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2 September 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.
Applications are open for the Commercial Development Grants Program, 15k-plus category. Applications are due by 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.
Visual Arts Sector Review
DCA has commenced a Visual Arts Sector Review with the release of a discussion paper entitled Present State: An inquiry into the visual arts sector in Western Australia 2016.
This review is part of a DCA Strategic Plan 2016 initiative to undertake reviews of the visual arts, writing and theatre sector and address issues impacting on their sustainability.
The discussion paper presents an overview of issues and opportunities identified through analysis of national and international data on the visual arts sector and consultation with artists and gallery owners in WA.
Invitations have been issued to the sector to read the discussion paper on the DCA website and provide feedback by completing a survey questionnaire.
The review will provide DCA with a better understanding of the issues that are important to the sector and how to assist the sector in achieving its long-term objectives.
Enquiries relating to the Visual Arts Sector Review can be directed to the Research, Policy and Evaluation team at DCA at
Arcadia Australia full line-up announced
As you may be aware, a 50-tonne, fire-breathing spider with 360 degrees of sensory immersion will make an exclusive visit to Perth's Elizabeth Quay, from 23-27 November 2016.
Arcadia Australia will deliver two community open days on 23-24 November (more information to be released in September) and three ticketed shows for the weekend.
During the ticketed shows on 25-27 November, the spider, which is built from 95 per cent repurposed military and industrial hardware, will come alive featuring:
1. The Landing Show - where the spider awakens with aerial performances, lasers and pyrotechnics;
2. The Lords of Lightning - who will battle it out with shards of lightning; harnessing four million volts of Telsa electricity; and
3. The gathering of men to dance the Yallorr Keeninyarra - Dance of the Wadjuk Nyungar/People, a dance which asks the Spider Spirit of Garrgatup (Kings Park) to weave a web that creates strength and togetherness throughout the nations. This never before seen union between the Arcadia spider and the sacred Wadjuk spider aims to bring a unique and local perspective to a global phenomenon.
Each night there will be a dynamic mix of artists who will take to the spider's DJ booth, which is suspended above the dance floor. This includes some of Australia's contemporary electronic artists headlining  on the world famous stage, and who will be joined by a dynamic mix of WA talent and UK electronic Pioneers. Check out the line-up below:
Three local producers and aspiring DJs will also have the opportunity to win the opening set at one of the three event days, playing live from the spider as part of the Pilerats Ones to Watch competition. 
Arcadia Australia is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, Tourism Western Australia, and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, in conjunction with The City of Perth and corporate partners Deloitte. Click here for more information and tickets.
Image credit: Sarah Ginn Photography
ACCELERATE 2016 participants announced
The 2016 participants of the tailored leadership skills development programme, ACCELERATE, were recently announced at a special celebration held at Melbourne's Bunjilaka Aboriginal Culture Centre.
Pictured on the right (from left to right) are the successful participants:
1. Jonathon Saunders – an illustrator and arts worker from Northern Territory;
2. Travis De Vries – an arts manager and writer from New South Wales;
3. Kamarra Bell-Wykes – an arts manager and playwright from Victoria;
4. Francoise Lane – a designer from Queensland;
5. Jilda Andrews – a curator and singer from Australian Capital Territory; and
6. Glenn Iseger-Pilkington – a museums and galleries curator from Western Australia
This group will travel to the UK for three weeks in November to develop their skills in consultation with high-profile individuals and organisations in their artistic fields. On completion of the programme, participants will form part of the national ACCELERATE alumni network, with access to continued support, training and international opportunities.
British Council Director, Helen O'Neil said ACCELERATE has been successful in developing long-lasting links and opportunities between arts practitioners in Australia and the UK and in creating career pathways for future generations.
"By the end of this year, ACCELERATE will have been instrumental in shaping the careers of 35 incredibly talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander creative leaders," she said.
ACCELERATE 2016 is presented by the British Council and the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Arts NSW, Arts NT, Arts Queensland, Creative Victoria and Department of Culture and the Arts with additional support from SBS NITV.
Image credit: Mark Gambino, © British Council
WASO announces Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Film Concert
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), in partnership with CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is bringing the Harry Potter Film Concert Series to Perth in 2017.
There will be two high-definition screenings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on 5 and 6 May 2017, with the musical score performed live by WASO. This score was composed by award-winning film composer and Oscar winner, John Williams.
Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series said the Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight fans around the world.
"It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen," Freer said.
The Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Film Concert will be held at the Riverside Theatre at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek.
Image credit: Courtesy of WASO
In A Dark Dark Wood
In A Dark Dark Wood, presented by Barking Gecko Theatre Company, is a magical fantasy that will bring Hansel and Gretel to a new generation in a strikingly original retelling of the Grimms' classic fairy tale.
Written by award winning playwright Caleb Lewis, In A Dark Dark Wood will have its world premiere on 23 September 2016 at the Dolphin Theatre UWA. 
With spooky puppets, magical animals and fast paced storytelling, this theatre production will take audiences aged six and over through the dark, dark woods and safely home again. 
Barking Gecko Artistic Director Matt Edgerton said the story of Hansel and Gretel has been told over hundreds of years because it taps into the big questions and fears we have at every age.
"It's about belonging, abandonment, courage and love. We've taken the beating heart of this classic thriller and put it in the body of a brand new adventure," he said.
In A Dark Dark Wood is produced as part of Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s outer metro touring initiative. Click here to book your tickets or to find out more.
Image credit: Courtesy of Barking Gecko Theatre Company
Black Swan broadcast extends regional reach
Regional audiences will be able to enjoy the Black Swan State Theatre Company's upcoming production of Tartuffe The Hypocrite, thanks to a $181,486 Lotterywest grant.
Announcing the funding this week, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said it would enable Moliere's classic 17th century satire to be broadcasted live to regional audiences.
"Audiences will be able to watch the show at 11 regional performing arts centres and more than 100 community resource centres, or they can view it at home through the Westlink TV on VAST Satellite TV Channel 602."
The Minister said a second Lotterywest grant of $20,000 would go towards a community history project to coincide with Black Swan's silver anniversary.
"This will help the company create a digital platform to capture stories that chronicle its strong contribution to WA over the past 25 years," he said.
The platform intends to link arts organisations and individuals from around the world, enabling them to share images, video and text, resulting in a digital archive of the company's history and achievements.
Image credit: Robert Frith
Museums Australia WA announces international speakers for State Conference 2016
Engaging your Community - New Times, New Strategies
The Museums Australia WA's (MAWA) State Conference 2016 will be held at the Perth Cultural Centre from 12-14 October 2016.
The theme of the conference will be engaging communities and exploring creative approaches to planning, working with communities and activating museums in innovative ways. 
The conference will include leading international key note speakers from the UK and US, including Dustin Growick from Museum Hack NYC, and special guest speakers Elizabeth Merritt from the Centre for the Future of Museums, and Tony Butler from Derby Museums Trust.
Soula Veyradier, MAWA President, said the three international leaders of such note is a credit to MAWA and offers a great opportunity to inspire Australian museums and provide professional development for the wider arts sector.
"We're delighted to be able to deliver a world class programme for the museum and cultural sector in WA," she said.
This year, the main conference will be preceded by a Local Government Day on 12 October. This particular day will focus on the challenges and successes of museums operating within a local government framework and museums working in partnership with local government.
The conference will also feature plenty of networking and event opportunities, including a welcome cocktail party and conference dinner.
Registrations to the conference are now open and will close on 8 October 2016. Click here for more information.
This conference is supported by Lotterywest, Department of Culture and the Arts, State Library of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum.
Image credit: Courtesy of Museums Australia WA
2016 Hedland Art Awards - Winners Announced
Port Hedland-based artist, Nyapuru William Gardiner has taken out the Hedland Art Award's top prize, with his painting Disco Cowboy
The judges of the prestigious prize comprised Aboriginal research leader Tim Acker, artist and academic Thea Costantino, and Netherlands-based multi-media artist Pilar Mata Dupont. The judges said that Gardiner has an ability to tell a story through his work.
"Disco Cowboy demonstrates an original approach to subject matter, playful approach and formal and technical sophistication. The layered narrative is accessible to a broad audience," the judges said.
This year, 70 works were selected for exhibition from more than 150 entries, of which 44 finalists were from the Pilbara and three winners were from Port Hedland. Click here to view the full list of winners.
Image credit: Courtesy of FORM
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