Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Perth culture alive and well in the city

    7/10/2015 11:30 AM
    • Treasure Ships at the Art Gallery of WA opens to the public on Saturday
    • Outstanding events at the Perth Cultural Centre  

    The Perth Cultural Centre is a hive of activity with school holiday entertainment and the opening of Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices at the Art Gallery of WA. 


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Treasure Ships opens this Saturday and showcases more than 250 rarely seen objects from public and private collections from around the world.    


    "Treasure Ships is an outstanding exhibition that will see visitors explore the trade and shipwrecks of the 1500s to early 1800s," Mr Day said.


    "It takes visitors on a journey of how WA was first mapped and how we played a part in a much larger story of trade and discovery.


    "The exhibition features a diversity of art from Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States including first-editions of Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels." 


    Highlights include shipwreck artefacts retrieved from the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon, which sank off the Western Australian coast in the 17th century; and a large-scale 16th century portrait of Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese viceroy of the state of India, from the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), Lisbon.


    The Minister said the Perth Cultural Centre had something for everyone, especially during the school holidays with the AWESOME Festival partnering with the State's cultural institutions. 


    "The State's arts and cultural sector is truly thriving, and the breadth of activities means there is something that will suit all ages," he said.


    "The Art Gallery will host the Awesome AGWA Treasure Ships Family Weekend on October 10-11 to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.  Children will have the chance to make their own maps and experience an Indonesian shadow puppet performance.


    "The State Theatre Centre has the interactive installation Rain, and the circus performance, Carnival of the Animals. The wonderful exhibition about Hairy Maclary author Lynley Dodd is on at the State Library, and the Secret Life of Suitcases is being shown at the WA Museum." 


    Other activities at the Perth Cultural Centre include the gallery's popular ARTBAR which enables access to the Treasure Ships exhibition as well as live music from Guy Pearce, San Cisco and Clare Bowditch during October and November.  


    The State Theatre Centre courtyard will also feature free live performances from some of WA's finest musical acts on Friday nights from October 30 until December 18.


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