Show­ing off WA’s rich art tal­ents to the na­tion

The West Australian - - NEWS - An­nelies Gart­ner

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.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Aus­tralia Coun­cil for the Arts chair­man Ru­pert Myer and Chris­tine Simp­son Stokes.

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