Cultural Precinct

Arts Research Centres

Linking and building partnerships in the context of an academic environment, the Cultural Precinct encourages innovative collaborations and provides a source of enjoyment and stimulation to enliven the campus, enrich curriculum and nurture students critical engagement with the intricacies of our changing times.

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SymbioticA is an internationally renowned and award-winning artistic laborotary dedicated to research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. 

SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists and researchers to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department. It also hosts residents, workshops, exhibitions and symposiums.

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The Callaway Centre

The Callaway Centre is an international research centre based in the School of Music at The University of Western Australia.

The Centre seeks to realise the research potential of the Callaway Centre Archive - a significant repository containing a number of unique music-related archival collections, including the personal papers of notable musicians and educators such as Sir Frank Callaway, famed English ethnomusicologist John Blacking, Western Australian pianist Eileen Joyce and English musician and teacher Irene Kohler.

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Institute of Advanced Studies

The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) enhances the research profile of the University through raising awareness of and encouraging debate on contemporary issues.

The Institute frequently collaborates with the UWA Cultural Precinct in co-presenting talks and forums on contemporary issues of arts and culture.

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Westerly Centre

The Westerly Centre, established in 1982, is an international centre for publication and research for Australian and Asian writing.

The Westerly Centre publishes the leading literary journal Westerly and a range of creative and scholarly works.