Shearers at work in a shed shearing rams
April 19, Calendar, February 19, July 19, June 19, March 19, May 19, Painting, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Tom Roberts’ Shearing the rams

13 Feb – 28 Jul @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

AGWA is home for the next few months to one of Australia’s iconic colonial-era paintings. Tom Roberts’ Shearing the rams on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria until late July, in return for the loan of one of AGWA’s much-loved paintings, Droving into the light, which features in the NGV exhibition Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art.

Shearing the rams hangs alongside AGWA’s own Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin, and gives you a rare opportunity to see these two great nationalistic narrative paintings side-by-side. Both works take rural subject matter as the starting point for their images of Australian identity, but Roberts presents a positive vision of the pastoral industry, far removed from McCubbin’s image of a struggling pioneer.

Roberts based his painting on sketches made in a shearing shed in country New South Wales.  The close observation of details and atmospheric effects, together with the sense of this being a snapshot of a fleeting moment, gives the painting an aura of ‘truth’, which has helped to secure its popularity for many generations. It is a great example of Roberts’ statement that if art is “the perfect expression of one time and place, it becomes art for all time and of all places”.

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Tom Roberts Shearing the rams 1890. Oil on canvas on composition board, 122.4 x 183.3 cm; 170 x 230.4 x 9.5 cm (framed). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1932.

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Man and woman standing in a forest
Calendar, February 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Kalyakoorl Ngalak Warangka – Forever We Sing with Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

15 February @ Midland Junction Arts Centre ·
Presented by Midland Junction Arts Centre ·

Join multi-award winning duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse for a free concert as part of the ‘Danjoo – Interwoven’ exhibition opening celebrations. The singer-songwriter and guitarist duo are a rare act who capture audience’s hearts and imaginations by connecting deeply through the power of song.

Their music is informed by four principles: Koort (Heart), Moort (Family), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (Children/Legacy) and is a celebration of Noongar Language.

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Calendar, February 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Sharon Shannon Band with special guest Susan O’Neill

22 February @ John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre ·
Presented by Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival ·

Sharon Shannon Band, with special guest Susan O’Neill in a Double Bill Concert.
Sharon Shannon is a name synonymous and entrenched in the culture and fabric of Traditional Irish Music. Sharon’s journey with her accordion and love for music has led her to become one of the world’s most  highly acclaimed traditional musicians, and her personality has led her to be one of Ireland’s most well-liked and popular national treasures.

From her debut self-titled album in 1991 to her most recent “Sacred Earth” album her work demonstrates a wide-ranging number of musical influences. Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. Her work demonstrates a groundbreaking mix of traditional Irish with reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, cajun, rap, dance, French Canadian and African.

The prodigiously gifted Susan O’Neill is also from County Clare, Ireland. Her soulful & husky-voiced performances are truly something to behold. Using guitar, harmonica, trumpet and a loop pedal, Susan  delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old & new. Her inspirational fusion of soulful Irish folk & her own acclaimed original material makes for an entertaining & enchanting musical experience

Her solo performances are literally mind-blowing. The amazing range of her gritty vocal combined with her superb guitar technique, her loop pedals and trumpet, make for a truly unforgettable musical experience.

Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to hear two incredible artists in concert together.

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4 actors standing, 2 seated
Calendar, February 19, March 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: After You’ve Gone

15 Feb – 2 Mar @ Old Mill Theatre, South Perth ·
Presented by Old Mill Theatre ·

A play from a multi-award-winning actor, director, writer and stand-up comedian is on offer at the Old Mill Theatre this February. Written by Sue Ingleton and directed by Trevor Dhu, After You’ve Gone is a comedy set in 1946 in a large country town.

The town square is dedicated to dead hero Harold, followed by an evening supper and a gathering of World War II survivors. But the event becomes a place of turmoil as friends, both alive and ghost-like, appear to cause retribution for a mysterious death – and then Harold turns up alive and well.

Playwright Ingleton has appeared as an actress in Neighbours, Halifax f.p., A Country Practice and the film version of Dimboola – but is often remembered for her role as Bill Rawlings, the pregnant man, in Australia You’re Standing In It.

In 1985, she was nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“The play is about four sisters, all lost in relationships,” Dhu said. “They have no love for their children, nor the men that have been in their lives, and are bitter and confrontational towards each other. The time period was difficult and that has to be re-created in the portrayals from the cast. As a result, the challenge is to showcase the conflict realistically, especially among the younger castmembers, and highlight how these people were victims of the time.”

Involved in the performing arts for as long as he can remember, Dhu has worked with Patch and Playhouse Theatres, Perth City Ballet and did extensive professional work with the Australian Dance Theatre in the eastern states. He has directed, choreographed and acted in various productions at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre – most notably West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also performed and directed at Harbour, Roleystone, Old Mill and Melville Theatres. More recently, Dhu has directed Last Cab to Darwin, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Closer, Venus in Fur, Barefoot in
the Park and Spike Heels.

With After You’re Gone, he said could relate to the script because he was a post-war baby himself. “I relate to the angst of women confronting parenting after the war,” Dhu said. “For women during the war, marriage was often based on convenience or a shortage of possibilities for real relationships with many Australian men off fighting.”

After You’ve Gone plays at 7.30pm February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1 and 2 with 2pm matinees February 17 and 24.

Book at or call 0475 895 701.

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

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The cast of After You’ve Gone features Lis Hoffmann, Sue Hasey, Rex Gray, Steven Ozanne, Annabelle Segler, Sage Lockyer and Kirstie Francis.
Credit: Sue Murray

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Country Scene with bridge
Calendar, February 19, March 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: ‘Place and Space’ Shire of Mundaring Acquisition Exhibition

8 Feb – 31 Mar @ Mundaring Arts Centre ·
Presented by Mundaring Arts Centre ·

‘Place and Space’ showcases the work of 33 local artists as they delve into their material and intangible connections to the Shire of Mundaring as well as broader concepts of place. Notions of community, history, personal memories of the area as well as the local built and natural environment feature strongly throughout the exhibition which explores a wide range of mediums including works on paper, painting, sculpture
and textiles.

‘Place and Space’ presents new works by Hans Arkeveld, Christopher Arnold, Una Bell, Terence Blenkinship, Leanne Bray, Ric Burkitt, Pamela Cary, Mikaela Castledine, Annette Dawes, Carolyn Francis, Dimity Gregson, Joan Johnson, Ben Joel, Bec Juniper, Bernard Kerr, Genevieve Hartney, Julie Hein, Franci Liebenberg, Malcolm Lindsay, André Lipscombe, Jarrad Martyn, Craig McKeough, Alan Muller, Isabel O’Brien, Narayani Palmer, Lesley Parker, Lorita Schmitz, Amelia Sonnekus,  Alastair Taylor, Anne Williams, Lee Woodcock, Desmond Woodley and Katrina Virgona.

A survey of Shire of Mundaring Art Collection works, acquired from past open invitation exhibitions, ‘Spotlight On Us’ is also presented in Gallery 2.

Opening Friday 8 February 7pm – 8:30pm,  Exhibition continues 9 February – 31 March Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm

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Malcolm Lindsay, ‘The Weir’ (detail), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 106 x 81 x 4 cm


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Calendar, Dance, Family Street Festival, February 19, Festivals, Music, Performing arts

Family Street Festival: LeedyPalooza

8 – 17 February @ Leederville Village Square ·
Presented by City of Vincent ·

Dance in the dark, dine with friends and be awarded for ridiculousness at LeedyPalooza.

LeedyPalooza – where Leederville opens its doors and stops traffic to make room for Perth to get involved in this all-inclusive community based initiative. After the runaway success of last year’s LeedyPalooza events, Leederville Connect along with the City of Vincent once again combine to create the ultimate Leederville experience. With nine separate events planned for February, Leederville is set to shine as a venue for music, food, entertainment and culture.

Newcastle Street, near the Oxford Street intersection, will remain closed for the duration of the LeedyPalooza event opening it up to create a Village Square atmosphere. “Leedypalooza is an award-winning, whimsical and wildy fun adventure in Leederville, and we are so excited to welcome this back again,” said City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole. “Vincent will be supporting the events with road closures, so people and local traders can spill out on the streets. Leederville is the place to be this February! Please come join us.”

On Sunday 10 February 2019 is Unfair Day: The best worst family street fair. Ever thought a lucky dip was just too lucky or that a fortune cookie was a little too kind? Try out the Unfair Day unlucky dip and crack open a misfortune cookie- LeedyPalooza is turning the iconic street fair on its head and mixing it up LeedyPalooza style. Unfair Day is a free event (seems a bit too fair for Unfair Day but we’re not complaining).

The party continues at LeedyPalooza on Sunday 17 February with Dancin’ in the Street. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, and if dancing is not your thing, come on down and watch the ultimate dance off show down! No matter what your moves are like, LeedyPalooza invites you to dance with the family, a bunch of friends or encourages you simply to come solo to wow the spectators! All dance moves are welcome at Dancin’ in the Street. It is a free event, and at no cost there’s no excuse not to dance on down.

Complementing these two fabulous days are a string of specially themed evenings, designed to showcase local cuisine and culture;

Latin Fiesta – Friday 8 February – 6-10pm – immerse yourself in a night of Latin American culture and join the ultimate street party

Block party – Saturday 9 February – 6-10pm – Leederville gets dirty with its own block party featuring hip hop DJs, MCs and B Boys and B Girls

Long Table Dinner – Wednesday 13 February – time – Leederville’s famous Long Table Dinner is back so you can dine under the stars to delight your senses

Leedy L’Amour – Thursday 14 February – 6-10pm – romance is alive on the streets
of Leederville on Valentine’s Day with a nod to streets of Venice, roving minstrels,
pop-up opera and Italian theatre

Funk Club Presents- The Hustle– Friday 15 February – 6-10pm – bringing a disco inferno to the streets with a show of hot stuff unlike any other, featuring live
music, DJs, and Perth faves The Funk Train

Bunuru Djirup – Saturday 16 February – 2-5.30pm – experience an exotic mix traditional and contemporary indigenous and non-indigenous music as we
celebrate the Noongar Summer season of Bunuru

Saturday Night Fish Fry – Saturday 16 February – 6-10pm – get down to the rhythms of hot brass and New Orleans flavours with Junkadelic Brass Band and Bambuseae Rhythm Section

LeedyPalooza is proudly presented by the City of Vincent and Leederville Connect
and supported by WA Housing, Lotterywest, Synergy and Channel 9 and premium
community media partner, Community Newspapers.

LeedyPalooza promises to be one of the most exciting additions to the Summer calendar this year.

All LeedyPalooza events are free with the exception of Long Table Dinner.
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The Oscars
Calendar, February 19, Film

Film: 2019 Oscars Party

25 February @ The Backlot Perth ·
Presented by Revelation Perth International Film Festival ·

Where better to watch The Academy Awards then with a bunch of film fanatics in Perth’s best private cinema. Come to the Backlot Perth and hang out with The Revelation Film Festival to watch the 2019 Academy Awards in style and comfort.

Full bar open
Red carpet from 8.30am
Prizes and lively debate in spades
Wear your Oscars best!

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50% Rice 50% Spice
Calendar, February 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: February Exhibitions

1 – 23 February @ Cool Change Contemporary ·
Presented by Cool Change Contemporary ·

In Gallery 1, Melbourne-based artist Dalton Stewart presents a new body of work for ‘Rush’, continuing his investigation of urban and spatial structures in relation to the presence of the body.

Guy Louden returns to Perth with ‘Network Archeology’, a solo exhibition in Gallery 2 that imagines the end of the internet and recalls the collapse of our networked age from the perspective of a post-apocalyptic future.

Stephen Armitstead explores the memory of site and the notion of imbedded presence through photography, video, installation and ceramics in Gallery 3 for ‘Remnants: false impressions of time & space’.

In the Project Space, Devon Ward presents a robotic installation ‘The Tempering’ that attempts to imbue primordial elements–water and earth–with a vital psychological force.

Opening night: Friday 1 February 6pm-8pm
Exhibitions continue: 2 – 23 February
Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

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Guy Louden, ‘Sleek Memory V’ (detail) , 2018, laser etching on UV glass,
copper, stainless steel, steel wire rope, 15x15cm.

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Tim Winton's Shrine
Calendar, February 19, March 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Tim Winton’s Shrine

15 Feb – 2 Mar @ Melville Theatre, Palmyra ·
Presented by Melville Theatre ·

A deeply moving and sometimes confronting play from Tim Winton comes to Melville Theatre this February. Directed by Kayti Murphy, Shrine is set on WA’s south coast and explores the themes of love, grief and the way those who have passed endure through the memories of the living.

The play tells of a couple struggling to recover from the loss of their son Jack – a year later, all they have left is a scar on a tree next to a roadside shrine and an abundance of unanswered questions. But then a young woman named June turns up on the doorstep with a story about their son’s final hours.

“Shrine is not only about the irrevocable way the grief of a loved one changes us but also the ways in which those who have passed can reveal new things about themselves, even in death,” Murphy said.”That was the key for me – it would be hard to just put on a play about two people grieving the death of their son. The intrigue of June’s story drives the play forward, exploring what really happened in Jack’s final hours. She needs to tell her story and Jack’s father needs to hear it.”

The main challenge, according to Murphy, is ensuring there is light with the dark. “There is so much love, intrigue and mysticism in this show, she said. “I wanted to make sure this is just as significant as the darker moments of a parent’s grief.”

After studying theatre and drama at Murdoch University, Murphy appeared in numerous productions and was one of the principal cast in the community TV series Love on the Box.In 2013, she performed in Noel Coward’s Hands Across The Sea at Melville Theatre and A Conversation at the Old Mill Theatre, winner of the 2013 Milly Award for best play. Murphy followed up those roles in 2014 with Cosi at Phoenix Theatre and Ninety at Garrick Theatre, along with The Temperamental Artist, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Death and the Maiden and Stop Kiss.

“As soon as I read Shrine, I knew it was something special and wanted to bring it to the stage,” she said.”Tim Winton’s writing beautifully encapsulates the WA landscape so much that it is an extension of the characters themselves. “You can feel, through his writing, the magic and majesty of nature and how it can shape us while showing us how interconnected we all are. Every character has a sense of responsibility about what happened to Jack that night and they are all dealing with it in their own ways.”

Tim Winton’s Shrine plays at 8pm February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1 and 2
with a 2pm matinee February 24. Bookings on 9330 4565 or at

Melville Theatre is on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.

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June (Jessica Brooke) reflects on the death of Jack (Chris Colley) in Tim Winton’s Shrine.

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Danjoo Interwoven
April 19, Calendar, Exhibitions, February 19, March 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Danjoo – Interwoven

15 Feb – 6 Apr @ Midland Junction Arts Centre ·
Presented by Midland Junction Arts Centre ·

‘Danjoo – Interwoven’ celebrates local Aboriginal culture, Country, language and visual arts practice in Western Australia, proudly presenting new and recent artworks by eighteen Aboriginal artists from or now residing in the south west corner of the state. Danjoo – meaning together in Bibbulmun Noongar language reflects the bringing together of established, mid-career and emerging Aboriginal artists working in diverse art forms, presenting artworks that speak of local Aboriginal culture and contemporary, personal, social and political issues.

Curated by Wadandi/Minang/Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor and Midland Junction Arts Centre Curator Greg Sikich, ‘Danjoo – Interwoven’ features the work of Deborah Bonar, Lance Chadd, Julie Dowling, Jeanette Garlett, Naomi Grant, Linda James, Bradley Kickett, Rohin Kickett, Norma MacDonald, Janine McAulley Bott, Esther McDowell, Lewis Nannup, Daniel Roe, Lea Taylor, Jo Ugle, Mandy White, Desmond Woodley and Boyden Woods.

Opening celebration Friday 15 February 6:00 pm- 8:30pm
Exhibition continues 16 February – 6 April

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