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Join the Conversation: Inclusive arts forum + Launch of the Arts and Cultural Access Consortium

Saturday 2 December 2017, 2-4pm @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery  ◆


Join access advocates in the wider community as they discuss and share insights into accessibility and inclusion in the arts sector. Hear from guest presenters and join in a discussion with ideas, suggestions and insights on how museums, galleries and art centres can embed empathetic and inclusive design principles at the heart of their programs. Facilitated by Caine Chennatt, LWAG’s access initiative advocate.

This forum will also mark the launch and the first session of the newly formed Arts and Cultural Access Consortium  which brings together cultural administrators and arts workers seeking to create more inclusive programs and workplaces.

Speakers include Simone Flavelle, Digital Producer at DADAA and Dr Scott Hollier, Digital Access Specialist, author and lecturer. More speakers are to be announced. This event is run as part of Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s Inclusive Arts Week running from 28 November to 2 December.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Document Accessibility

Wednesday 6 December, 11am-1pm @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ◆

Join us in an informative and fun workshop, run by the accessibility experts from VisAbility, on how to create an accessible Word document. Learn step-by-step as you are guided through document creation and how to improve the overall accessibility and inclusivity of your documents.

Held in celebration of UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), this workshop will be hosted by VisAbility and the UWA Cultural Precinct. VisAbility is a provider of disability services in Western Australia.

This session will provide you with resources to continue your accessible document creation in the office or at home. This event is being run as part of Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s Inclusive Arts Week running from 28 November to 2 December.

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Visual arts: DRAWN

 24 November-22 December @ Mundaring Art Centre ◆

7190 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring

Artist:  Karen Frankel

After developing her style over several years Karen found that she could bring her love of drawing into her paintings rather than keeping them separate.

She says, “Working freely and loosely with mixed media excites me. It enables me to create ‘controlled happy accidents’ and is perfect to create the illusion of depth which draws the viewer into the landscape. The layers of paper and ink allow for a serendipitous backdrop or a textured foreground. Charcoal, ink and pastels are used to sketch in familiar shapes.”

Karen is drawn to the tones, colours and shapes, both positive and negative, of her subjects. This exhibition shows off West Australian landscapes and flowers as well as abstract and semi-abstract work from a recent trip to New Zealand.

“I paint primarily to give me pleasure and also enjoy sharing my observations with the viewer so that they can, in turn, take pleasure from my work. I hope that they will be drawn into each canvas to have a little wander around before moving onto the next.”

Karen works from Galleria Art Studio where she runs classes and workshops for both adults and children. Her work can also be seen at


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Image: Banksias

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Visual arts: I don’t want to be there when it happens

11 November – 24 December @ PICA Central Galleries

Presented by Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in Partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.

Curated by Mikala Tai, Kate Warren, Eugenio Viola; Artists: Raqs Media Collective, Reena Saini Kallat, Raj Kumar, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Mithu Sen, Adeela Suleman Abdullah M I Syed

Opening Night: 10 November | 6:30-8:30pm  RSVP 

PICA Central Galleries

Starting from the fragile and complex socio-political relationship between India and Pakistan in the era of contemporary warfare, I don’t want to be there when it happens investigates, in a broader sense, the psychology of trauma.

In response to the 70th anniversary of the Partition of Colonial India (14 August 1947), this exhibition features artists from both Pakistan and India whose evocative practices convey the profound existential unease of our age, either directly or indirectly. They unravel the present time, dealing with the legacy of history, as well as foretelling the future.

I don’t want to be there when it happens reaffirms the rejection of violence as well as the need for more effective and profound structures for dialogue through conscious acts of engagement.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and expanded on the occasion of its presentation at PICA.

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Pictured: After all it’s always someone else who dies (2017) Hanging steel, dimensions variable, installation view. This artwork has been commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and supported by The Keir Foundation. Photo: Kai Wasikowski.


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Visual arts: Remedial Works

11 November – 24 December @ PICA Westend Gallery ◆

Curated by Andrew Varano; Artists: Sophie Cassar, Clare Milledge, Pakui Hardware, Shana Moulton, Jess Tan, Anicka Yi

Opening Night: 10 November | 6:30-8:30pm RSVP

PICA Westend Gallery

Remedial Works is an exhibition that groups an international set of artists working together to understand the novel and specific materials of contemporary global societies, and how these materials and their embedded meanings can affect human bodies and relationships.

Human bodies are now placed within a unique environment of surfaces and substances – from rare earth metals and the ingredients of modern food science to pheromones, hormones, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals – equally palliative and poisonous and all connected to capital.

Recognising the maxim ‘the dose makes the poison’, Remedial Works looks at the fine line between a material’s capacity to repair or pollute both bodies and land. While recognising that most of us are situated within the systems of industrial production and consumption, Remedial Works asks, in light of this, what role can art making perform towards remediation and healing?

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Pictured: Jess Tan luxury waste and contained emotions 2016-17sad balloon, garden weed, earthenware clay, amethyst, PVC plastic, 118 hand sewn tears filled with glitter, glass ash tray and debris from install. Image courtesy of Jessica Quinnell.

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Theatre: Amanda Muggleton in Masterclass

16 November – 2 December @ Subiaco Theatre Centre ◆

Amanda Muggleton

From 16 November, 2017

Amanda Muggleton reprises her Helpmann and Green Room Award-winning role as Maria Callas in a brand-new production of Terrence McNally’s theatrical masterpiece “Masterclass” directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher.

Maria Callas. The original diva. The greatest dramatic soprano of her generation. After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s greatest Opera Houses including La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, she accepts an invitation to conduct a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York.

In this extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time as she passes on to her students – and to us – the experiences and lessons of a lifetime. We witness her passion and commitment and realise the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.

Amanda Muggleton is one of Australia’s greatest and most beloved actresses. In a career that spans four decades, she has more than fifty theatre, film and television credits to her name including the long-running role of Chrissie Latham in television’s Prisoner as well as starring roles in stage productions of Hello Dolly!, Entertaining Mr Sloane, HMS Pinafore, Calendar Girls, Blood Brothers, Steaming, The Seagull and, of course, her unforgettable Shirley Valentine.

Tickets on sale now at Ticketek.

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Musical theatre: Menopause The Musical – Women On Fire

5 – 10 December @ Crown Theatre ◆

CROWN THEATRE 5 – 10 December, 2017

“MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL – WOMEN ON FIRE” is set around four women in a department store who have nothing in common but a black lace bra they each want to buy at a lingerie sale. The female cast pokes fun at their woeful hot flushes, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between them; and a wonderful musical that features popular tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s is born. The Great Pretender, Only You, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Stand by Your Man, I Will Survive and twenty more – all sung with gusto and all with their ‘new’ lyrics.

This new hilarious celebration of women and “the change” is based on the original book and lyrics by JEANIE LINDERS and stars VICTORIA NICOLLS as the Dubbo Housewife, MELANIE EVANS as the Professional Woman, MEG KIDDLE as Earth Mother and LILIAS DAVIE as the Soap Star.

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Dance: Valentine

14 November – 2 December @ The Blue Room Theatre ◆
By Kynan Hughes ◆

It’s an old story. There is far too little love in the world and everyone quenches their loneliness whichever way they can.

The innocent, the bully, the manipulator and the object of their desire; four flawed characters who struggle to find meaningful connection. All of them desperate to be loved and belong, aching for something from the others that can never be given.

The commedia dell’arte and its characters have influenced and shaped work throughout history, all the way down to the love triangle of today’s romantic comedy movies. From age-old ideas found in the commedia, Valentine forges a new narrative exploring loneliness and desire through dance, theatre, puppetry and mask play in a way that is deeply human.

Bringing together an extraordinary team of charismatic artists, with experience at Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, pvi collective, and Leigh Warren & Dancers, Valentine questions just how far we are prepared to go to fulfil our desires.

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Music: From Broadway to La Scala: David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune and Greta Bradman

9 December @ Perth Concert Hall ◆

A brand new production returns to stages across Australia with its all-star cast


Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm

David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune and Greta Bradman

Due to overwhelming demand and a sell out tour in 2015, a brand new From Broadway to La Scala returns to Perth featuring some of the great hits from musicals and operas that the audience will know and love.

Soaring with the exuberance of the great stage musicals and enriched with the passion of grand opera, From Broadway to La Scala will hit a new high note for all lovers of fine entertainment in 2017. From Puccini to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bizet to Gershwin and Verdi to Cole Porter, this unique concert experience will feature many of the greatest songs, arias and duets of the last two centuries, performed by four of Australia’s most highly acclaimed contemporary singers.

Renowned for their charisma, stagecraft and musical versatility, tenor David Hobson and bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes will join musical theatre star Lisa McCune and the breathtaking soprano Greta Bradman to thrill audiences with a seamless blend of classical elegance and theatrical glamour.

When Vanessa Scammell (music director) and Tyran Parke (director) first sat down together to devise the 2015 programme, they came up with over 100 great hits from musicals and opera, from which they selected over twenty featured in the show.
This year they will choose a new programme from all the other hits not included in 2015, while at the same time recognising that patrons will also want to hear favourites from that first show.

Backed by a full orchestra, From Broadway to La Scala will transport audiences with a richly entwined repertoire of all time classics, drawn from two of the world’s most enduringly popular musical genres.
Tickets available from Perth Concert Hall

Ph: 9231 9999 or

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Music: Symphony in the City 2017, West Australian Symphony Orchestra

16 December @ Langley Park ◆

This spectacular free event has become a highlight of the summer calendar for thousands of concert-goers in Perth.

Symphony in the City is Perth’s largest free outdoor classical music concert and is the signal that summer has arrived and Christmas is around the corner. Join the Orchestra, WASO Chorus and special guest soloists for a fun-filled evening that features exciting, beautiful and heart melting music from your favourite classical works and film music scores.
As always, the concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture accompanied by a pyrotechnics display. Save the date now and join us for a magical night under the stars.

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Photo: Emma van Dordrecht

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