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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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Applications now open for small business assistance

Jan 19, 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.
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WA Museum Boola Bardip launches a sizzling holiday season... and a massive 2022!

Dec 14, 2021
Roaming with gigantic dinosaurs, journeying down a rabbit hole to Wonderland and travelling beyond the Milky Way will be some of the extraordinary experiences on offer at Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip in 2022.
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$30,000 available for artist-in-residence local government projects

Dec 6, 2021
The $5 million Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program is available for artist-in-residence projects. Projects must engage communities and are delivered with a local government, school or not-for-profit community organisations.
Perth Festival 11 February to 6 March 2022

Lotterywest’s $7.7 million wave of support for Perth Festival

Nov 23, 2021
The State Government, through Lotterywest, has set the stage for the 2022 Perth Festival, with significant funding for free community events and core program costs.
Artist impression of the AGWA Rooftop at night

Global call for new $2 million artwork installation

Nov 22, 2021
A new landmark artwork will be commissioned for the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) as part of the State Government's continued commitment to revitalising the Perth Cultural Centre.
A general exterior view of the WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip celebrates first birthday and 700,000 visitors

Nov 22, 2021
WA Museum Boola Bardip welcomed its 700,000th visitor this weekend, one year on since opening.
WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Tourism operators celebrated at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

Nov 15, 2021
Tourism business founder Troy Thomas was posthumously awarded the Sir David Brand Medal for Tourism at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards last night.
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It’s show time: bigger and better FRINGE returns to WA

Nov 10, 2021
The FRINGE WORLD Festival will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever, with the State Government providing a significant funding boost.
Artist impression of the rooftop venue with the city skyline

New Art Gallery of WA rooftop venue set to open with stunning views

Nov 4, 2021
The State Government's $10 million project to transform the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) rooftop is complete, with the 500-capacity multipurpose arts space and bar now Perth's biggest rooftop venue.
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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Kimberley to feature in Australian fashion campaign

Oct 13, 2021
Some of the State's most awe-inspiring locations will be showcased to millions of people around the world through a unique partnership between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia and Showroom X.
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Child Safeguarding Checklist

Oct 12, 2021
Organisations are reminded that a checklist for staff and volunteers working with children and young people has been developed.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

Sep 18, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.
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New laws pave the way for screen production facility management

Sep 3, 2021
New laws to create a statutory authority capable of managing all arts and cultural assets in Western Australia have passed the State Parliament.
WA Premier's Book Awards 2020 Winners Announced

Premier’s Book Award winners announced

Aug 26, 2021
Western Australian writer, activist and political analyst Sisonke Msimang, who is known for her works on race, gender and democracy, was last night awarded the $60,000 Western Australian Writer's Fellowship as part of the Premier's Book Awards.
A general exterior view of the WA Museum Boola Bardip

New board members appointed to Western Australian Museum

Aug 20, 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has welcomed the appointment of Melissa Parke as the new Chair of the WA Museum Board of Trustees.
Albany Artist and Creative Grid Mentee Chelsea Hopkins-Allan painting a larger than life Helena Gum Moth.

Grants programs promoting the arts in regional WA

Aug 17, 2021

LG Alert

Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning program closing soon.
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Broadened program supports more live ticketed events in WA

Aug 6, 2021
The State Government's successful risk-share program for the live performance industry has now reopened and includes a wider range of ticketed events.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grants program supporting connection to Country

Jul 23, 2021
Up to $25,000 for projects that strengthen intergenerational links.
Two Indian female dancers dressed in traditional costumes dancing on the bank of a river.

Grants programs supporting regional culture and arts

Jul 19, 2021
The State Government will open three culture and arts grants programs on July 27, 2021 as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP), providing a funding boost to regional Western Australia's vibrant culture and arts sector.
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Four regional artists receive sought-after fellowships

Jul 5, 2021
Each receive $50,000 over two years from the Regional Artist Fellowship program.
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West Australian Music appoints new CEO

Jun 30, 2021
The announcement of a new CEO at West Australian Music and an extension to the Contemporary Music Fund heralds an exciting new era for WA's vibrant contemporary music scene.
A stage setup for live performance.

New program to get the show back on the road

Jun 29, 2021
A new shared risk program to reactivate live performances and touring activity is opening soon, creating more opportunities for employment and venue activation in the arts industry, building on recent announcements about increased capacity limits for arts venues.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

Arts and Culture Trust Bill reintroduced

Jun 24, 2021
The Arts and Culture Trust Bill has been reintroduced to State Parliament.
FRINGE Central. Photo: Cam Campbell

Live events risk-share program expanded

Jun 22, 2021
The successful Getting the Show back on the Road risk-share program has been expanded.
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Recipients of the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative 2021

Jun 18, 2021
Now in its second year, INSPIRE offers five emerging or established Western Australian writers $5000 each and a residency for up to 15 days in a National Trust heritage place.
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2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

Jun 17, 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
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Lights, camera, action for South West CinefestOZ festival funding

Jun 14, 2021
More than 2000 visitors are expected to join the excitement of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival when it kicks off in the South West from 25 to 29 August.
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WA dance company recognised on national stage

Jun 11, 2021
WA Aboriginal arts organisation Marrugeku has been recognised for its significant contribution to the performing arts as a new entrant in the National Performing Arts Partnership (NPAP).
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

WA Museum Boola Bardip wins three major national industry awards

Jun 10, 2021
Western Australia's stunning new public museum, the WA Museum Boola Bardip, has been awarded three prestigious MAGNAs (Museums and Galleries National Awards) at the sector's annual awards event in Canberra last night.
Interior of an art gallery with displays of art pieces.

Funding available for upgrades to regional galleries

Jun 3, 2021
Public galleries in regional Western Australia can apply for funding from $2500 to $50,000 for minor or major scale upgrades and support through the Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
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Shows on the Go program to continue bringing theatre to regional audiences

Jun 2, 2021
The successful Shows on the Go program will continue into 2023 thanks to an $860,000 funding commitment over two years from the State Government.

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

May 25, 2021
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.
The Alternative Archive exhibition

The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices

May 14, 2021
Diverse artistic voices from across the State are being celebrated with the opening of The Alternative Archive survey exhibition in Perth.
Innovation Vouchers Program 2021

Call out to the creative industries – Innovation Vouchers now available

May 3, 2021
The Innovation Vouchers Program 2021 assists start-ups and small businesses (including the creative industries) to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.
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Limitations during State of Emergency

Apr 29, 2021
Although we are fortunate to be in a period of recovery, we take this opportunity to remind everyone that WA remains in a State of Emergency.

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