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The Department of Culture and the Arts eNews
August 2016
Department of Culture and the Arts grants
Now open
Applications are open for the Aboriginal Arts Grants Program, 15k-plus category. Applications are due by 15 September 2016, for a project/activity start date of 1 January 2017.
Opening soon
Applications for the Commercial Development Grants Program, 15k-plus category will open soon on 29 August 2016. The last date to submit an application will be 6 October 2016, for a project/activity start date of 1 January 2017.
Apply any time
The following grants 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.
~ The Creative Development Grants Program, U-15k;
~ Commercial Development Grants Program, U-15k;
~ Community Engagement Grants Program, U-15k; and
~ Aboriginal Arts Grants Program, U-15k.
The Regional and Remote Touring Fund is also open year-round, however, applications must be submitted at least 60 business days before the intended start of a project or activity.
For more information and to apply:
See the DCA Grants Key Dates Calendar for other important dates.
A bold new museum for WA

The State Government recently announced the appointment of Brookfield Multiplex, with their international architect team comprising HASSELL and OMA, as the Managing Contractor that will design and build the New Museum for Western Australia. At the same time, the Premier revealed the bold concept design for museum in the Perth Cultural Centre.
The New Museum will feature nearly 7000sqm of exhibition space, up to four times that available at the existing Perth site. It will also feature learning studios, an opportunity to see the behind the scenes work of the WA Museum, exciting retail, food and beverage opportunities, and an energy and thermal solution for the whole Perth Cultural Centre.
The dynamic and flexible galleries provide opportunities for innovative and interactive displays, while the large temporary exhibition space will attract major exhibitions. Of course, the Blue Whale will also return in a spectacular new display!
Brookfield Multiplex will start site investigations in the next few months, with site works expected to begin in early 2017. The New Museum will open in 2020. Read more...
Image credit: WA Museum courtesy of Brookfield Multiplex
Plus1 to provide $1.2m in matched funding for arts organisations
Creative Partnerships Australia’s successful matched funding program for arts organisations, Plus1, is back for 2016/17.
Through Plus1, small to medium arts organisations receive matched funding for fundraising campaigns that support a project or activity of their choice. This year, successful recipients will share in $1.2 million in matched funding, capped at $50,000 per project.
Examples of projects or activities that can be supported through Plus1 include creating and presenting new artistic work, initiatives such as an education program or scholarship opportunity, employment of new staff, fundraising support expenses, technology improvements and core operational support.
Successful applicants will have around seven months to run their campaigns, giving them plenty of time to implement a successful fundraising strategy, engage supporters and reach their fundraising targets.
Applications close 26 August 2016. For information about the program, including guidelines, FAQs and success stories from previous successful participants, visit
Creative Partnerships Australia is supported by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts.
Image credit: Spare Parts Puppet Theatres Tales From Outer Suburbia. Photo: Jessica Wyld
Artist Forum from Community Arts Network
Community Arts Network (CAN) is hosting a free informal Artist Forum for community artists and cultural workers. This event will discuss community arts practice and opportunities, as well as the Catalyst Research and Professional Development grant, of which there are two $10,000 grants available.
Successful recipients from the 2015 grant, artists Poppy van Oorde-Grainger and Candice Lorrae, will share their experiences and the impact of funding on their practice.
The Artist Forum will be held next Thursday 18 August, 5:30-7:30pm, at the State Theatre Centre, Perth. Registrations can be made via email at, or via phone on (08) 9226 2422.
For more details about this forum, visit the CAN website:
CAN manages Catalyst Community Arts Fund on behalf of the State of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts.
Image credit: Photo courtesy of CAN
The Goods Shed
The Goods Shed is WA's newest creative project space in a repurposed heritage railway building at Claremont Station.
The opening of The Goods Shed marks a new beginning for FORM with its recent launch on 4 August as WA's newest creative hub. Currently running at The Goods Shed is The Core, featuring Tunisian artist Karim Jabbari.
Karim was nominated in 2015 by the International Award for for Public Arts as one of the top 30 public artists in the world. Karim is well-known for his lightgraff work. This particular exhibition, which casts the Great Southern coastline in a whole new light, was a collaboration between Karim and WA's top photography and film making talent, Bewley Shaylor and Chad Peacock.
Click here to read more about The Goods Shed and to see FORM's August - December 2016 Program which includes a range of workshops, events and opportunities for the community to get involved.
Two Countries. Two Cultures. Seven Cities. One Festival
A national festival will take place throughout August - November in Australia this year as part of Confluence - A Festival of India in Australia.
Visiting Perth in September, the festival will feature some of India's most exciting and esteemed contemporary artists.
Confluence events will feature Transposition-Ishara's puppet and dance show at His Majesty's Theatre, The Raghu Dixit Project at the Perth Concert Hall, and the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at the State Theatre Centre.
The State Government is supporting the festival, with $22,000 sponsorship through OMI's Community Grants Program and the State's theatre venues.
OMI is sponsoring a major art installation exploring the life, work and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, which will have its Australian premiere in Perth. The Mahatma in Me exhibition opens at Elizabeth Quay on 2 October to mark Gandhi's birthday and the start of international non-violence month.
For further information please visit
Image credit: Photo courtesy of Gandhi Creations Pty Ltd
Geraldton’s Queens Park Theatre opens to a full house
The Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton re-opened in July after a multi-million refurbishment.
The City of Greater Geraldton provided $4 million to refurbish and renovate the theatre including replacing the old roof, installing new heating and an energy efficient air-conditioning system.
In addition, the State Government provided the City with a further $102,221 through the Royalties for Regions $24 million investment in culture and arts’ Regional Venues Improvement Fund.
The grant was used to upgrade the theatre’s equipment including a state of the art audio mixing desk, stage curtains, two new follow spotlights, a digital projector, LED signage and a new wireless communications system for backstage talkback.
The Royalties for Regions program, which is managed by the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA), aims to develop a regional touring circuit through upgrading venues in order to accommodate local performing artists as well as to attract a more diverse range of performing arts touring outside the metropolitan area.
DCA Director General Duncan Ord said the Queens Park Theatre was a major venue in terms of the State’s developing regional touring circuit.
The opening night featured a performance by The 3 Chinese Tenors, including classical opera, musical theatre and storytelling.
WA feature film to screen at the Venice Film Festival
One of the first feature films to be developed, filmed and post-produced in Western Australia has been selected to screen at the Venice Film Festival.
Hounds of Love is the debut feature film of local writer-director Ben Young and was awarded $750,000 through Screenwest’s West Coast Visions, which aims to uncover, inspire and develop local emerging filmmakers. The production was also supported by Screen Australia.
The Venice Film Festival is ranked one of the world’s top three feature film festivals alongside the Cannes and Berlin festivals.
Hounds of Love is the second WA film to be accepted – the first was Looking for Grace, which was in the Official Selection, in 2015.
Image credit: Stephen Curry and Emma Booth two of the main characters in Hounds of Love. Photo courtesy of Screenwest
Barking Gecko wins 2016 Helpmann Award
Congratulations to Barking Gecko Theatre Company on winning the Best Presentation for Children category for Bambert's Book of Lost Stories at the 2016 Helpmann Awards.
Bambert's Book of Lost Stories, world premiered in Perth in April 2016 and is based on Reinhardt Jung's internationally lauded novel.
Barking Gecko previously won four awards at the 2015 Helpmann's for its production The Rabbits, in the categories: Best New Australian Work, Best Presentation for Children, Best Costume Design and Best Score. The Rabbits was performed to sell out audiences at that year’s Perth International Arts Festival.
The Department of Culture and Arts (DCA) Director General Duncan Ord said the Department was a proud supporter of Barking Gecko Theatre Company, which recently became a resident company at the State Theatre Centre.
“Our congratulations go to the Barking Gecko team – to Artistic Director Matt Edgerton and CEO Helen Hristofski,” he said.
Held in Sydney on 25 July, the Helpmann Awards recognise artistic achievement and excellence in live performance, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.
Visit the Canvas events page for a list of upcoming Barking Gecko productions, including In a Dark Dark Wood, which will premiere on Friday 22 September at the Dolphin Theatre UWA.
Image credit: Photo courtesy of Barking Gecko Theatre Company. Photo: Jon Green
Honouring Noongar elders born on country
One of this year’s outstanding NAIDOC Week events was an exhibition telling the stories of the last generation of Noongar elders to be born on country.
Born on Country went on display at the Midland Junction Art Centre as the culmination of the Community Arts Network's (CAN) seven-year Bush Babies program.
An estimated 300 people attended the launch, with community members from Busselton, Quairading, Kellerberrin and Mandurah travelling to Midland to be part of the event.
The exhibition included original artworks, portrait photography, handcrafted dolls and compelling personal stories, as well as a retrospective of the Bush Babies project, and revealed a time in Western Australian history when Aboriginal people were not permitted to give birth in hospitals, a situation that remained in some parts of WA into the 1970s.
It also highlighted the crucial role played by Noongar midwives in delivering these babies.
The Bush Babies project also led to the discovery of a rare photographic collection capturing Noongar life on the Goomalling Reserve.
The photographer was Mavis Walley, and her images provide a vivid representation of life at this time from an Aboriginal perspective. Ms Walley's daughter, Dallas Phillips, donated her mother's photographs to the State Library of Western Australia through Bush Babies.
Culture and Arts Minister John Day, who opened Born on Country, said the project and exhibition was a moving tribute to the challenges faced by Aboriginal people at that time, just as it recognised their triumphs and celebrated their achievements as senior members of their respective communities.
Image credit: Photo courtesy of CAN. Photo: Tash Gillespie
Name this creature competition
The Australian public have been given the opportunity to put their personal imprint on biological history, by ‘naming a creature’ that is new to science. Off Track, ABC Radio National’s premier environmental science program, in conjunction with the WA Museum, is running an open competition to name a new species, as a National Science Week initiative.
The creature is a nudibranch — a flamboyant sea slug which lives around the edge of North West Australia.
Dr Nerida Wilson, from the WA Museum’s Department of Aquatic Zoology first encountered the nudibranch 16 years ago while diving off the North West coast during a trip to Dampier; she is now working on the species description with Dr Leila Carmona from Spain. 
Now, years later, through work funded by the Net Conservation Benefits Fund, WA Museum scientists have used molecular tools to determine that it is a new species. It has become a great ambassador to engage the public with taxonomy and conservation in our diverse North West waters.
Nerida says her first sight of this nudibranch was very memorable because it unrolls the cerata (sausage-like protuberances) on its back to make an impressive display to scare off predators. Ann Jones, host of Off Track, thinks it’s one of the weirdest creatures she has ever come across, with its ice blue ‘sausages’ all over its back, which it waves when it is under threat.
People (other than WA Museum employees) can enter the competition by going to WA Museum’s website which will take you to the entry page with videos, information, and images – this page will be updated regularly.
The closing date is Monday 15 August – and there have been more than 2,500 entries from around Australia already!  You can hear an interview that Ann Jones did with Nerida for Off Track last weekend by going to:
Image credit: Photo courtesy of WA Museum
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Department of Culture and the Arts
PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre
WA 6849
Phone: +61 08 6552 7300

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