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.

We Must Get Together Sometime

Grant: Regional and Remote Festivals Fund

'We Must Get Together Sometime' is an artists’ collective committed to slow art making, through active long-term creative engagements with non-urban spaces.

Part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, events include a self-titled multi-venue exhibition of artworks, educational workshops and cultural events at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM), Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (ManPAC) and the Mandurah Arts Festival. 

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

Photo: Top image: ‘We Must Get Together Some Time’ by Nien Schwarz, Mandurah; October 2021. Photo by Nien Schwarz. Bottom image: 'Work of the World' by Nandi Chinna and Annette Nykiel at 'We Must Get Together Some Time' Artist Retreat, Broke Inlet; April 2021. Photo by Annette Nykiel.

The Junction Co.

Grant: Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

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

Led by Sultana Shamshi, Megan Kirwan-Ward and Jacky Cheng, the exhibition 'TEND - earth, water, links' showcases the outcomes of the residency program and is The Junction Co.’s project for the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial.

'TEND - earth, water, links' is on display at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery+Studio through to October 2021. 

The Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program is supported by Lotterywest.

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

Artist in residence Jacky Cheng, at 'TEND' exhibition opening, Megan Kirwan-Ward with workshop participants.
Photo: Top image: Artist in residence Jacky Cheng, at 'TEND' exhibition opening, Courthouse Gallery+Studio; Port Hedland; September, 2021. Photo by Caitlin Dominey. Bottom image: Megan Kirwan-Ward with workshop participants, at Hedland Well Women's Centre; South Hedland; September, 2021. Photo by Amelia Blanco.

Sarah Elson

Grant: Arts U-15k

Sarah Elson’s exhibition 'Jewels of the Crown Land' is a showcase Indian Ocean Craft Triennial event at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Sarah is a visual artist who uses traditional metalsmithing and fine casting techniques to create intricate metal sculptures from flower parts using recycled metals.

Her works highlight the contradictory fragility and resilience of threatened native flora, the colonising behaviour of ‘ownership’ versus ‘custodianship’ and the modern dilemma of ‘belonging’.  

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

Photo: Both images: ‘Jewels of the Crown Land’, Sarah Elson, IOTA21, Fremantle Arts Centre September 2021, Photo by Eva Fernandez.

Melissa Cameron

Grant: Arts U-15k

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

Her work, displayed at John Curtin Gallery as part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, consists of two powerful steel wall hangings created from a demolished shed. 

The depiction of the Rio Tinto headquarters in one and a chain link of tears in the other also conceal a coded message that reads “46,000 year old Juukan shelters destroyed for iron ore”. 

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

‘Juukan Tears’ by Melissa Cameron at the John Curtin Gallery as part of IOTA21; Bentley; September 2021. Photo by Melissa Cameron.
Photo: ‘Juukan Tears’ by Melissa Cameron at the John Curtin Gallery as part of IOTA21; Bentley; September 2021. Photo by Melissa Cameron.

Toy Stories

Grant: Arts U-15k

'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.

The exhibition presents local craft, social history, contemporary art, and childhood experiences of past and current generations. It celebrates the imagination and creativity of hobbyist toymakers and professional artists alike: their optimism, humour, and unstoppable urge to play. 

'Toy Stories' is curated by Sarah Toohey and can be seen at the Midland Junction Art Centre as part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. 

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

Tibetan Horse, by Susie Vickery, at Toy Stories, Midland Junction Arts Centre;  Perth; November 2021. Photo by Acorn Studio
Photo: Top image: ‘Rup 1234’, by Theo Koning, at ‘Toy Stories’, Midland Junction Arts Centre; Perth; November 2021. Photo by Acorn Studio. Bottom image: 'Tibetan Horse', by Susie Vickery, at Toy Stories, Midland Junction Arts Centre; Perth; November 2021. Photo by Acorn Studio.

Oblivion

Grant: Arts U-15k

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.

The three artists create works addressing the migrant experience, fears of impending ecological and societal collapse, and the impacts of colonisation within our complex digital lives. 

Their solution is to respond using craft and the handmade. Together they offer fresh, empathetic and engaging perspectives on complex issues. 

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

'Oblivion' by Elisa Markes-Young, Katharina Meister and Ruth Halbert at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery; Bunbury; August 2021. Photo by Christopher Young. 'Oblivion' by Elisa Markes-Young, Katharina Meister and Ruth Halbert at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery; Bunbury; August 2021. Photo by Christopher Young.
Photo: 'Oblivion' by Elisa Markes-Young, Katharina Meister and Ruth Halbert at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery; Bunbury; August 2021. Photo by Christopher Young.

Amy Perejuan-Capone

Grant: Arts 15k-plus

Amy Perejuan-Capone’s ambitious solo exhibition 'Sky Cave' will be staged in the cavernous central galleries of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and is part of the inaugural Indian Ocean Craft Triennial.

The work is about the glowing space between realms, the halo of contradictions we inhabit in delicate suspension.

The focus is on the artist's family's pioneering history of hang-gliding and includes a video work filmed at WA's hard border, a grand installation of historical hang gliders, and intricate sculptural artworks. 

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

Four hang gliders on a sandy road
Photo: Top image: 'Parenthesis 1 (Four Movements at the Hard Border)', digital film still, by Amy Perejuan-Capone, at Sky Cave; Perth; October 2021. Photo by the artist. Bottom image: 8mm film still (Phoenix in flight, 1980), by Christine Joy Perejuan, at Sky Cave; Perth; October, 2021. Photo courtesy of Greg Perejuan and Amy Perejuan-Capone

Mundaring Arts Centre

Grant: Arts 15k-plus

Nalda Searles’ solo exhibition, 'Finders Keepers', is showing at the Mundaring Arts Centre as part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. 

The exhibition combines historical and new artworks, sourced from major art collections and the artist’s own studio. 

Nalda is best known for her unique sculptural practice which connects strongly to the histories of regional WA and includes long term engagement with remote Indigenous communities.  

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

‘GRRR’, rubber doll body and animal head (both found on roadside, 1990s), Xanthorrhoea bracts, acrylic medium, 16 x 11 x 11 cm. On loan Anne M Brody Collection, Perth. Artist: Nalda Searles. Photographer Rebecca Mansell. 'Kangaroo Couple', 1995-2008, wollen gown, plant dyed silk, Xanthorrhea bracts, silk strings, common fodder, cotton mannequins. On loan Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth. Artist: Nalda Searles. Photographer: Rebecca Mansell.
Photo: Top image: ‘GRRR’, rubber doll body and animal head (both found on roadside, 1990s), Xanthorrhoea bracts, acrylic medium, 16 x 11 x 11 cm. On loan Anne M Brody Collection, Perth. Artist: Nalda Searles. Photographer Rebecca Mansell. Bottom image: 'Kangaroo Couple', 1995-2008, wollen gown, plant dyed silk, Xanthorrhea bracts, silk strings, common fodder, cotton mannequins. On loan Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth. Artist: Nalda Searles. Photographer: Rebecca Mansell.

Indian Ocean Triennial 2021 (IOTA21)

Grant: Arts 15k-plus

The Indian Ocean Triennial 2021 (IOTA21) is a festival celebrating craft in Perth and various regional WA venues.

Based on the theme of ‘Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday’, IOTA21 will take place from September to November.

The principal exhibitions, held at the Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery, are also accompanied by a conference, fashion event and a festival, including 50+ additional exhibitions, workshops and events around WA.

IOTA21 exhibitions showcase exemplary and ambitious craft works by international, national and local artists. 

The Indian Ocean Triennial 2021 has been funded by both Arts U-15k and Arts 15k-plus funding programs.

A member of Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya performing a classical Indian Dance at the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial opening celebrations at Fremantle Arts Centre (17 Sep 2021). Photography by Pixel Poetry.
Photo: A member of Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya performing a classical Indian Dance at the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial opening celebrations at Fremantle Arts Centre (17 Sep 2021). Photography by Pixel Poetry.

Susie Vickery

Grant: Arts U-15k

'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.

The exhibition will connect historical characters across the Indian Ocean, examining their gendered life choices and our recent effects on the environment. Visitors will enter an indigo-printed ocean filled with puppets and appliquéd embroideries. 

Visit the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial website.

‘SS Best Australian’, by Susie Vickery, at ‘The Curious Five go Surfing’, IOTA21, Fremantle, September 2021. Photo by Christophe Canato. 'The State of Our Oceans' by Bappaditya Biswas & Susie Vickery; at 'The Curious Five go Surfing', IOTA21; Fremantle, September 2021. Photo by Christophe Canato.
Photo: Top image: ‘SS Best Australian’, by Susie Vickery, at ‘The Curious Five go Surfing’, IOTA21, Fremantle, September 2021. Photo by Christophe Canato. Bottom image: 'The State of Our Oceans' by Bappaditya Biswas & Susie Vickery; at 'The Curious Five go Surfing', IOTA21; Fremantle, September 2021. Photo by Christophe Canato.

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.
Page reviewed 21 June 2021