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Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Oct 26, 2021
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong public support for the value of the State’s arts and culture activities.

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Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book

Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book launched

23 Jun 2022
An award winning early years literacy program has been expanded to include the Noongar language, with the launch of the first dual language Baby Ways book.
Nurses and patients sitting on a hospital bed and standing next to it

Heartwarming WA documentary series, Children’s Hospital now airing on Channel Nine

22 Jun 2022
New Western Australian documentary series Children's Hospital made its television premiere on Channel 9 on 17 June at 7.30pm.
Various books stacked on a table for display

Western Australia Premier’s Book Awards winners announced

17 Jun 2022
The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards winners have been announced during a ceremony at the State Library of Western Australia.
Zoe Pepper and Cody Greenwood

$750,000 to bring WA writer/director’s film Birthright to big screen

15 Jun 2022
Two Western Australian women have been awarded the coveted $750,000 West Coast Visions 2022 production grant to produce the debut feature film Birthright.
Different objects (such as animals and a gramophone) from museums on a yellow background with the words, 'Uncover WA's surprising collections on your next adventure'

Step right in, WAnderland is waiting

15 Jun 2022
For the first time, thousands of rare and remarkable items in museums, cultural centres and private collections across Western Australia have been brought together in a new online portal.
A cork board with photos, Swan Lager coaster, old letters and a drawing

WA Reflections is back for season two

10 Jun 2022
After a successful debut season, the State Library of Western Australia and Screenwest are partnering to produce season two of 'WA Reflections — Our History Rediscovered'.
A man wearing a cowboy-style hat in front of a petrol station browser and a billboard reading, 'Mystery Road'

Detective Jay Swan to return to our screens with Mystery Road: Origin premiering on ABC TV

7 Jun 2022
The third instalment of the much-anticipated series — Mystery Road: Origin — is set to premiere on ABC TV at 8.30pm on Sunday 3 July, with all six episodes available to binge watch on ABC iview.
Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week street banners have rolled out across WA

27 May 2022
The Reconciliation Week Street Banner project is in its 11th year with a record number of banners flying across prominent locations in regional and metro Western Australia.
Illustration of positive and diverse Aboriginal people. Be Brave. Make Change. National Reconciliation Week 2022.

National Reconciliation Week kicks off in WA

27 May 2022
The State Government is proud to join this year's National Reconciliation Week, challenging all Western Australians to consider the 2022 theme of 'Be Brave. Make Change'.
Stars of Kid Snow - Billy Howle, Phoebe Tonkin and Tom Bateman

UK actors in Kalgoorlie and Perth for first feature film production since WA border reopened

27 May 2022
Well-known UK actors have touched down in the Goldfields-Esperance region for the first feature film production in Western Australia since our border reopened, with production of Kid Snow made possible thanks to major investment from the State Government.
Close up photo of a microphone in a recording studio

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

24 May 2022
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
How to Please a Woman promotional poster showing a woman smiling with a man washing a wall with no shirt

WA feature film ‘How to Please a Woman’ hits cinemas nationally

20 May 2022
Western Australian writer/director Renée Webster and producers Tania Chambers and Judi Levine have premiered their locally produced feature film 'How to Please a Woman' in cinemas across Australia.
Cast of Shipwreck Hunters Australia standing around a round table with a map

WA Documentary series Shipwreck Hunters Australia to premiere on Disney+

20 May 2022
A documentary series featuring epic shipwreck stories along the Western Australian coastline will premiere on Disney plus in the coming months.
White text on red background reading, 'National Volunteer Week 2022 Better Together 16-22 May 2022'

National Volunteer Week underway for 2022

16 May 2022
Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteering, National Volunteer Week (16 to 22 May 2022), is underway for 2022.
An artists impression of the Perth Cultural Centre

Perth Cultural Centre Masterplan released

15 May 2022
The State Government has allocated an additional $15 million in funding to deliver an expanded redevelopment of the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC).
Montage of actors from the movie 'Where all the lights tend to go'

US feature film coming to WA for post-production

11 May 2022
The State Government's commitment to developing Western Australia's screen industry is supporting incredible productions being drawn to WA.
An empty directors chair and a clapper

Screen Industry Strategy to provide 10-year vision for development of WA Screen sector

10 May 2022
The development of a WA Screen Industry Strategy is getting underway to ensure Western Australia is best placed to grow and develop the film and screen sector over the coming decade.
Yagan Square is lit up at night

Music, markets and mini-museums to bring Yagan Square to life

10 May 2022
Yagan Square will come alive with activity across autumn and winter, with the launch of an exciting free events program at the precinct in the heart of the city.
A crane lifting a restored balcony on His Majesty's Theatre

Uplifting experience for His Majesty's Theatre

29 Apr 2022
The restoration of His Majesty’s Theatre reached another key stage on Saturday 23 April, with the installation of the first level of the iconic Perth landmark’s balconies to their original state.
Graphic with text: CenefestOZ Albany Film Festival 28 April to 1 May 2022

Albany audiences take their seats for expanded CinefestOZ

28 Apr 2022
CinefestOZ Albany will take place from 28 April to 1 May 2022, allowing Great Southern film lovers to experience and celebrate the very best in Australian film.
A close-up photo of audience members

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

27 Apr 2022
March 2022 results out now.
Two artists in costume in a field. Paul Foulds and Carl Heslop, The Beauty Index – Ravensthorpe, by Annette Carmichael Projects. Photo by Dene Bingham.

Seven home-grown productions hit the road to tour regional WA

17 Mar 2022
Seven locally produced shows, including a production of 'Sydney II — Lost and Found' by Theatre 180 Inc, will tour regional Western Australia thanks to a $514,000 State Government funding program.
Internal exhibition space at the Cannery Arts Centre in Esperance

Regional galleries welcome upgrades to support touring visual arts

15 Mar 2022
11 regional art galleries from Beverley to Port Hedland have been awarded $346,000 through the second round of the State Government's Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
Midsection of guitarist performing at a music concert

Getting the show back on the road for rescheduled events

15 Mar 2022
Western Australians can look forward to a series of rescheduled events thanks to the expansion of a popular State Government initiative.
Empty seats at Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia

Architect named for Perth Concert Hall redevelopment

10 Mar 2022
WITH Architecture Studio and OMA have been appointed as lead architects for the redevelopment of Western Australia's iconic Perth Concert Hall.
State Cultural Treasures Awards 2022

Prestigious WA arts and culture award calls for public nominations

8 Mar 2022
The State Government is proud to bestow the State Cultural Treasures Awards (formerly State Living Treasures) in 2022.
A group of people, including kids, holding shovels in an empty patch of dirt

Work begins on $5.9 million youth hub for Ellenbrook kids

25 Feb 2022
A sod turning today has marked the start of construction on a $5.9 million purpose-built youth centre to support young people in Ellenbrook.
Low angle view of illuminated disco ball at night

Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package

24 Feb 2022
The State Government has announced almost $67 million for a new COVID-19 Business Assistance Package for businesses adversely affected by increasing cases and the necessary implementation of Level 1 public health and social measures.
Illustration with animals and the words, Play, Watch, Play.

Literacy boost for Western Australia

17 Feb 2022
Public libraries and community organisations throughout Western Australia are invited to apply for grants to deliver new early literacy programs from a total funding pool worth $200,000.
Two female dancers performing in traditional clothing

$700,000 to improve social inclusion and access to arts and culture in regional communities

17 Feb 2022
Nine regional arts and cultural organisations have been funded by the Community Participation and Inclusion Program, which is part of the State Government's $20 million four-year Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
A speaker addressing workshop participants

Four regional shires funded to develop or implement creative and cultural plans

16 Feb 2022
The Shires of Pingelly, Harvey, Augusta-Margaret River and Morawa have each been awarded between $25,000 and $50,000 as part of the State Government's $20 million four-year Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
Smoking ceremony

Eight regional festivals to bring together communities across the State

16 Feb 2022
The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund offers up to $50,000 for the presentation of arts and cultural activities at regional festivals.
A group of children interacting with a puppet show

Arts program renews and strengthens local community connection

15 Feb 2022
10 regional and 3 metro artist-in-residence projects will receive grants through the State Government's $5 million Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
Two girls with headphones looking out of a blanket fort

Circus performers, visual artists, actors and filmmakers to shine thanks to State Government grants program

9 Feb 2022
A diverse array of artists, performers and creators have received grants worth up to $60,000 as part of the State Government's Arts 15k-plus initiative.
Midsection of guitarist performing at a music concert

State Government’s Contemporary Music Fund instrumental in artist success

9 Feb 2022
The State Government's Contemporary Music Fund (CMF) will support the production of debut EPs, an album and a series of live performances during 2022.
Low angle view of illuminated disco ball at night

Applications now open for small business assistance

19 Jan 2022
Applications for financial support are now open for specific businesses directly impacted by the necessary public health measures in Perth and Peel from 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022.
Page reviewed 10 June 2022