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.

Scott Elstermann

Grant: Arts U-15k

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

Elstermann is the youngest international artist to receive the Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography.

His new work 'Petrushka', to be presented in 2021, will reimagine the traditional ballet narrative by Sergei Diaghilev and be performed by Katherine Gurr, David Mack, Tyrone Robinson and Zoe Wozniak.

Scott Elstermann
Photo: Lilly King and Scott Elstermann in Colossus by Stephanie Lake Company at Perth Festival, Perth; February, 2020. Photo by Jessica Wyld.

Ian de Souza

Grant: Arts U-15k

Ian de Souza is developing new online instructional video content, Beyond the Line #1 (Interpreting the Human Figure) and Beyond the Line #2 (Watercolour in Isolation) in his Fremantle studio.

Another set of mini-tutorials entitled Plus 5, emphasizing the five fundamental points of drawing, will also be developed and freely available on the artist’s YouTube channel.

Ian de Souza
Photo: Ian de Souza demonstrating to workshop participants, Beyond the Line online video workshop series, Fremantle August 2020. Photo by Brenden Hutchens VAMMEDIA.

Felicity Peters

Grant: Arts U-15k

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.

Felicity will showcase this new body of works at a solo show “The Sadness of the Chairs” at Gallows Gallery in November 2020.

In early 2021, the collection will also contribute to an exhibition being planned for April 2021 at the Stanley Street gallery, Sydney.

Felicity Peters
Photo: Walnuts from Majdanek Poland, by Felicity Peters, for solo show The sadness of the chairs, at Gallows Gallery Mosman Park Perth 5 November 2020. Photo by Yasmin Eghtesadi.

Dr Kelsey Ashe

Grant: Arts U-15k

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'. 

The group exhibition, to be held later in 2020 will showcase the work of critically engaged women chosen for their vanguard contributions in film, sound, installation, performance and print media influenced by Surrealism.  

Artists are asked to explore the concept of a ‘territory’ as a domain of the inner world; an ‘internal truth’ that reflects imaginings of the real world in an apocalyptic era.

Purification of Souls by Kelsey Ashe; Imaginary Territories, Fremantle 2020; Acrylic on Canvas 0.8m x 1.2m. Photography by Kelsey Ashe.
Photo: Kelsey Ashe, Belle Diver. Archival Photographic print.

Angus Dawson

Grant: Contemporary Music Fund

Producer/singer-songwriter, Angus Dawson is currently in the studio working on his debut album ‘Looking Over The Red Lights’, due out January 2021. 

Combining ambient electronic production with intricate song writing, the album examines escaping life’s repetitive stresses and concerns in simple, everyday moments. 

The lead single from the album features a music video from Korean animator/director Lokyu, set for release in December 2020.

Angus Dawson
Photo: Angus Dawson, 2020 promo photo, Looking Over The Red Lights, Perth, August 2020, Photo by James Killian.
Page reviewed 03 September 2020