting artists include:
• Australian Illustrator Kyle Hughes-Odgers
• Award-winning novelist Rod Jones
• Photographer Daniel Craig
• Rural romance writer Loretta Hill
• Non-fiction writers Grantlee Kieza and Rosemary Sayer
• Short story writer Susan Midalia
• Poet and musician Kevin Gillim
• Young adult writer Lara Morgan
For more information and to book for events visit: http://library.cgg.wa.gov.au/big-sky-2016.aspx.
The Festival’s supporters include the WA Museum Geraldton, writingWA and the Department of Culture and the Arts.
|Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and WAAPA collaborate on Little Red Riding Hood|
|A collaboration between Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and WAAPA is producing a collage of puppetry works for adults inspired by the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.|
I See Red is devised and performed by WAAPA’s Third Year Bachelor of Performing Arts students with direction by Spare Parts Artistic Director Philip Mitchell.
The works explores the power and potential of puppetry, object manipulation and visual theatre in performance.
This is the second year Spare Parts Puppet Theatre have team up with WAAPA, in what is proving to be a rewarding partnership.
Recent WAAPA graduate, Barnaby Pollock was signed to work with Spare Parts this year, undertaking a 13-week contract touring the acclaimed work Hachiko throughout regional WA.
Fellow graduates, Zoe Hollyoak and Rachael Woodward, have recently been awarded two of the four places offered in Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s 2016 FirstHand emerging puppetry artist training program. Hollyoak and Woodward will be mentored by Spare Parts’ artistic leaders and each will receive $3,000 to develop a puppetry project.
I See Red will be performed on 19th and 20th May at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle.
For more information and to book, visit: www.sppt.asn.au
Image: courtesy WAAPA and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
|WA film makers funded to produce new arts content|
|Two Western Australian film making teams have received $50,000 each to fund a web series as part of Art Bites, a joint initiative between ABC Television and Screen Australia.|
Art Bites encourages new arts content from emerging and early-career Australian filmmakers, offering four grants. A team from Queensland and another from NSW also received funding.
The two WA film making teams include:
Suburban Interventions will look at how growing up in the suburbs or Perth informed artist Ian Strange’s practice, and led to a global analysis of the iconography of suburbia and home.
Producer: Brooke Silcox
Executive Producer: Amanda Morrison
Director: Ian Strange
Shock Art looks at the art that shocks today and why it can take audiences deep into uncomfortable territory. Is it OK for it to be offensive, controversial, and even dangerous?
Producer: Alice Ross
Director: Sam Field
Screenwest is offering support for the WA teams and all four teams will receive mentoring support from a digital Arts Commissioning Editor at ABC and an Investment Development Manager from Screen Australia.
The series will premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iView from November 2016.
|Aboriginal Anzacs remembered through art|
| A new art exhibition at Joondalup Campus highlights the stories of the WA Aboriginal servicemen who served during World War I.|
They Served with Honour: An Exhibition marks this year’s ANZAC Centenary 2015 – 2018 commemorations and is a joint collaboration between Edith Cowan University and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
“The exhibition draws upon the book They Served with Honour: Untold Stories of WA Servicemen at Gallipoli which highlights the unknown stories of 13 Western Australian Aboriginal servicemen who served at Gallipoli,” ECU Art Collection Curator Sue Starcken said.
Nyoongar artist Peter Farmer’s new work, commissioned for the exhibition, was unveiled when the exhibition opened last month.
“I am a proud descendant of Kenneth Farmer who served in the First and Second World Wars for Australia,” Mr Farmer said.
“His brothers Larry, Lewis and Augustus Pegg served in both wars as well; and his sisters served in the women’s auxiliary armed forces also.”
Mr Farmer said his artwork was symbolic of the 13 Aboriginal soldiers featured in the book They Served with Honour.
“They are signified with the 13 poppies. The lines represent the many roads and paths they travelled; and in the middle are hills and fields where the poppies appeared.
“The figure in the middle is the unknown Aboriginal soldier (Eternal Flame), who had no name until this century.”
They Served with Honour: An Exhibition is on display at Edith Cowan University Art Gallery until Wednesday 22 June, 2016.
The book They Served with Honour: Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli is available at the State Library of WA, Art Gallery of WA and WA Museum bookshops and can be downloaded (pdf 7mb) via The Department of Aboriginal Affairs website. DAA are currently working on a follow-up publication.
Image: Nyoongar artist Peter Farmer with his new work commissioned for the exhibition.
|The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival to folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector-performers.|
The Fellowship offers an opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material at the Library for use in their artistic work.
The four-week residency culminates in a performance at the 2017 National Folk Festival, and a presentation on the Fellowship at the National Library.
As well as access to the collections, research facilities and the Library’s sound recording studios, Fellows receive:
• $4000 for travel support, accommodation and project expenses for the residency; and
• $4000 towards the performance at the festival and the presentation at the Library.
Applications for the close on 1 July 2016 - for more information and to apply, visit http://folkfestival.org.au/apply/national-folk-fellowship/
National Folk Fellows Emma Nixon and Chris Stone and friends, live on stage in the Fellowship concert at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, April 2012
|Local designers take top prize at national trade and product awards|
|Perth based designers and leather makers Rebecca and Adam Fogarty recently won a top award at the 2016 Life Instyle Awards in Sydney.|
Beating popular contenders like Pigeonhole and Amelia Lane Paper to win the Best Gift Product, Hammered Leatherworks’ Just Stitch It Mini Kits demonstrated the couple’s love for good quality leatherwork.
“Life instyle is Australia’s only boutique trade event, focusing on emerging trends, Australian brands and innovative products,” Mrs Fogarty said.
“We started our make-your-own leather kit business in 2014, after our hands on leather workshops went viral.”
Mr Fogarty said that in today’s age of fast consumption, traditional skills, such as leatherwork needed to be passed on.
“The make-your-own leather wallet, purse, luggage tags and home décor kits means that everyone can make something themselves.”
The Life Instyle judging panel agreed, commenting on the ‘unique, innovative and original’ aspects of the leather kits.
The panel included magazine editors from Australian House and Garden, Inside Out and representatives from leading online lifestyle sites Esty Australia and Temple &Webster.
Mr and Mrs Fogarty were successful recipients of a Department of Culture and Arts Creative Industries grant in the business development category to participate in Life Instyle in Melbourne and Sydney.
For more information visit: www.hammeredleatherworks.com.au
Image: Rebecca and Adam Fogarty with their Life Instyle award.