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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

May 27, 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.

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Mater Dei College students, 2018

PALS program promotes reconciliation in WA classrooms

29 Oct 2020
Schools across Western Australia will continue to create projects next year that promote and advance reconciliation in their local community through the Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing (PALS) program.
Theatre audience

New exemptions introduced to continue WA’s strong recovery

19 Oct 2020
On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the State Government will extend Phase 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap but will now allow exemptions to the 2 square metre rule at selected venues to continue Western Australia's economic recovery and keep WA safe and strong.
COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor Phase 3

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – WA Phase 3 report out now

16 Oct 2020
The final report is now available, showing how Western Australian audiences felt in September 2020 about attending arts events again, compared to earlier in the year.
Safer WA for Children and Young People webpage on a laptop

Online resource ensuring a safer WA for children and young people

13 Oct 2020
An online resource providing the latest information on child safety for organisations and individuals has been launched by the State Government.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grant program to support connection to Country

12 Oct 2020
A grant program opening soon will support Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake trips to renew links between community, Country and culture.
East Pilbara Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of the Shire of East Pilbara.

Landmark project to map Pilbara’s Aboriginal art movement

8 Oct 2020
A new landmark project will map the Pilbara Aboriginal art movement for the first time, providing insight into the development of the region's unique Aboriginal art, artists and art centres.
‘Tiger Tale’ by Barrowland Ballet (Scotland), 2016 AWESOME Festival. Photo by James Campbell.

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program Collaboration category

1 Oct 2020
Applications are now open to the Collaboration category of the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
AOM Phase 3(2)

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – Phase 3 report out now

22 Sep 2020
National results from the third phase of the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor are now available.
Live audience

COVID Event Guidelines and Plans to enable for more events in WA

18 Sep 2020
Events of more than 500 people that require a local government authority approval will be supported with COVID Event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans to ensure more events are held in Western Australia.
Performers at the Nannup Music Festival 30th anniversary parade, 2019. Picture by Giselle Natassia.

Grant programs to reignite regional arts and cultural activity

16 Sep 2020
Regional Western Australia will become a hive of arts and cultural activity thanks to three grant programs opening this month, as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
A group of people outside of the new WA Museum

Aboriginal name for new WA Museum, ballot for tickets opens today

7 Sep 2020
The spectacular new WA Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre has added an Aboriginal name — WA Museum Boola Bardip. Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in Noongar language.
Children making puppets at Claremont Christmas Event, 2014. Facilitated by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Photo by Jessica Wyld

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

1 Sep 2020
Applications are now open to the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
Abstract painting

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts inquiry into Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions

31 Aug 2020
Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry.
Movie camera dolly on tracks

State Government issues casting call for film studio in Perth

19 Aug 2020
The State Government is seeking proposals from the private sector to build, locate and operate a screen production facility in Western Australia.
Old camera and photographs on a timber table

Western Australian filmmakers to bring our stories to life

18 Aug 2020
Applications opened today for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to access grants to make short films bringing stories from the State Library of Western Australia to life.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

Creative programmers sought for WA’s spectacular new Museum

13 Aug 2020
The State Government is calling for proposals from a range of businesses to deliver dynamic visitor experiences within the new Western Australian Museum.
2020 Awesome Festival: International Arts Festival for bright young things

2020 AWESOME Festival to delight young and old

12 Aug 2020
The AWESOME Arts Festival will once again delight audiences young and old, when it is presented at the Perth Cultural Centre during the next school holidays in spring.
Oil painting

DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program – coming soon

6 Aug 2020
The arts play a significant role in supporting communities to tackle disruption and re-establish local connection, strength and resilience beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perth Concert Hall during Storm. Image credit Brad Martin.

Massive $76 million recovery package to support culture and arts in WA

6 Aug 2020
Western Australia's iconic Perth Concert Hall is set to receive a $30 million upgrade and investment over the next three years as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan.
Colourful paint buckets

COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey – available now

4 Aug 2020
The department is conducting a targeted survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the creative industries in Western Australia.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

New Western Australian Museum to open on 21 November 2020

24 Jul 2020
The spectacular new Western Australian Museum will open in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday November 21, 2020 with a nine-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.
Audience Outlook Monitor: Phase Two July 2020

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor — Phase 2 report out now

22 Jul 2020
Results from the second phase of the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor are now available.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Major sport and entertainment events bring economic boost for WA

21 Jul 2020
Western Australians were treated to a choice of sport and entertainment events last week helping to stimulate the local economy.
Artist's impression of the Art Gallery of Western Australia rooftop.

Art Gallery rooftop project to feature giant Aboriginal artwork

20 Jul 2020
The State Government has today announced the successful contractor tasked with transforming the Art Gallery of WA's (AGWA) rooftop into a multi-use gallery space and rooftop venue over the next six months.
State Government support to culture and the arts during COVID-19. Information is included below.

State Government COVID-19 response $23.4 million for culture and the arts in Western Australia

8 Jul 2020
The State Government has responded to the needs of the culture and the arts sector in Western Australia, providing $23.4 million in funding and support as part of COVID-19 responses.
Silhouette photo of a young ballet dancer dressed in a long peach dress, pointe shoes with ribbons.

Big boost for WA arts, sport and community sectors seeking relief

6 Jul 2020
The State Government, through Lotterywest, has provided the biggest agenda of grants — in number and value-making up more than $47.5 million in crucial funding to the Western Australian community.
art gallery visitors looking at paintings

Relief fund to support galleries to bounce back

1 Jul 2020
A $195,000 relief fund will be available for eligible regional art galleries that had to cancel exhibitions and close their doors due to COVID-19.
Red dirt road in Western Australia

$1 million program to rekindle regional arts

1 Jul 2020
A new $1 million grant program will provide vital funding to support ongoing creative and cultural activity in Western Australia's regions.
WA Unlocked Perth at HBF Stadium 18 July 2020

Western Australia to host nation’s first post COVID-19 live music event

30 Jun 2020
Live music in Western Australia is officially back with the announcement that up to 4000 fans will be able to support popular local bands on Saturday July 18, the day WA celebrates the lifting of all COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
Outdoor movie set on the beach

Continued investment into regional film production

16 Jun 2020
Screen production in Western Australia's spectacular regions has received a $16 million investment over the next four years through the State Government.
Photo of a stack of website servers

Culture and the arts online grant system upgrades

11 Jun 2020
The DLGSC culture and the arts online grant system will undergo system maintenance and upgrades later this month. If you’re planning to apply for a grant, there are some important dates to remember.
View of the Albany Entertainment Centre exterior at dawn. Photo by Alison Paine.

The lights go up at Albany Entertainment Centre

10 Jun 2020
The Albany Entertainment Centre (AEC) will reopen to audiences on June 18 with the first of the Harbourside Concert Series, known locally as Harbourside.
An old model of a Radiola transistor radio

New platform promoting treasures from across WA goes live

10 Jun 2020
Collections WA is live.
State Records Office of Western Australia Retro Maps website Homepage image

Online resource brings past to the fore

8 Jun 2020
A new online resource has been released today that allows over 2000 historical survey plans of the Perth metropolitan area to be viewed and downloaded from a modern mapping interface.
Bungle Bungles rock formations in the Purnululu National Park, Kimberley

Sounds of the Kimberley heard around the world

3 Jun 2020
A compilation playlist produced on Country has been broadcast and streamed to over 20 countries around the world.
Aerial view of the Western Australian Museum from James Street.

New jobs on offer at the New Museum

3 Jun 2020
The New Museum for Western Australia is on track to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in November 2020, and there are up to 30 new permanent positions advertised for frontline Visitor Services staff, plus a pool of casual staff.
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