August, Calendar, Photography, September, Visual arts

Photography: The Iris Award: finalist exhibition, opening & winner announcement

Exhibition opens 31 August 2017, 6.30PM @ Perth Centre for Photography – 388 Hay Street Subiaco.
All welcome, free admission.

The IRIS Award is an international prize recognising new and outstanding portraiture in photographic art.


Photo: Chris Bowes. ‘First Impression’, 2016 IRIS Award winner.

Matthew Abbott
Aaron Bradbrook
Darcy Burns
Daniel Bushaway
Su Cassiano
Eleanor Cox
Robyn Daly
Ebony Dennis
Ebony Finck
Amy Gubana
Hannan Jones
Georgia Hanson
Lachlan Jennings
Dom Krapski
Helga Leunig
Jon Lewis
Olive Lipscombe
Gabriella Lo Presti
Jordan Madge
Maria Cecilia Maglinao
Zelko Nedic
Andrew Nicholls
Tajette O’Halloran
Tim Palman
Emma Perry
Zorica Purlija
Tristan Stil
David Symons
Nina-Marie Thomas
Fiona Wolf-Symeonides

A big thank you to all those who entered the IRIS Award and to the 2017 judging panel:

Michelle Dunn Marsh
Executive Director at the Photographic Centre North West Seattle, Washington, USA –

Katrin Koenning
Award winning photographic Artist, Victoria, Australia

Emily Hornum
Interdisciplinary photography, new media and installation artist, Western Australia

Winners announced on opening night.

Exhibition Opening | Thursday August 31, 6.30pm
388 Hay Street Subiaco

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August, Calendar, Visual arts

Visual art: Illustrated Lecture with Anna Davis

30 August, 6pm @ Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Join curator of ‘Energies: Haines & Hinterding’, Anna Davis for a illustrated lecture as she discusses her curatorial practice and key exhibitions at the MCA over the past seven years.

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Standard: $15 | Members/Concession: $10

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Top: David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, ‘Geology’, 2015. Installation view, Energies: Haines & Hinterding, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney © the artist. Photo: Christopher Snee.

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August, Calendar, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday

25 & 26 August @ Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
By Roslyn Oades & collaborators, presented by Performing Lines.

Hello Goodbye & Happy Birthday is the celebration of two epic birthdays – Eighteen and eighty – major milestones in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, the accumulation of a lifetime of experiences – the aspirations, fears and memories. Scripted from intimate real-life conversations with people experiencing these milestone birthdays, Hello Goodbye & Happy Birthday is an unforgettable performance giving the audience an ability to eavesdrop on those figuring out where to begin and those wondering out how to say goodbye.

Playful and affecting in equal measure, this show sees Oades continue her ground-breaking ‘headphone verbatim’ documentary theatre technique, to create extraordinarily immediate and vivid performances.

Hello Goodbye & Happy Birthday is touring nationally until 2 September.

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August, Calendar, Classical music, Music, Performing arts

Music: Asher Fisch conducts Mozart & Mahler

25 August, 26 August @ Perth Concert Hall
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

A titanic struggle with the forces of fate.

Conceived on a gigantic scale, Mahler’s Sixth is a symphony of extreme expressive intensity, demanding enormous interpretive commitment from both conductor and orchestra. Its legendary hammer blows are moments of raw brutality: theatrically exhilarating but emotionally devastating. Sonically spectacular and vividly imaginative, this is one of Mahler’s most awe-inspiring creations.
To open this concert, Japanese-born American violinist Karen Gomyo offers a sophisticated entrée – Mozart’s exquisite Third Violin Concerto.

“★★★★★ …Fisch and the WASO could not be faulted…. It was music mastery of high order.” – The West Australian 2016

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August, Calendar, Performing arts, September, Theatre

Theatre: Switzerland

19 August – 3 September @ the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA.
Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Written by Joanna Murray-Smith

When using words for weapons, how far do you go before it cuts too deep?

The late Patricia Highsmith penned some of the most exhilarating suspense novels of all time, some becoming major cinematic adaptations including; The Price of Salt recently released as the film Carol, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train.

Patricia Highsmith, lives a reclusive life in the Swiss Alps surrounded by her collection of books and antique weapons. The unlikeable genius facing the end of her life has withdrawn completely from the world, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Until one day a young man, Edward Ridgeway, intrudes into her place of refuge. He’s yet another irritating delegate from her publisher demanding a contract for one final instalment. Specifically another psychological thriller featuring her beloved muse and most infamous literary creation, Tom Ripley.

Winner, Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards (2014), and programmed by almost every state theatre company in the country – it’s now our turn to lure you into a booby-trapped plot, a tense and furious battle of wills and words.

Switzerland will be broadcast live on Friday 1 September, 7.30pm from the State Theatre Centre to audiences in regional WA.

Pictured top: Jenny Davis as Patricia Highsmith in Switzerland. Photo: Robert Frith.

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August, Calendar, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: PRVCY: Pilot Showings

18 & 19 August, 7:30pm, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) –
PICA Performance Space –

PRVCY is a major new Australian collaboration with kdmindustries and a team of WA’s leading independent artists. Over two weeks they will undergo a second stage development culminating in two pilot showings of this new work.

From Edward Snowden and Wikileaks, to Facebook live-streaming murders, to Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, the personal is now public.

Combining movement, manipulated text, live music, hacked webcams and footage streamed live from a drone within the space, PRVCY is a sobering glimpse into contemporary society and the evolution of the information age, tracing the impact of technology and surveillance upon this universal human right.

Creative Team
Concept/Design Mark Haslam
Co-Creators/Performers Sara Black, Laura Boynes, Mark Haslam, Ella Hetherington and Tristen Parr
Sound Design Tristen Parr
Dramaturg Will O’Mahony
Produced by kdmindustries

Duration: 60 minutes

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August, Calendar, Dance, Performing arts

Dance: Terror Incognita

August 18 & 19 @ State Theatre Underground.
Presented by STRUT Dance – Andrew Morrish, Humphrey Bower and Guests.

Giants of the performance world Andrew Morrish and Humphrey Bower storm the stage with an evening of improvisational mayhem.

Joining them are guests from STRUT’s Collaboration Workshop who have for the last 10 days been interrogating the space where choreography collides with text.

Where: State Theatre Underground
When: August 18 & 19 – 7:00 pm
Duration: 75 minutes,
Price: $10 donation on the door
Parking: Pier St / Roe St

Performers: Michelle Aitken, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Humphrey Bower, Jude Bunn, Tim Green, Storm Helmore, Kynan Hughes, Anneliese Kirk, Ryan Marano, Andrew Morrish, Sally Richardson, Daidy Sanders, Eliza Sanders, Isabella Stone, Phoebe Sullivan, Mararo Wangai

STRUT’s Collaboration Program continues to create ongoing opportunities for cross artform inquiry and is supported by the State Theatre Centre of WA. STRUT thanks the State Theatre staff and technical crew.

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Photo: Tuva Nordeliusii

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August, Calendar, Classical music, Music, Performing arts

Music: Asher Fisch Conducts Schubert’s The Great

17 August, 11am, 18-19 August, 7.30pm @ Perth Concert Hall,
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Luxuriate in the “heavenly length” of one of the greatest Romantic symphonies.

Schumann famously praised Schubert’s ‘Great’ C Major Symphony for its “heavenly length”, and it is justly considered Schubert’s greatest symphonic achievement – an astonishing work of driving power and lyrical beauty.

Australian pianist Jayson Gillham makes his WASO debut with Schumann’s Piano Concerto which was first performed with the composer’s wife Clara as soloist. Posterity has been far kinder to this popular work than to Schumann’s opera Genoveva, which today is mainly remembered for its superb overture.

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August, Calendar, Performing arts, September, Theatre

Theatre: Arteries by Ancestry

15 August – 2 September @ The Blue Room Theatre.
Presented by Fugue.

Like father like son.

Threaded by blood, generation to generation, we pass on our odious discretions.

In a world where environmentalism is king, drastic repercussions rain down on those who dare to harm the earth. Relationships become strained with memories and fraught with harsh truths. A man grapples with his past and the person he has become, a legacy in disgrace.

Arteries by Ancestry is a bold investigation into queer relationships, hypermasculinity, and how our ancestors shape who we are. Seeking to explore and redefine the boundaries of dance and theatre, it pushes the edges of form and challenges convention.

Presented by FUGUE, a company which celebrates explosive, unique, and visceral theatre art, and devised in collaboration with Haydon Wilson and Noah Jimmy, Arteries by Ancestry is a sexy and ambitious work directed by WAAPA graduate James McMillan.

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August, Calendar, September, Visual arts

Visual arts: Screen Space – Scratch an Aussie

12 August – 10 September 2017 @ Art Gallery of WA.
By Richard Bell.

One of Richard Bell’s most defining works, Scratch an Aussie, is a playful, serious and challenging video piece that explores racism in Australia.

Through the use of jokes, mimicry and word association games between a psychiatrist (Bell) and his patients, viewers witness some of the everyday racist beliefs and jibes about Aboriginal people that operate in Australia today. The sessions are filled with humour, candour and camaraderie. Empathy, however, is notably absent.

Another light-hearted but guilt-ridden therapy session unfolds throughout. Here, Bell – the psychiatrist – talks to his psychiatrist (Gary Foley) about the pros and cons of these common beliefs.

The confessions played out on the psychiatrist’s couch are not to be missed.

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Top: Richard Bell, Scratch an Aussie 2008. DVD projection, 3/5, duration: 10:00 min. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2016. Image © Richard Bell, courtesy of Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Mick Richards.

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