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Di­vas for a cause

So­prano duo Di­vaLi­cious will host an ur­gent fundrais­ing con­cert for 22-month old Heidi-May with show-stop­ping songs and duets from the world of mu­si­cal the­atre, movies and opera cul­mi­nat­ing with a raf­fle, silent auc­tion and af­ter­noon tea. Heidi-May was re­cently di­ag­nosed with a rare dis­or­der (the first known in Aus­tralia) whereby her lower jaw does not grow and she there­fore can­not breathe or eat with­out the in­ter­ven­tion of tubes. Di­vali­cious so­pra­nos Fiona Cooper Smyth & Penny Shaw will be joined by mem­bers of WA Opera. It’s on Au­gust 13, at 3pm, at Christ Church Clare­mont. Book at try­book­ing.com/QXEV or tick­ets avail­able at the door.

Se­crets and slav­ery

Renowned WA artist and Ya­maji woman Julie Dowl­ing’s new ex­hi­bi­tion Yagu Gurl­barl (Big Se­cret) opened last night at the Ger­ald­ton Re­gional Art Gallery. This is Dowl­ing’s first solo show on Ya­maji coun­try and show­cases her new­est works while pre­sent­ing an ex­plo­ration into the com­pen­sa­tion for stolen wages and repa­ra­tions for slav­ery in indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. Yagu Gurl­barl is cu­rated by Ya­maji woman Char­maine Green and co­in­cides with a se­cond ex­hi­bi­tion, Peo­ple Like Us. For more in­for­ma­tion on both ex­hi­bi­tions, see art­gallery.cgg.wa.gov.au.

Pot­tery stu­dio cel­e­brates

For 60 years, Perth Stu­dio Pot­ters has been one of Perth’s most suc­cess­ful pot­tery stu­dios. It was started in 1957 at the sug­ges­tion of re­spected pot­ter Fran­cis Ko­tai, who was de­scribed as one of the lead­ing pot­ters of the post­war gen­er­a­tion. Fran­cis taught a group of stu­dents at Fremantle Tech­ni­cal Col­lege who held their first meet­ing of the Perth Pot­ters Club in July of that year. They were for­tu­nate to have ac­cess to a boat­shed in Dalkeith owned by artist Owen Garde. In 1963 they moved into their own premises in

Burt Street, Cottes­loe, and in 1997 changed the name to Perth Stu­dio Pot­ters. Perth Stu­dio Pot­ters’ new ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the 60th an­niver­sary, with dis­plays of work by the early pot­ters and work for sale by many cur­rent mem­bers. It opens this Fri­day be­fore con­tin­u­ing ev­ery Satur­day, from 10am-4pm, un­til Oc­to­ber 28.

Pic­ture cour­tesy of the artist.

Aunty Vi­o­let by Julie Dowl­ing is part of the Yagu Gurl­barl (Big Se­cret) ex­hi­bi­tion at Ger­ald­ton Re­gional Art Gallery.

Pot­tery by Vic­to­ria Malone.

Pic­ture: John Koh

Di­vali­cious: Penny Shaw & Fiona Cooper-Smyth.

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