Showing off WA’s rich art talents to the nation
The Australia Council for the Arts wants WA artists and arts organisations to gain more visibility nationally and internationally.
For the first time in more than two years the board met in Perth this week.
While in WA, they had discussions with Minister for the Arts David Templeman, the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture and chairs of arts organisations, as well as major performing arts companies and local arts organisations.
“It’s a way of just being connected to a part of and not apart from the arts community of WA — it’s hugely valuable,” Australia Council for the Arts chairman Rupert Myer said.
“Of the peers that we have selected, 15 per cent have come from WA in assessing grant rounds.
“The success rate that WA has is above the national average, which means the quality of grants is evident across multiple arts forms.”
Mr Myer said the council saw Australia as a culturally ambitious nation and did not want WA to miss out on opportunities.
“Working with some of the local organisations and the WA Government, I think there will be ways that begin to emerge to ensure that happens,” he said.
“Frankly, the east coast is missing out. There’s some really great artists and art experiences that are not as well-known as they should be on the other side of the country.”
The meeting was hosted by board member Christine Simpson Stokes, who invited attendees to view parts of the Stokes art collection.
Mrs Simpson Stokes also arranged performances by WAAPA graduate and pianist Hannah Th’mg and three-time WAMI indigenous act of the year winners, singer Gina Williams and guitarist Guy Ghouse.
Australia Council for the Arts chairman Rupert Myer and Christine Simpson Stokes.