Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

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

    More than $1million to benefit local artists

    18/07/2008 12:00 AM

    More than $1.1million in arts funding has been awarded to 70 outstanding local artists and organisations dedicated to bringing art to the community.


    Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale said State Government arts funding ensured that Western Australia had a vibrant arts scene which could be enjoyed by everyone in the community.


    “The diversity of the artistic talent in this State is highlighted by this latest round of grants awarded to programs and works covering the genres of dance, writing, visual art and craft and theatre,” Ms McHale said.


    “There is also strong support for our indigenous and young artists, with more than $289,000 committed for the promotion of indigenous culture and to provide development opportunities for artists under the age of 26.”


    The largest single grant of $56,000 was awarded to Kompany M for the production of Bone Dry, a play which portrays the struggles of drought-affected families in the Mid-West of WA.


    Visual artist Maria Madeira also received funding to undertake an artist-in-residence position at Arte Moris - a free art school in East-Timor.


    “The Government’s support for WA artists allows stories to be told that resonate with communities locally and internationally,” the Minister said. 


    “It is an exciting time to be involved in arts and culture in WA, with funding through the Ignite package and the growing grants program transforming the State’s cultural landscape.”


    The Department of Culture and the Arts distributes more than $4million annually through its Arts Development, Young People and the Arts, and Indigenous Arts grant programs.


    Information on grant categories and application information is available at


    Minister's office - 9213 6900