The West Australian
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.