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DCA grants boost arts development

24 Oct 2013

DCA acting Director General Alan Ferris said the latest round of Arts Development grants provided funding for a broad range of art forms including dance, performing arts, visual arts and craft, and writing.

“Arts Development grants are open to applicants working in all eligible art forms for projects involving exploring new ideas, developing new skills and creating new work or a fresh interpretation of existing material,” Mr Ferris said.

“The breadth of the grants in this category can be seen in the range of activities they support.”

Recipients in this round include artist David Carson who will work with the Dumbleyung community to create an art installation celebrating the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell‟s world water speed record.

Percussionists, The Sound Collectors, will commission, workshop and premiere two new works by West Australian composers during a two week residency at PICA.

Other recipients received funding to develop a large-scale installation and video exhibition for inclusion in the 2014 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, write a collection of poetry, and attend choreography residencies.

Mr Ferris said that in addition to the Arts Development grants the DCA has also provided more than $375,000 through its Annual Funding Program to support the annual activities of ten organisations delivering across a range of art forms.

“During 2012-13, DCA, through independent peer and expert panels, provided more than $6.8million in grants to 315 organisations, individuals and projects,” he said.

Arts Development grants


Pipe Organ Plus $16,830 - Pipe Organ Plus 2014 Concert Series - five concerts featuring pipe organ and guest artists.

Louise Devenish $9,667- The Sound Collectors are percussionists who will commission, workshop and premiere two new works by West Australian composers during a two week residency at PICA.


Rhiannon Newton $17,730 - Develop a new two part dance work called 'Bodied Assemblies' to be shown at the King Street Arts Centre.

Bianca Martin $25,852 - Second stage development on a multi-art form performance work with audience interaction called From Afar on a Hill.

Performing Lines Limited $8,281 - Auspiced for Ms Shona Erskine to undertake two choreographic residencies with Sue Healey to develop Ms Erskine‟s role in 'On View'.

Kynan Hughes $21,191 - Three-week creative development and research period to create and explore movement material around the concept of intimacy.

Performing Lines Limited (WA) $29,380 - Auspiced for Sue Peacock to re-mount and tour Reflect to Sydney for a five performance season in FORM Dance Projects‟ Dance Bites program 26 Feb - 1 March 2014.


Norman Jorgensen $30,000 - To write a book about the life of Jack Kelly, brother of the infamous Ned Kelly, who was a WA policeman and international circus star.

Michael William Robinson $25,000 - To write a collection of poems about homeless, marginalised and at risk young people in WA and the people and services that support them.

Annabel Duckworth-Smith $19,424 - To write the second draft of a novel with a contemporary, speculative fiction take on the 'epic quest novel'.

Visual Arts and Craft

Erin Coates $19,916 - Develop work for a major solo exhibition at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2014.

David Carson $24,600 - Develop an art installation with the Dumbleyung community to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Donald Campbell breaking the world water speed record.

Marianne Penberthy $16,762 - Develop a body of work from the collision between two ancient Korean and Japanese textile traditions and a contemporary regional West Australian textile aesthetic.

Felicity Peters $26,321 - Research and develop a range of small artistic objects and a new range of jewellery.

Njalikwa Chongwe t/a Zinongo Studio $22,000 - Travel to Zambia to research traditional pottery forms to influence the development of new directions in ceramics through his project 'Merging Culture'.

Guy Ben-Ary $25,500 - Research and develop the second and final stage of a project titled 'cellF' a futuristic self-portrait.

Oktachoron Pty Ltd $15,500 - Production and exhibition of „Concerning the 30th degree‟ a large-scale installation and video exhibition for inclusion in the 2014 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne.

Joshua Lloyd Webb $24,880 - Research, development and production of a new body of light and object based sculptural artworks.

Artlink Australia $15,000 - Support for two WA editors to co-guest edit the Artlink Indigenous publication.


Chris Van Tuinen $31,510 - Stage a production of the opera 'The Emperor of Atlantis' in an abandoned hospital in Menora, WA.

Gascoyne in May Inc $19,680 - Contract artists in residence to do a two-part intensive skills development training program with Gascoyne in May house troupe to enhance their performance capabilities.

Performing Lines Limited (WA) $29,768 - Auspiced for Sensorium Theatre to tour sensory theatre work 'Oddysea' to five different schools over ten weeks.

Humphrey Bower $ 9,930 - A creative development workshop for 'The Butterfly Man' focussing on the set design and its integration with the performance.


J. A. Mustard and C. Parrott $14,809 - Develop a multi-art form work using movement, fibre optic light arrays, video projection and large-scale two way mirrors.