Community & Arts

WASO strikes a chord with Goyder

Former Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder is set to take over the role of WA Symphony Orchestra chairman, succeeding Janet Holmes a Court who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past 20 years.

NSW artist wins $50,000 sculpture prize

Coinciding with the launch of Cottesloe’s 14th Sculpture by the Sea, Rio Tinto has awarded its prestigious $50,000 Sculpture Award to NSW artist Harrie Fasher, with two Western Australian artists also claiming prizes for their seaside works.

Amana delivers on arts for elderly

Amana Living has teamed up with a number of local arts organisations to deliver a new arts festival, designed specifically for seniors.

Arts groups align for disability

Julia Hales is a pioneer for the state’s arts and disability community, as shown by the fact she has brought together three of the state’s key arts organisations to co-produce her latest play at the State Theatre.

Fringe World sales stabilise

The 2018 Fringe World Festival has matched last year’s $10 million in box office sales, levelling out after years of successive growth.

Nicola Forrest takes stage at Black Swan

Black Swan State Theatre Company has today announced chairman Mark Barnaba will stand down in April to be succeeded by current board member and Minderoo Foundation chief executive, Nicola Forrest.

Variety Bash takes hits, drives on

The Variety Bash has defied the odds and reached a major milestone, and its organisers say there’s plenty of road yet to travel.

Club Swizzle wows Fringe crowds

PHOTO ESSAY: If Fringe World had a headline act, Club Swizzle would likely be it.

Yeoman writes fresh festival

This year marks a changing of the guard at the Perth Writers Festival, with Katherine Dorrington stepping down as program manager and The West Australian’s literary editor, William Yeoman, stepping in to curate the festival in a guest capacity.

CEO lunch with Jody Nunn

Working under strong, effective leaders has had a profound impact on the career of AICD state manager, WA Jody Nunn.

Books aren’t back, they never left

WA book publishers, retailers and authors have adapted to the threat of digital disruption and shown there’s plenty of life in the business model.

Ballet dances Dreamtime

Collaboration is key for the launch of the West Australian Ballet’s 2018 season, as ballerinas and indigenous dancers come together to perform the contemporary work Milnjiya, while opera singer Deborah Cheetham provides support with a score of traditional indigenous sounds.

Institute launched for Aboriginal leadership

The 2016 Aboriginal Western Australian of the Year, Rishelle Hume, has today launched a new not-for-profit organisation with Robyn Smith-Walley that aims to overcome Aboriginal disadvantage.

Lotterywest fuels arts

Lotterywest has increased funding for Fringe World Festival and Sculpture by the Sea, committing $1.9 million to the month-long arts festival and $77,000 across a three-year partnership with the coast

Local landord lends hand

Not-for-profit organisation Dress for Success has secured a new six-month tenancy in West Perth, donated by local landlord Robert Harold McComb, via a listing with JLL.

Fringe focused on value for money

City of Perth and Woodside are upping their input into Fringe World Festival this year as the arts event expands with new locations and online activity.

Construction at new museum under way

The state government has signed the stage two agreement for Western Australia’s new $428 million museum with managing contractor Multiplex, construction of which is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

Dolphins dive for mental health

Backed by South32 and Deloitte, brightly coloured sculptures of dolphins have begun cropping up across the streets of Perth as part of a public art exhibition for mental health.

Fremantle finds its roots with local artists

David Spencer was selected alongside popular local artist Anya Brock last year to the role of brand ambassador for Sirona Capital’s King’s Square project in Fremantle.

Royal Flying Doctor Service's reputation soars

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has been ranked the most trusted charity for the seventh year running in the Charity Reputation Index for 2017, followed by St John Ambulance and CareFlight.

Creative collective driving change

The newly formed Perth Arts Leaders Collective has an ambitious goal to transform tourism in Western Australia while simultaneously lifting the profile of the state’s artists and creative community.