Community & Arts

Stark choices on arts funds, young ones’ skills

Arts funding was on the menu at a business breakfast co-sponsored by Business News and Screenwest this week, with panelist Ben Elton advocating development of a film studio in Perth to boost the sector.

Perth embraces festival season

Fringe World and Perth Festival may offer audiences a different range of artistic experiences, but both achieved strong growth in ticket and box office sales this year, according to recent reports.

Rio, FMG support indigenous children initiatives

Rio Tinto has backed a STEM initative in the Pilbara, while Fortescue Metals Group has thrown its support behind Ricky Grace's Girls Academy.

Box office booms at Fringe World

Box office sales at this year's Fringe World Festival were up by 15 per cent on 2018 figures, while 13 per cent more people attended ticketed events, according to a report released last night.

Lotterywest lifts retailer commissions

The 500 retail businesses that earned $63 million selling Lotterywest products last year can look forward to higher incomes after the state government agreed to increase their gross commission.

Hands up for volunteers

Corporate volunteering has the potential to benefit all parties involved, but making sure it is worthwhile takes careful planning.

Perth AI impact for kids in need

Machine learning is being used to develop a range of medical research advancements in WA, with diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder one example.

Healthway, Lotterywest lead drive for better health

WA’s government health promotion agency, Healthway, is poised to deliver more positive outcomes in the community following its 2018 merger with Lotterywest.

New art foundation tackles gender bias

When art adviser and private curator John Cruthers was asked what his mother, art collector Lady Sheila Cruthers, would think of him establishing the Sheila Foundation to promote women’s art, he said she would ask why it had taken him so long.

Indigenous scholarship to honour 40under40 winner

Five indigenous students are the inaugural recipients of the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship at Curtin University, with its patron, Western Australian governor Kim Beazley, officially launching the program at Government House.

Top marks for Perth Festival

This year's Perth Festival encouraged 7,300 tourists to visit Western Australia while box office sales increased 21 per cent from 2018, the festival’s impact report has shown.

Black Swan revises leadership plan

Black Swan State Theatre Company announced today its outgoing executive director Natalie Jenkins has already left the organisation while also disclosing her replacement, Danielle Norrish, may not hold the role permanently.

The Nature Conservancy wins backing for rivers project

Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation has pledged up to $2 million to The Nature Conservancy to undertake a series of activities to improve the Swan-Canning Estuary’s health, including the restoration of lost shellfish reefs.

The Last Great Hunt for global show

National awards and sparkling reviews are no novelty for small theatre company The Last Great Hunt.

Native title for most of WA's Kimberley

More than 34,000 square kilometres of Western Australia's Kimberley region will receive native title recognition by the Federal Court following three separate determinations this week.

WA winner in national women's biz awards

Managing director and founder of KAS Accounting Solutions Jodie Silvester has won the 2019 Telstra Australian business women’s small business award.

Central Park refurbishment confirmed

Central Park management has confirmed plans to refurbish the office tower's lobby and forecourt, and has said the integrity of Brian McKay's artworks will be maintained.

Call to open funding door for homeless

Service providers want immediate action from businesses and government to help people on the streets, who face a shortage of rentals and a lack of social housing.

Lotterywest picks supply contract winners

A Canadian company and a New South Wales business have been awarded a $26.9 million contract to manufacture and deliver lotto scratchcard tickets for Lotterywest.

Surprise leadership changes at Black Swan

Black Swan State Theatre Company announced late on Friday afternoon that executive director Natalie Jenkins would be leaving and recently appointed board member Danielle Norrish would take the role.

Call to give autism skills a chance

Autism advocates want businesses to rethink their notions of individuals on the spectrum.