‘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’.
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.
Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative
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.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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