Showcase

‘Showcase’ will profile the creativity, skill and talent of artists and arts organisations in Western Australia through media, social media platforms and outdoor screens across the city.

The department is responsible for developing and promoting culture and the arts in Western Australia.

We distribute grants and funding to support vibrant and sustainable arts, culture and creative industry sectors.

Funding provides artists, creatives, arts groups and organisations to undertake a range of projects and activities across multiple artforms, including events and festivals.

Artforms include performing arts, visual arts, community arts, design, literature and writing, interactive arts, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary.

Investment in arts and culture is essential to ensure Western Australians have ongoing access to arts and culture activities.

The department is promoting its successful grant and funding recipients through an ongoing promotional campaign called ‘Showcase’.

‘Showcase’ will profile the creativity, skill and talent of artists and arts organisations in Western Australia through media, social media platforms and outdoor screens across the city.

Western Australians are proud of their culture and the arts sector and through Showcase we hope they can continue to marvel at the creations made in WA.

Children of the Sea — Jay Emmanuel

Grant: Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative

Perth Festival Focus

Jay Emmanuel’s ‘Children of the Sea’ was developed after a two-year research project exploring children’s stories of escaping war, living in refugee camps and arriving in Australia.

Using humour and satire the theatre piece explores how children struggle with the ideas of home, adolescence and love as they navigate the absurdities of the adult world. 

‘Children of the Sea’ premiered at the 2021 Perth Festival by culturally and linguistically diverse young performers and a vocal ensemble led by singer-songwriter Kavisha Mazzella.  

It was co-produced by Performing Lines WA and Encounter with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. 

Cast of 'Children of the Sea' performing on stage Cast of 'Children of the Sea' performing on stage
Photo: Cast of 'Children of the Sea' by Jay Emmanuel. Produced by Performing Lines WA and presented by Perth Festival, March 2021. Photo by Dan Grant.

Slow Burn, Together — Emma Fishwick

Grant: Arts U-15k

Perth Festival Focus

Choreographer Emma Fishwick’s ‘Slow Burn, Together’ challenges the audience’s expectation of a dance presentation. 

The performance, with slow extended scenes that stretch images into events, explores the representation of women through the art world’s traditionally male gaze.  

‘Slow Burn, Together’ was presented by Performing Lines at the 2021 Perth Festival and was performed by Ella-Rose Trew, Francesca Fenton and an ensemble of 14 women. The creative development of this project was supported by a culture and the arts grant.

 

Ella-Rose Trew in ‘Slow Burn, Together’ by Emma Fishwick at Perth Festival, produced by Performing Lines WA, Perth, March 2021.  Photo by Emma Fishwick.
Photo: Ella-Rose Trew in ‘Slow Burn, Together’ by Emma Fishwick at Perth Festival, produced by Performing Lines WA, Perth, March 2021. Photo by Emma Fishwick.

Galup — Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Grant: Arts U-15k

Perth Festival Focus

‘Galup’ is an interactive walking performance on-Country that brings to life largely unknown histories of Lake Monger.  

Created by Ian and Poppy with an oral history from Elder Doolann Leisha Eatts, the work was presented during the 2021 Perth Festival.  

A culture and the arts grant is helping the creative team - guided by four Noongar Elders - to develop a virtual reality component using oral histories and storytelling to highlight the origins of ongoing injustices in Australia. 

 

Ian Wilkes with audience members in ‘Galup’ at Perth Festival, 2021. Photo by Dan Grant. Ian Wilkes with audience members in ‘Galup’ at Perth Festival, 2021. Photo by Dan Grant.
Photo: Ian Wilkes in ‘Galup’ by Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger with an oral history from Doolann Leisha Eatts, at Perth Festival, 2021. Photo by Dan Grant.

Black Brass — Mararo Wangai

Grant: Arts 15k-plus

Perth Festival Focus

‘Black Brass’ is a new theatre work celebrating stories of resilience and strength from Perth’s African communities. 

A culture and the arts grant supported creator Mararo Wangai to develop and refine the script, musical score and design elements with playwright Afeif Ismael, director Matt Edgerton, musician/composer Mahamudo Selimane and producers Performing Lines WA. 

‘Black Brass’ premiered at the 2021 Perth Festival. 

Mararo Wangai and Mahamudo Selimane in Black Brass by Mararo Wangai, produced by Performing Lines WA and presented by Perth Festival, March 2021. Photo by Christophe Canato.
Photo: Mararo Wangai and Mahamudo Selimane in ‘Black Brass’ by Mararo Wangai, produced by Performing Lines WA and presented by Perth Festival, March 2021. Photo by Christophe Canato.

Structural Dependency — Brooke Leeder & Dancers

Grant: Arts U-15k

Perth Festival Focus

‘Structural Dependency’ by Brooke Leeder & Dancers was recently presented by at the 2021 Perth Festival to critical acclaim. The work explores the structure of choreography, and how its elements – movement, space, sound and the viewer – depend on one another. 

Supported by a culture and the arts grant, ‘Structural Dependency’ was the first work performed by Brooke Leeder & Dancers in the large gallery space of PSAS in Fremantle in 2018.  

The collaborative performance showcases the skills of choreographer Brooke Leeder, sound designer and composer Louis Frere-Harvey, lighting designer Nemo Gandossini-Poirier and 11 WA contemporary dancers.

‘Structural Dependency’ by Brooke Leeder & Dancers, Perth Festival 2021, State Theatre Centre Perth, March 2021. Photo by Mitchell Aldridge. ‘Structural Dependency’ by Brooke Leeder & Dancers, Perth Festival 2021, State Theatre Centre Perth, March 2021. Photo by Mitchell Aldridge.
Photo: ‘Structural Dependency’ by Brooke Leeder & Dancers, Perth Festival 2021, State Theatre Centre Perth, March 2021. Photo by Mitchell Aldridge.

Whale Fall — The Kabuki Drop

Grant: Arts 15k-plus

Perth Festival Focus

‘Whale Fall’ by Ian Sinclair, recently presented at Perth Festival 2021, charts transition across generations, family dynamics, the human body and our ecological future.

Supported by a culture and the arts grant, the play merges writer Ian Sinclair’s poetic realism with Director Melissa Cantwell’s humanist style.  

‘Whale Fall’ was produced by West Australian theatre company The Kabuki Drop in partnership with the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Ashton Brady and Caitlin Beresford-Ord (L-R), in Whale Fall by Ian Sinclair and The Kabuki Drop at Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, February 2021. Photo by Daniel James Grant. Ashton Brady, in 'Whale Fall' by Ian Sinclair and The Kabuki Drop at Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, February 2021. Photo by Daniel James Grant.
Photo: Ashton Brady and Caitlin Beresford-Ord, in ‘Whale Fall’ by Ian Sinclair and The Kabuki Drop at Perth Festival, February 2021. Photo by Daniel James Grant.

Mama Stitch — Whiskey and Boots

Grant: Arts 15k-plus

Perth Festival Focus

‘Mama Stitch’ brings the stories of local community members and their mums to life through performance and music.

Developing this model of community-focused arts activity and bringing it to the Albany and Bunbury communities was initially supported by culture and the arts funding.

‘Mama Stitch’ was presented as part of the 2021 Perth Festival at the Midland Junction Arts Centre featuring stories about the mothers of Midland. 

Georgia King, Mark Storen in ‘Mama Stitch’ by Whiskey and Boots at Perth Festival, Midland Junction Arts Centre, February 2021. Photo by Fionn Mullholland.
Photo: Georgia King, Mark Storen in ‘Mama Stitch’ by Whiskey and Boots at Perth Festival, Midland Junction Arts Centre, February 2021. Photo by Fionn Mullholland.

Hymns for End Times — Rachael Dease

Grant: Arts U-15k

Perth Festival Focus

Rachael Dease is an award-winning composer, musician, writer and director based in Perth.  

With the support of a culture and the arts grant Rachael funded the production and promotion of an audio-visual documentary package for her live performance of ‘Hymns for End Times’ at the 2021 Perth Festival. 

‘Hymns for End Times’ was performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Voyces at His Majesty’s Theatre and presented in association with Tura New Music.

Mia Brine, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Voyces and Rachael Dease in ‘Hymns for End of Times’, by Rachael Dease at Perth Festival, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, February 2021. Mia Brine, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Voyces and Rachael Dease in ‘Hymns for End of Times’, by Rachael Dease at Perth Festival, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, February 2021.
Photo: Mia Brine, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Voyces and Rachael Dease in ‘Hymns for End of Times’, by Rachael Dease at Perth Festival, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, February 2021. Photo by Daniel Grant.

Craig Silvey

Grant: Arts 15k-plus

With support from an Arts 15k-plus grant and publisher Allen & Unwin, WA novelist and screenwriter Craig Silvey has published his third novel ‘Honeybee’.

Set in the south-metro suburbs of Perth, ‘Honeybee’ is about a young trans teenager, Sam Watson, who climbs over the rail of a traffic bridge late one night with the intention of ending her life. At the other end of the bridge stands an old man, Vic, who is smoking his last cigarette before ending his own struggle. 

Sam and Vic see each other across the void, and their fates are forever changed. ‘Honeybee’ is about the relationship that blooms between them, and their efforts to repair each other. ‘Honeybee’ is a life-affirming novel about the importance of support, community, love and understanding. 
Craig Silvey, holding a copy of ‘Honeybee’. Photo by Craig Silvey.
Photo: Craig Silvey, holding a copy of ‘Honeybee’. Photo by Craig Silvey.

Reign the Label

Grant: Arts U-15k

Reign the Label is a vibrant Perth-based fashion label known for its unique designs and impeccable craftsmanship. 

With the support of an Arts U-15k grant, Reign the Label held a show stopping launch event and runway  show in October 2020 to promote their pop-up store at Claremont  Quarter and the release of the new Spring/Summer collection. 

Their exciting journey continues with the impending launch of their Autumn/Winter 2021 collection  and a new retail opportunity at the Garden City Shopping Centre. 
Model: Lauren Hockridge. Hair and makeup: Lauren Hockridge. Styling by Bridget Hudson & Josephine DeBrito. Photo by Bridget Hudson. Model: Lauren Hockridge. Hair and makeup: Lauren Hockridge. Styling by Bridget Hudson & Josephine DeBrito. Photo by Bridget Hudson. Model: Lauren Hockridge. Hair and makeup: Lauren Hockridge. Styling by Bridget Hudson & Josephine DeBrito. Photo by Bridget Hudson.
Photo: Model: Lauren Hockridge. Hair and makeup: Lauren Hockridge. Styling by Bridget Hudson & Josephine DeBrito. Photo by Bridget Hudson.

Laura Boynes

Grant: Arts U-15k

WA dancer and choreographer Laura Boynes worked with a stellar creative ensemble in the development of a new dance work ‘Equations of a Falling Body’. 

The work explores human resilience in relation to current global events. 

Laura crafted the work with three WA dancers, composer Felicity Groom and sound designer Tristen Parr. 

This project is supported by the Arts U-15k program and a STRUT Dance SEED Residency.
‘Equations of a Falling Body’, performer Timothy Green, first stage development, State Theatre Centre of WA, July 2020, Photo by Emma Fishwick.
Photo: ‘Equations of a Falling Body’, performer Timothy Green, first stage development, State Theatre Centre of WA, July 2020, Photo by Emma Fishwick.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Grant: Arts U-15k

With the vital support of an Arts U-15k grant, WA artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is producing a significant body of new sculptural works, entitled ‘Peripheries’. 

The work explores perceptions of peripheral identities and spaces, impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

The body of work is being developed in parallel with Abdul-Rahman’s brother Abdul Abdullah, a Sydney-based artist with plans to exhibit the work in 2021 at Moore Contemporary gallery, Perth and Yavuz Gallery, Sydney. 

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah in his studio, Mundijong, August 2020. Photo by Anna Louise Richardson. Courtesy of Moore Contemporary.
Photo: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah in his studio, Mundijong, August 2020. Photo by Anna Louise Richardson. Courtesy of Moore Contemporary.

Breaksea

Grant: Arts U-15k

The innovative creative team at Breaksea collaborate with community participants to co-create community singing and story-telling performance works.  

Thanks to an Arts U-15k grant, their latest work ‘View from The Magpies Nest’ explores the notion that we all create a sense of identity and home from whatever scraps of culture we can access, however beautiful or broken. 
‘View from The Magpies Nest’, Breaksea, Albany, October 2020.  Photo by Rob Castiglione.
Photo: ‘View from The Magpies Nest’, Breaksea, Albany, October 2020. Photo by Rob Castiglione.

Penhale & Winter

Grant: Arts U-15k

Penhale & Winter have a strong interest in exploring the intersection of architecture and art and regularly participate in competitions. The Fremantle-based architectural studio recently won a national competition to design the Architectural Commission at the Powerhouse Museum. Thanks to an Arts U-15k grant they are currently working on a new proposal for the upcoming 2021 Fremantle Biennale. Baroque in the Ballroom, by Australian Baroque, Perth, October, 2020. Shows an aerial view of Bathers Beach and a historic building in Fremantle.
Photo: Limestone Circle, by Penhale & Winter (in collaboration with Kieran Murnan), at UNIT – Fremantle Biennale; Fremantle; November, 2019. Photo by Julian Croudace.

Merrick Belyea

Grant: Arts U-15k

Merrick Belyea recently received funding to present a new body of work at the WA Art Collective gallery in Perth. Certain works from this collection can still be viewed and purchased at the gallery. 

This project follows Merrick’s solo exhibition at May Space gallery, Sydney, that was only open to the public for one day before it was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A photo of artist Merrick Belyea in his studio in Fremantle.
Photo: Merrick Belyea, at studio; Fremantle; August, 2020. Photo by Art Collective WA.

Australian Baroque

Grant: Arts U-15k

Australian Baroque presented an imaginative and captivating program of instrumental and vocal works by Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann at the Government House Ballroom in November 2020. 

‘Baroque in the Ballroom’ will be available for streaming on the Australian Baroque website in January 2021.  

A group of classical musicians on stage
Photo: Baroque in the Ballroom, by Australian Baroque, Perth, October, 2020, Photographer: David Vincent Smith

Audioplay Australia Pty Ltd

Grant: Arts U-15k

The dynamic team at Audioplay create immersive digital experiences that allow kids to step into a story and physically play as a character. 

Audioplay recently received an Arts U-15K grant to share what they’ve learned about this emerging digital artform with leading WA theatre artists Tim Watts and Arielle Gray. Watts and Gray are the creative team behind the internationally successful, family-friendly theatre production, ‘New Owner’. 

The creative exploration between Audioplay and Gray and Watts will push the creative limits of the form, build the skills of the artists and lay the groundwork for a new series of immersive experiences for kids.

The Turners by Audioplay, 2020. Show two girls with headphones looking out of a inside cubby.
Photo: The Turners by Audioplay, 2020. Photo by Renee Zaffino-Little.

Delson Stokes

Grant: Contemporary Music Fund

Yabu Band’s Delson (Delly) and Boyd Stokes return to the studio after 8 years to record their latest five-song EP with the working title ‘Campfires’. 

Delly says of their new music, "In our culture, the job of a Songman is to make sense of everyday struggles and relate them to the Thoorgoorba - Law of Country and Mind or Law of Nature and what makes us human.  

“I want to activate that job in present day Australia. At this moment we are picking up the threads of our joint histories and beginning to stitch a healing blanket – for us all.  

“My lyrics and Boyd’s music, Yabu Band songs, are the songs to be sung while we make that blanket.” 

The band head back to Soundbaker Studio with Rob Agostini and will be releasing the recording later this year.

Delson Stokes at Soundbaker Recording Studio for the new Yabu Band EP, August 2020. Photo by Rob Agostini, Soundbaker Studios.
Photo: Delson Stokes at Soundbaker Recording Studio for the new Yabu Band EP, August 2020. Photo by Rob Agostini, Soundbaker Studios.

Erin Coates

Grant: Arts U-15k

'Alluvial Gold’ is an extraordinary multi-media project currently being developed by well-known visual artist Erin Coates.  

Erin takes aspects of the ecology of the Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan) as her starting point. 

“The transference of matter into and out of the river and subsequent impact on estuarine ecology informs my new artwork. 

“A key component of this project has been my collaboration with composer Stuart James and percussionist Louise Devenish, who are using my sculptural works as musical instruments to devise a new song cycle.” 

The solo exhibition by Erin is a part of her Tilt residency at Heathcote Cultural Precinct in late 2020. 

Detail of Zoonoisis, Erin Coates, 2020, sculptural prop made of silicon and oystershell.
Photo: Detail of Zoonoisis, Erin Coates, 2020, sculptural prop made of silicon and oystershell. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Indian Ocean Craft Triennial

Grant: Arts U-15k

Planned to be launched in Perth in September 2021, the inaugural Indian Ocean Craft Triennial is a multi-venue contemporary craft event across Western Australia.  

The theme ‘Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday’ promotes contemporary craft practice from artists/makers from the Indian Ocean rim (including Australia). 

The event is curated by Carola Akindele-Obe, Maggie Baxter, Chad Creighton, Jude van der Merwe, Qassim Saad. 

Jason Lim’s: Under the Shadow of the Banyan Tree, Jason Lim. Performance-Installation,ICA Singapore, 2018, 5 days durational performance.    Each day 6 hours non stop working with terracotta clay. Photograph: courtesy of the artist. Botanist and Ship, Susie Vickery, at Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist; Mundaring; September 2019. Photo by Susie Vickery.
Photo:
Top: Under the Shadow of the Banyan Tree, Jason Lim; Performance-Installation ICA Singapore, 2018. Day 4 of 5 days durational performance. Each day 6 hours non stop working with terracotta clay. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Bottom: Botanist and Ship, Susie Vickery, at Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist; Mundaring; September 2019. Photo by Susie Vickery.
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