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The department supports the culture and the arts sector in Western Australia — creating a vibrant, inclusive and connected WA community.

Our services focus on industry sustainability through the provision of funds, industry partnerships, regional programs and research for policy development and planning.

Our work enables the sector to increase public participation in the arts, which strengthens community connection across the State.

Arts U-15k

Sarah Elson

Sarah Elson’s exhibition 'Jewels of the Crown Land' is a showcase Indian Ocean Craft Triennial event at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
‘Juukan Tears’ by Melissa Cameron at the John Curtin Gallery as part of IOTA21; Bentley; September 2021. Photo by Melissa Cameron.

Melissa Cameron

'Juukan Tears' is local artist Melissa Cameron’s response to the shameful destruction of sacred sites and continued silencing of our First Nations People.

Toy Stories

'Toy Stories' brings together artists, hobbyists, regional museums, and community groups in a showcase of contemporary and historic handmade toys from Western Australia, from the early 1920s to today.
'Oblivion' by Elisa Markes-Young, Katharina Meister and Ruth Halbert at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery; Bunbury; August 2021. Photo by Christopher Young.


As part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, Elisa Markes-Young, Katharina Meister and Ruth Halbert will present Oblivion at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.
‘SS Best Australian’, by Susie Vickery, at ‘The Curious Five go Surfing’, IOTA21, Fremantle, September 2021. Photo by Christophe Canato.

Susie Vickery

'The Curious Five go Surfing' is a collaborative installation inspired by historical research, craft and fantasy by Susie Vickery at the Fremantle Arts Centre as part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial.
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.

Slow Burn, Together — Emma Fishwick

Choreographer Emma Fishwick’s ‘Slow Burn, Together’ challenges the audience’s expectation of a dance presentation.
Ian Wilkes with audience members in ‘Galup’ at Perth Festival, 2021. Photo by Dan Grant.

Galup — Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

‘Galup’ is an interactive walking performance on-Country that brings to life largely unknown histories of Lake Monger.
‘Structural Dependency’ by Brooke Leeder & Dancers, Perth Festival 2021, State Theatre Centre Perth, March 2021. Photo by Mitchell Aldridge.

Structural Dependency — Brooke Leeder & Dancers

The work explores the structure of choreography, and how its elements – movement, space, sound and the viewer — depend on one another.
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.

Hymns for End Times — Rachael Dease

Rachael Dease is an award-winning composer, musician, writer and director based in Perth.
Model: Lauren Hockridge. Hair and makeup: Lauren Hockridge. Styling by Bridget Hudson & Josephine DeBrito. Photo by Bridget Hudson.

Reign the Label

Reign the Label is a vibrant Perth-based fashion label known for its unique designs and impeccable craftsmanship.
‘Equations of a Falling Body’, performer Timothy Green, first stage development, State Theatre Centre of WA, July 2020, Photo by Emma Fishwick.

Laura Boynes

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

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

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’.
‘View from The Magpies Nest’, Breaksea, Albany, October 2020.  Photo by Rob Castiglione.


The innovative creative team at Breaksea collaborate with community participants to co-create community singing and story-telling performance works.
Baroque in the Ballroom, by Australian Baroque, Perth, October, 2020. Shows an aerial view of Bathers Beach and a historic building in Fremantle.

Penhale & Winter

Penhale & Winter have a strong interest in exploring the intersection of architecture and art and regularly participate in competitions.
A photo of artist Merrick Belyea in his studio in Fremantle.

Merrick Belyea

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.
A group of classical musicians on stage

Australian Baroque

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.
Two girls laying on a wooden floor.

Audioplay Australia Pty Ltd

The dynamic team at Audioplay create immersive digital experiences that allow kids to step into a story and physically play as a character.
Detail of Zoonoisis, Erin Coates, 2020, sculptural prop made of silicon and oystershell.

Erin Coates

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

Indian Ocean Craft Triennial

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.
Adrian Kelly, recording ‘Cry, Wolf!’ by Adrian Kelly at Crank Recording, Perth, WA; August 2020. Photo by Nik Babic.

Adrian Kelly

Prominent trumpeter and composer, Adrian Kelly, has been in the studio recording with his e-Quartet, AK4.
Scott Elstermann

Scott Elstermann

WA dancer and choreographer, Scott Elstermann continues to excite and inspire us with the development of a new contemporary dance work.
Ian de Souza

Ian de Souza

Ian de Souza is developing new online instructional video content.
Felicity Peters

Felicity Peters

Felicity Peters, renown Western Australian jeweller, artist and craftsperson was awarded funding to continue the research, development and exploration of designing and producing a collection of works utilising new processes and materials.
'Belle  Diver', by Kelsey Ashe, Archival Photographic Print.

Dr Kelsey Ashe

Dr Kelsey Ashe, curator and artist was awarded funding to nurture and support the creative development of new artworks for an upcoming exhibition, 'Imaginary Territories'.

Arts 15k-plus

Contemporary Music Fund

Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

A girl standing with a bucket of paint holding a paint brush looking into the camera in front of a mural being painted by other people.

Esperance Community Mural

Artist-in-residence George Domahidy worked with Esperance youth and their families to create a large-scale mural on the exterior of the Esperance Indoor Stadium.
A young child kneeling down on a wooden bridge looking at a painting positioned on the ground.

North Parmelia Project

Resident artist Kaitlyn Elsegood worked with the North Parmelia Primary School community, in celebration of 50th anniversary, to examine and identify significant aspects and people of Kwinana.
Two sculptors standing behind a sculptured sitting bench.

Merredin arts project

Artists Lewis Horne and Chloe Flockart worked with the Merredin community to explore angle grinding, welding and plasma cutting.
A group of young kids crawling into a cardboard tunnel.

Because of You...We Dance

This performance project was led by children aged 4 to 7 years old with a significant adult in their life.
A group of people both sitting on chairs and standing in front of a library of books.

African Cultural Pathways

Sisonke Msimang was ‘in residence’ with the Bridgepro Foundation at the Balga Recreation Centre.
A group of students and teachers holding some large sized puppets.

Marri Tree Nyitting Project

Perth Festival gifted Bassendean Primary School the Kaarak (Red Tailed Black Cockatoo) and Marri tree as totems to care for in 2017.
A group of young musicians performing on stage.

Broome original music showcase

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) musicians collaborated with local students to compose, arrange and perform original music at the Broome Civic Centre in August 2021.
A projection on a screen at night amongst building.s.

Habitats and Homes

Students from Fremantle Primary School, White Gum Valley Primary School and Hilton Primary School worked with artist-in-residence and WA Wildlife Native Arc to create imagery and sounds representing their ideas for the future.
A lady weaving a rug sitting on the desert.

Reclaim the Void

Recycled rag-rugs are being created by community participants during on Country camping trips and school workshops for Reclaim the Void.
Artist in residence Jacky Cheng, at 'TEND' exhibition opening,

The Junction Co.

'Grow' is a creative community engagement residency program consisting of cultural sharing, artmaking and up-skilling of regional migrant artists.

Regional and Remote Festivals Fund

The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program, delivered by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, with Royalties for Regions funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative

Page reviewed 14 February 2022