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Film and TV studio a step closer for Malaga METRONET station precinct

Nov 9, 2022
Western Australia's first dedicated screen production facility is a step closer — with detailed due diligence to commence on a 16-hectare site within the Malaga METRONET station precinct in Perth's north-east.

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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.
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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.
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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.
Rottnest Island Lighthouse on top of the steps from the beach.

State Government commences historic Rottnest Island Wadjemup Project

2 Jun 2020
A project to reconcile the history of Aboriginal people's imprisonment at Rottnest Island is one step closer, with the development of a cultural authority process to lead State-wide Aboriginal community engagement.
Illustration of stages along a road

Phase 3 of COVID-19 roadmap to commence from Saturday, June 6

2 Jun 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 3 of the roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions in WA, with significant changes coming into effect from Saturday, June 6.
The Pleasure Garden at Fringe World Festival. Photo by Court McAllister.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – WA results

27 May 2020
WA results from the Audience Outlook Monitor are available now, showing how Western Australian audiences feel about attending arts and culture events in the context of the COVID-19.
Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt and AGWA Foundation Chair, Warwick Hemsley in the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Support for WA artists through $1.5 million COVID support program

25 May 2020
The State Government has approved a $1.5 million support package, developed by the Art Gallery of Western Australia's Board and the Art Gallery's Foundation, to help Western Australian artists during the COVID-19 emergency.
Live audience

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

19 May 2020
Six government agencies are collaborating with researchers to track how Australian audiences feel about attending arts and culture events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Library of Western Australia building exterior

State Library reopens - Welcome home

18 May 2020
The State Library of Western Australia has today (May 18) reopened its doors to the public after being closed for 56 days.
Man sitting in a library

COVID-19 Easing of restrictions – Further information for Public Libraries

15 May 2020

LG Alert

The State Government has announced the easing of restrictions (phase 2) commencing Monday, 18 May 2020.
Library shelves

Local government sector urged to take leadership role

12 May 2020

LG Alert

The local government sector has a key role to play in the Phase 2 easing of restrictions and in helping communities get back on their feet and the economy back on track.
Abstract painting

Update on DLGSC culture and the arts grants due to COVID-19

5 May 2020
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is working on a range of options to assist arts and cultural organisations and independent artists dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
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Support for arts, sports and community organisations

24 Apr 2020
From Friday 24 April, until midnight Wednesday 13 May, organisations are able to apply for Lotterywest support through its COVID-19 Relief Fund involving the ‘Event Cancellation Relief and ‘Sector Support for Resilient Organisations’ short term grants programs.
Albany Artist and Creative Grid Mentee Chelsea Hopkins-Allan painting a larger than life Helena Gum Moth.

Funding to continue support for regional arts community

9 Apr 2020
The State Government will invest $2.1 million over the next three years to ensure the continuity of grant funding for regional organisations and individuals delivering arts and cultural activities in their communities.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, exterior

Cultural and art institutions

23 Mar 2020
At 12.00pm today, as part of a nationally consistent approach, all cultural and art institutions in Western Australia will close in the interests of public safety in response to COVID-19.
His Majesty's Theatre

New body to oversee WA's cultural assets

12 Mar 2020
The State Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to establish a new body to oversee Western Australia's theatre venues and other cultural assets.
Reconciliation Week artwork

Organisations encouraged to get involved in the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project

3 Mar 2020
To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, the department is coordinating the Street Banner Project across Western Australia.
Highway to Hell concert

High-voltage Highway to Hell finale closes epic Perth Festival season

29 Feb 2020
The finale of the 2020 Perth Festival will be held tomorrow (Sunday, March 1), on the 40th anniversary since original AC/DC front man Bon Scott was laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery, and event goers are invited to rock out to the once-in-a-generation event.

Arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern

24 Feb 2020
Government organisations and community will collaborate to develop an arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern region, thanks to a $50,000 investment from the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP).
Highway to Hell: Minister David Templeman and Minister Rita Saffioti with organisers of the Highway to Hell in front of a Transperth Bus

Hell’s Bell ready to ring in the world’s largest homage to AC/DC at Perth Festival’s closing event

21 Feb 2020
The stages are set and a Hell's Bell is set to ring in the world's largest homage to AC/DC's Bon Scott and his Western Australian links at Perth Festival's 2020 free public finale.
Group of children enjoying drama club rehearsal. Selective focus on drama teacher.

$1.6 million in funding towards mentally healthy arts programs

30 Jan 2020
The State Government will provide $1.6 million in the latest round of health grants to 15 arts organisations across the State to help promote mental health and wellbeing within annual arts programs.
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