Cultural Precinct

WINTERarts 2013 Talks

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  • Cultural Precinct: arts and culture on campus

WINTERarts showcases the contribution the arts make to the life of The University of Western Australia, which is celebrating its centenary this year.

WINTERarts provides a snapshot of the arts on campus during the month of July - featuring exhibitions, performances, talks by visual artists and authors, workshops and special events.

Join us this WINTERarts for talks by curator Melissa Harpley, authors Stephen Scourfield, John Mackay and four Western Australian artists.

Curator talk with Melissa Harpley

Portia Bennett's artwork Hotel Adelph, Perth from 1948

Portia Bennett, Hotel Adelphi, Perth, 1948, watercolour and pencil on paper, 54 x 52cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection. Gift of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, 1986.  © courtesy of the artist’s estate.


Join Melissa Harpley, Curator of Historical Painting, Culpture and Design, Art Gallery of Western Australia, for an in-depth look at the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art exhibition Towards Perth: Western Australian women artists before 1950.

Learn about the exceptional group of women artists working in Western Australia in the first half of the twentieth century, and view a selection of their remarkable and rarely seen works.


  • Location: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
  • When: Friday 5 July 2013 | 1pm
  • Cost: FREE event.
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or [email protected]
  • More information: Towards Perth exhibition website

SymbioticA Friday Seminars

Artwork for exhibition semipermeable


SymbioticA Friday Seminars are ecletic and open forums. In July they feature interstate guest speakers from the Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide and four WA based artists who will discuss their new works in the semipermeable(+) exhibition at the PowerHouse Museum, Sydney, produced in conjunction with SymbioticA for the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2013.


  • Location: SymbioticA Room 228, Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology building, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
  • When:
    Friday 5 July 2013 | 3pm - 4:30pm | Julianne Pearce and Garry Stewart
    Friday 12 July 2013 | 3pm - 4:30pm | Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr
    Friday 19 July 2013 | 3pm - 4:30pm | Nigel Helyer and Cat Hope
    Friday 26 July 2013 | 3pm - 4:30pm | Sam Fox
  • Cost: FREE.
  • More information: SymbioticA Seminars
  • Enquiries: [email protected]

An evening with Stephen Scourfield

Bio image for Stephen Scourfield

Stephen Scourfield

*Please note this event is now fully booked. Contact the enquiries line (details below) to be placed on the wait list.*

Let author Stephen Scourfield lead you on a literary and culinary journey that interprets the very nature of travel. Taking cues from his 2010 collection of essays and short stories, Connected, Stephen will bring together stories from around the world and with each story will come a dish with cultural significance to the tale.

From the Kimberley to India, from an English country town to the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho, there are connections which run around the planet and through Stephen's life. Some tales are quirky and humourous, others are intensely personal, but all are tales not just of a traveller, but follow the themes that form the basis of belief.


  • Location: Banquet Hall, The University Club of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
  • When: Wednesday 10 July 2013 | 7pm - late
  • Cost: $99.00 | Price includes drink on arrival and four-course dinner with selected wines.
  • Bookings: Fully booked. Connected with Stephen Scourfield 
  • Enquiries: University Club -  (08) 6488 8770 

Hugh Mackay - The good life: what makes a life worth living?

Bio image of John Mackay

John Mackay - author of 'The Good Life'


You hear that insistent message, echoing through the philosophical traditon of East and West: treat other people the way you would like to be treated. A good life is not measured by security, wealth, status, acheivement or levels of happiness. A good life is determined by our capacity for selflessness and our willingness to connect with those around us in a meaningful and useful way.

Hugh looks at the numerous ways we get distracted from this central purpose. He examines the utopian complex, which describes our dangerous desire for perfection, and the false expectation that life will unfold according to our carefully laid plans.

Join Hugh Mackay for a discussion at the University Club of Western Australia.

This event is run in conjunction with the UWA Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Books will be for sale and signing by the author.


  • Location: Club Auditorium, The University Club of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
  • When: Wednesday 10 July 2013 | Arrive 6pm; Talk: 7pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $25.00 (Includes a glass of wine on arrival)
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 2433
  • Booking and more information: UWA Extension John Mackay talk