Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Internationally renowned filmmaker to host free master class in WA

    8/02/2008 2:40 PM

    Western Australian artists interested in digital technology and the opportunities it presents will benefit from the experience of well-known filmmaker Peter Greenaway.

    Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale said Mr Greenaway would be in Perth as a keynote speaker for the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and would offer a master class for WA arts practitioners.

    “The State Government is pleased to support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local artists and filmmakers to learn from a senior practitioner with an international reputation for artistic innovation,” Ms McHale said.

    “While he is probably best known for his films such as ‘The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover’, Peter Greenaway is an accomplished artist who pushes the boundaries of the multiple art-forms in which he works.”

    Peter Greenaway’s career spans several traditional art-forms such as painting, filmmaking and opera, as well as new fields of endeavour utilising digital technologies.

    In his most recent incarnation as a VJ (video jockey), Mr Greenaway is continuing to transform the arts landscape using digital technologies to bridge traditional art forms, such as filmmaking and live performance in order to offer audiences an experience that is challenging and contemporary.

    Ms McHale said the State Government was supporting Mr Greenaway’s free two-hour master class at the Fremantle Maritime Museum on Friday, February 22 from 3pm to 5pm.

    The master class will take the form of an extended lecture and demonstration of Mr Greenaway’s practice. Attendance will benefit anyone interested in how artists utilise the diversity of new tools at their disposal, as well as how digital technologies will alter the way we make, understand and engage in the arts in the 21st century.

    Places for the master class are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or bookings, contact Michelle Glaser at the Department of Culture and the Arts on 9224 7300 or email

    Minister's office: 9213 6900