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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.