Street theatre
Calendar, October 18, Performing arts, September 18, Visual arts

The 2018 AWESOME Festival

28 September – 12 October @ various venues in Perth ·
Presented by AWESOME ·

The 2018 AWESOME Festival will inspire Perth families to get creative this October school holidays. The AWESOME Festival presents a vibrant, curated program of theatre, workshops, music and lots of free hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Running 28 September to 12 October in Perth.
Make your school holidays AWESOME!

Click here to see the amazing selection of shows, workshops, activities and exhibitions that AWESOME have on offer in 2018 or visit

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Out of the Shadows
Calendar, November 18, October 18, September 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Instrumental: the distinct pleasures of tools

22 Sep – 4 Nov @ Mundaring Arts Centre ·
Presented by Mundaring Arts Centre ·

Instrumental: the distinct pleasures of tools invites twelve, successful mid-career artists to examine their relationship with the tools they use on a daily basis as they create artworks, and the imagined tools that provide the answers to life, the universe and everything.

Curated by Jude van der Merwe, ‘Instrumental’ features the work of Olga Cironis, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, Kevin Draper, Stuart Elliott, Sarah Elson, Dawn Gamblen, Phil Gamblen, Peter Hill, Angela McHarrie, Denise Pepper, Monique Tippett and Tony Windberg.

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm

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Pictured: Angela McHarrie, Out of the Shadows, 2018, Vintage wheelbarrow frame, various timbers, 111 cm x 62 cm x 167 cm

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Two women standing next to a painting of flowers
Calendar, Exhibitons, October 18, September 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Tresillian Arts Centre Student & Tutor Exhibition

29 Sep – 14 Oct @ Tresillian Arts Centre ·
Presented by Tresillian Arts Centre ·

Diversity is a key element of the Tresillian Arts Centre’s 2018 Student and Tutor Exhibition, running from 28 September to 14 October.

Now in its 17th year, the annual exhibition showcases the work of students who have learnt new art skills over the past 18 months at the centre – and also features works from the tutors who mentored them.

Visitors to the exhibition, open 10am-4pm daily, have a chance to win a $200 Tresillian Arts Centre voucher when voting in the $500 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Captain Stirling IGA. Curator Aloma Berg has had a long association with the centre as both a teacher and curator of previous exhibitions.

Acting Tresillian Arts Centre Coordinator Lisa Macfarlane Reid said entries to the exhibition reflected a range of classes and mediums.  “It’s always interesting to see how the students have taken on board what the tutors have taught them while, at the same time, how each individual emerging artist expresses their own aesthetic and style,” she said.  “Within a class of 12 students, the range and diversity among the art works is astonishing.  The tenant artists at Tresillian teach many of the art classes but we also have external tutors who come in to teach. Among them, we have established artists such as Judy Rogers, Ian de Souza, Rob Forlani and Elmari Steyn.  One interesting aspect is the fact our tutors at Tresillian are all willing to accommodate different learning levels among their students.  This inclusive approach is central to the community vibe at Tresillian, where everyone is welcome.”

City of Nedlands CEO Greg Trevaskis said the exhibition was always well-attended and a favourite event among students and the broader community. “It’s a chance to view art works from emerging artists, buy them at a reasonable price and be part of a community full of creative learning and growth,” he said.  “Nedlands has always prided itself on being inclusive and, by embracing this philosophy, we have attracted many artistic and creative people to our City over the years. The annual Student and Tutor Exhibition is always appealing because it explores many different artistic interpretations.”

The official opening – open to the public – is at 6pm, 28 September, with Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins in attendance.

The Tresillian Arts Centre is at 21 Tyrell Street, Nedlands

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Pictured: Tutor Caroline Marinovich, left, and student Carla Sullivan, who will have works on display.


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2018 Italian Film Festival
Calendar, Festivals, Film, September 18

Film: 2018 Opening Night Events – Lavazza Italian Film Festival Perth

27 September @ Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX ·
Presented by Palace & Luna Palace Cinemas ·

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty,The Young Pope) and starring Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) as the controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – the most anticipated Italian film of the year, LORO, will open the 19th Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Perth. Split into two parts for its Italian release, the Festival is proud to present the project in single epic form, within days of its premiere screenings at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Tickets for the Opening Night events are now on sale, and are expected to sell out!

Thursday 27 September
Cinema Paradiso – 164 James Street, Northbridge
Opening Night of the 2018 Lavazza Italian Film Festival kicks off at Cinema Paradiso at 6.15pm with a glass of Calneggia Asolo Prosecco D.O.C.G, a Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream, a festival gift bag and the popular Lavazza coffee popcorn followed by the premiere of Paolo Sorrentino’s scandalous Loro. After the film, follow Little Miss Squeezebox down the road to Connections Nightclub for a taste of Italy, thanks to The Cooking Professor and live entertainment by DJ Harvey Rae!
Event Details:
Thursday 27 September
6:15pm arrivals
6:45pm Screening of LORO
9pm Afterparty at Connections Nightclub
Tickets: Palace Movie Club $60 / General Admission $65
To purchase tickets go to: or  TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Thursday 27 September
Luna SX – 13 Essex St, Fremantle
Luna SX will host an Opening Night Reception for the 2018 Lavazza Italian Film Festival starting at 6:00pm with catering delizioso from Dolce & Salato, sweet treats from Romano’s Fine Foods and some lively Prosecco courtesy of Calneggia Family Vineyards. Plus pre-screening traditional Italian folk music from the Joys of the Women choir. All of this will be followed by the Australian premiere screening of Loro at 6:45pm.

Event Details:
Thursday 27 September
6:00pm arrivals
6:45pm Screening of LORO
Tickets: Luna Privilege Card $31.50 / General Admission $36.50
To purchase tickets go to: or  TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas and Luna Palace Cinemas comes to Perth from Sept 27 to Oct 17 at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX.
With over 30 of the latest and greatest from Italy’s best filmmakers, there is no shortage of Italian passion, drama, romance and style for film lovers to enjoy!


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Espresso Self 2018
August 18, Calendar, September 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Espresso Self 2018

31 Aug – 15 Sep @ Spectrum Project Space ·
Presented by School of Arts and Humanities, ECU ·

Espresso Self showcases the nexus between creative practice and research, with work by ECU staff being presented to the wider ECU community and general public. Originally conceived as a platform to encourage ECU academics to exhibit their ‘other’ selves, Espresso Self has evolved into a dynamic expression of what it means to engage with creativity in and beyond the research environment.

This year exhibited in three sections:

School of Arts and Humanities, Visual Arts research;
School of Arts and Humanities, research in process/progress; and
ECU, alternate paradigms of the research journey.

Exhibiting artists:

Lyndall Adams, Clive Barstow, Graeme Burge, Claire Bushby, Trevor Cullen, Alistair Edwards, Stuart Elliott, Roxanne Fozard, Louise Gan, Paul Godfrey, George Karpathakis, Nicola Kay and Stephen Terry, Geoff Lummis, Justine McKnight, Marziya Mohammedali, Julia Morris, Amanda Myer, Denise Pepper, Glen Phillips, Marcella Polain, Greg Pryor, Diane Slade, Susan Starcken, Hollie Turner, Paul Uhlmann, Tania Visosevic, Vanessa Wallace, Gillian Willmer.

Event details:

Espresso Self exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday, 31 August to Friday, 14 September at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University with a sundowner event on closing night to coincide with the ECU Mount Lawley Research Week opening.
Sundowner event:  Thursday, 13 September 6 – 8 pm

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Image courtesy of Paul Uhlmann.

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The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish
Calendar, Performing arts, September 18, Theatre

Theatre: The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish

4-22 September @ The Blue Room Theatre ·
Presented by Frieda, Sam and Friends ·

A fisherman catches himself a wife, and so begins this charming love story. The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish is an unlikely romance set in a world filled with corruption and greed.

With two mouths to feed and another on the way, our fisherman takes a job at the helm of a delivery boat headed towards the big city. On the journey a storm wrecks the boat and leaves our couple with an enormous debt. They are conned into bonded labour – the fisherman is trafficked and his wife is put to work in a fish processing factory.

Written by Malcolm Robertson Foundation award recipient Frieda Lee (All His Beloved Children), this is a heartfelt two hander with a dark twist.

4 – 8 September 8:30pm
11 – 15 September 7:00pm
18 – 22 September 8:30

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Images by Susie Blachford

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Clay Boodjar
Calendar, Film, Mixed media, October 18, Sculpture, September 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Clay Boodjar

8 Sep – 7 Oct @ 110 Avon Terrace, York ·
Presented by Community Arts Network WA ·

Experience a different view of York.

A pop-up exhibition featuring hand built clay sculptures, animation and mixed media collages that share the history of Noongar farm workers and experiences of the reserve, river, land and town through the artistic hands of many generations.

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Merlene Della Jones. Rico the Kelpie Farm Dog, 2018. Photo by Bo Wong

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Court my Crotch
Calendar, Musical theatre, October 18, Performing arts, September 18

Musical Theatre: Court My Crotch

18 Sep – 6 Oct @ The Blue Room Theatre ·
Presented by The Blue Room Theatre & FUGUE ·

Two elite bodies compete under the strict gaze of an umpire. Each presents a facade, each pushes against prejudice. Pick a side and see who can flaunt their way to victory first.

Tennis meets drag in this high-octane, high-spectacle performance investigating the toxicity of sporting and drag culture.

From the company that brought you Arteries by Ancestry comes a new competition of fierce backhands and ferocious song and dance. Born directly from Australian stories and interviews, Court My Crotch is an uncompromising look at our society’s current relationship with gender and sexuality.

Producer: Ellen-Hope Thomson
Writer/Director: James McMillan
Assistant Movement Director: Nicole Harvey
Performers: Ash Traylia, David Mitchell, Morgan Owen
Dramaturg: Geordie Crawley
Sound Designer: Alex & Yell
Set Construction: Paul Grabovac
Lighting Designer: George Ashforth
Stage Manager: Sally Davies
Publicity & Marketing: Alexandre’ Egloff

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Photo by Marshall Stay

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Lightbox Alex Spremberg
Calendar, December 18, November 18, October 18, Photography, September 18, Visual arts, Workshops

Visual Arts: The Hub: Storytelling through photomontage

Ongoing until 8 December @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·
Presented by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·

The Hub is a space at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery where you can explore your creativity. Art lovers young and old can enjoy hands-on art activities inspired by the gallery’s exhibition program.

Create a photomontage from the materials available to tell your story. Add your artwork to the collection of pictures at The Hub or take it home with you.

Tuesdays – Saturdays. 11am – 5pm till 8 December

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Pictured: Alex Spremberg, The Sound of White, Even (detail), 2017-2018, enamel on vinyl records, 215 x 473cm © the artist.

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Art and Artificial Intelligence
Calendar, Lectures and Talks, October 18, September 18, Visual arts

Lectures and Talks: Art & Law, Art and Artificial Intelligence

Art & Law: Appropriation art, authorship and copyright law ·
22 September @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·

In plain sight: Artificial intelligence and the arts ·
16 October @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·

Art & Law: Appropriation art, authorship and copyright law
Appropriation artists are seen to re-use the work of other artists, or re-contextualise ready-made objects, making claims of both art and authorship. How does or how should copyright law respond to this artistic practice?

Join panelists Jani McCutcheon, Associate Professor at the UWA Law School and HERE&NOW18 artists Dr Alex Spremberg and Dr Perdita Phillips to discuss the concept and relevance of authorship in contemporary art, and how it aligns with copyright law’s understanding of authorship.
This event is the first of a series of Art + Law discussions held in collaboration with the Law School at UWA.   22 September, 2-4 pm.

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In plain sight: Artificial intelligence and the arts
Have you considered the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the arts? Did you know AI can now evaluate, synthesise, and create its own versions of many artistic media?

In this presentation, Ezrina Fewings, Educational Development Adviser from the UWA Educational Enhancement Unit, will reveal pioneering case studies on the state of the arts influenced and integrated by AI.   Be prompted to question the authorship of any artwork, and hear about the many exciting AI projects transforming our engagement with the Arts.

This event is part of The Big Draw Perth, a week-long series of events at LWAG that celebrate drawing.  16 October, 1 – 2pm

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Pictured: Bjoern Rainer-Adamson, Moments of conflict (mechanical contention) (detail), 2018, plywood, deconstructed 7 Victor mechanical calculator from 1969 parts reassembled with additional electric motors, 97 x 200 x 85cm. © the artist

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