A primal, yet tender, dance experience.
DNA – Simply Human presents six provocative stories that illuminate the physical and emotional qualities we all possess, the evolution of the human spirit manifested through movement and the revelations that follow. It is raw, sensual, primal, athletic and elegant.
This explosive new program comprises a richly diverse cohort of Australian and International choreographers including Oded Ronen (Israel), Gareth Belling (QLD) Penny Mullen (QLD), Jesse Martin (NSW) Matthew Tupper (WA) and Floeur Alder (WA). Together, through stylized dance, they explore what makes us human, the commonalities that connect us to universal themes relating to place, community, touch and ritual.
The works will illuminate the grace, artistry and dynamic energies of this unique company and inspire audiences to question ‘what is it to be Simply Human’?
Image: Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. Photo by Dana Weeks
Presented by the Berndt Museum, WARMUN THEN AND NOW features artwork by renowned Indigenous artists whose homelands lie in Gija country, located in the Kimberley region of north-east WA.
This exhibition presents a distinctive series of paintings by 1980s artists such as Queenie McKenzie, Rover Thomas and Paddy Jaminji, alongside more recent work by Mabel Juli, Lena Nyadbi, Betty Carrington, and others. The exhibition design complements the artwork by taking Perth audiences into a replica of a remote-area Aboriginal Art Centre and Gallery as a contextual backdrop.
Image: Lena Nyadbi, Gija Language Group, Warmun Community, Jimbarla Country (detail), c 2012, etching on paper, 50 x 60cm. Berndt Museum, The University of Western Australia, © the artist.
Attend the launch of WARMUN THEN AND NOW at 3pm then enjoy afternoon tea and stay to listen to Professor Sandy Toussaint of the Berndt Museum in discussion with representatives of the Warmun Art Centre. The exhibition includes prized works from renowned Gija artists dating from the 1980s through to works completed recently. Hear how this intensive collaborative process between the community and the museum has brought together a display of works that illuminate the richness and depths of the cultural life of the artists and their families.
Image: Sandy Toussaint, Associate Director, Berndt Museum
Have you ever stopped to listen to the melody of a leaf or thought about what a stick sounds like when it sings? Using natural materials from the world around us children will explore the form and shape of found objects from the world, converting them into melodies, rhythms and visual patterns.
Presented by Educated by Nature and the UWA School of Music, this full day workshop (for children aged 6-14 years) will give participants the opportunity to create mini villages and small worlds, to draw and play music, to sing and spend time connecting with nature. Assisted by digital technology, children will have the opportunity to capture their creations and take them home.
Image: Natural Melodies workshop (Photo by Melissa Britto).
It’s easy to understand how learning the humble Ukulele has become the worlds' fastest growing instrument. Easily accessible to children and adults alike, join one of our introductory workshops to find out how easy it is to start playing this amazing little instrument.
Presented by the UWA School of Music Junior Music School this workshop is suitable for beginners aged 8-13 years.
Image: Discover! Ukulele Workshop (Photo by Matthew Galligan).
Gem minerals have long been a source of human curiosity, superstition and speculation. Participants will explore and examine the way some minerals are turned into precious or semi-precious stones.
All participants will receive a semi-precious mineral for their gem collection.
Ages: 9 - 12years (maximum 10 participants)
German artist Elise Blumann arrived in Perth in the summer of 1938. She was immediately struck by the local landscape and the piercing brightness of the Australian light. Her painting in the subsequent decade focused on an analysis of various plant forms surrounding her home in Nedlands, and the settings of the Swan River and the Indian Ocean, which feature prominently in her work. While including some early works produced in Europe, this exhibition focuses on paintings from the artist’s first decade in Australia; the series of bold portraits produced in the late 1930s to the increasingly abstract renderings of the landscape of the late 1940s.
Image: Elise Blumann, On the Swan, Nedlands, 1942, oil on composition board, 56.6 x 66.4 cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Acquired with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Dr Albert Gild Fund, 1976. Photo: Bo Wong
OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations is the second in a three-part exhibition series at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2015 showcasing contemporary art from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations refers to a recent acquisition for the collection from leading contemporary artist Agatha Gothe-Snape, a diptych titled Expression Curtain/Certain Situations, which juxtaposes found fabric with a text that transforms the fabric from an object into a ‘situation’.
Using this juxtaposition between two and three dimensions as an exhibition framework, OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations includes sculptural objects alongside paintings and prints that examine the continuing mysteries of representation and perception.
Image: Elizabeth Pulie, Wood & Stone (detail), 1997, wood & stone beads, wire, metal rod, 80 x 200cm. Collection of Elaine Baker and John Cruthers. © Courtesy the artist
Image: Elise Blumann, Surge, 1943–44, oil on paper on board, 86.0 x 55.5 cm. Private collection. Photo: Bo Wong
Microscopes provide a fascinating way to see art in natural objects. From multi-coloured feathers to seashells and crystals in crystals, participants will see nature from a new perspective. After a quick exploration of the University grounds, collected items and prepared material will be examined under a microscope and the beauty of natural art discussed.
All participants will receive a mineralogical specimen for their collection.
Ages: 9 - 12 years (maximum 10 participants)
Two women and three men, displaced in different ways by the rapid transformation of Victorian England, travel separately to a small settlement on Australia’s western rim. With them they carry social ambitions and psychological wounds. As their lives intersect in the Swan River Colony, what they encounter is not quite what they expect. Who will struggle, who will thrive, and how will each react when secrets emerge?
The Mind’s Own Place will be Ian Reid’s third work of historical fiction, following on from the critically acclaimed That Untravelled World and The End of Longing. Join us in celebrating this new work by a celebrated local author.
Image: Book cover of The Mind's Own Place by Ian Reid.
Inspired by the artworks in Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948 children will experiment with drawing landscapes and figures with a local artist.
In collaboration with the Berndt Museum and the School of Indigenous Studies, participants will explore the role of rock art and dot painting in Indigenous culture. Using acrylic paints, participants will be able to create their own dot painting to express a story.
Ages: 9 - 12 years (maximum 10 participants)
University Theatres presents Patch Theatre Company Cranky Bear, based on the book The Very Cranky Bear, written and illustrated by Nick Bland. After last year’s super-duper, itchy scratchy Mr Mcgee and the Biting Flea, Adelaide’s Patch Theatre Company are back!
Zebra, Lion and Moose each think they know how to solve the Bear’s crankiness but their shenanigans just make him even crankier. It takes a humble and empathetic Sheep with an open heart and a listening ear to solve the Bear’s woes.
Cranky Bear is a rollicking new show for 4-to-8-year-olds packed with laughter, surprise and mayhem based on the enormously popular children's book.
Image: Cranky Bear.
Image: Elise Blumann, Surge, 1943–44, oil on paper on board, 86.0 x 55.5 cm. Private collection. Photo: Bo Wong
UWA Publishing and Trove journal have fled the UWA campus and arrived at the Gold Digger bar in Northbridge, primed for a night of poetry and conversation.
This will be the first in a quarterly series of poetry nights co-hosted by UWA Publishing and Trove journal, which will feature a stellar line-up of poets from our lists. Each night will be an off-campus, off the grid offering.
Come and join us for a beer, a wine and a stanza or two.
Join Kate Hamersley, Registrar (UWA Collections), as she discusses the responsibilities of collection and exhibition registration at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Think back — was there someone at school you thought would be your best friend forever? Martin is the new kid at school among a sea of unfamiliar faces. Then Simon McGurk comes along. He’s wildly different from Martin, but they become best buddies. Until, one day, Martin does something that will poison their friendship — forever?
Directed by renowned international director Gill Robertson, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk examines the fragile nature of schoolyard friendship and how hard it can be to stay true to yourself and your friends.
This performance is best for 7-to-12-year-olds.
Image: The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk
A fun and practical course for digital photographers to enhance their portrait skills. Learn how to capture your family, children, pets and loved ones using available light and natural poses. Tips are provided for digital enhancement and how to archive your digital images for future generations. Sessions cover the theory, the practical and review. Lunch on the Saturday is included. Presented by UWA Extension.
Drawing the human face is challenging, but it is a wonderful skill for capturing precious moments in life. Whether you have experience or not, come and learn how to draw what you really see. Discover your gifts and where they can take you.
Curator Dr Sally Quin will first guide a tour of the exhibition Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948, focusing on the figures and portraits. Then join artist Daniela Dlugocz in two rewarding afternoon workshops in which you will experiment with different materials and shading techniques.
A life model will attend each session of the course. You will discover not just a face on paper but how to capture expression and atmosphere.
“Youth and maturity, love and infatuation, memory, music, loss, landscape, Peter Rose exposes the human experience in poems that are gorgeously lucid and often profound. The Subject of Feeling reveals a fearless wisdom, a wry wit and a quiet depth. These poems stop you in your tracks."
- Andrea Goldsmith
Come and hear from one of Australia’s finest contemporary poets as he launches his sixth collection of poetry, The Subject of Feeling.
Image: Book cover of The Subject of Feeling by Peter Rose.
“Criticism is an art but also an entertainment – and occasionally a sport. We should not be coy about the good or polite about the mediocre” – Peter Rose in The Australian Book Review. The state of criticism in Australia is a hotly debated subject, some bemoaning its demise and others defending its quality.
In this workshop Peter Rose, poet, critic and editor of The Australian Book Review, will guide litterateurs through the complex practice of good criticism. A one-off Perth event not to be missed.
Marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a combined Wind Orchestra from the UWA School of Music and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts will present works such as Nelson’s haunting Morning Alleluias in a free concert opening the UWAnzac Centenary Commemorations.
Photo by Matthew Galligan.
Be transported from the everyday every Thursday in our free lunchtime concert series featuring the cream of Western Australia’s young musicians and their mentors.
6 August, 2015 - Sarah-Janet Brittenden and Toni Johnson: Arias and Duets
13 August, 2015 - Piñata Percussion Ensemble
20 August, 2015 - Alan Lourens and friends: Hackett Brass
27 August, 2015 - UWA Guitar Ensemble
The exhibition will feature artefacts used as weapons that contain geological components or derived from minerals or rocks. Of particular note are artefacts from the First World War from the Museum Curator’s personal collection, along with items on loan from other museums, UWA Schools and individuals.
An original sound loop created by Kingsley Reeve (Sound Design and Production, National Institute for Dramatic Art) will compliment the exhibition.
Image: Lt McGlinn, 44th Battalion, later Australian Flying Corp and souvenir embossed World War One British and German 25 pounder shells. Photo: John Reeve (Curator, UWA)
Annette Thas, photographer, filmmaker, mixed media and sculpture/installation artist, has exhibited extensively in Europe and Australia. She studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Lyon, drawing at the Saint-Lucas School of Arts Ghent, and Fine Arts Photography & Filmmaking at UWA. Her ‘Wave 1’ won the People’s Choice Award at Sculpture by the Sea 2014.
Drawing on images and stories encountered while growing up in the Flanders, Thas’ iconic photographs of period gas masks symbolize the horrors experienced in the alien and deformed landscape of the Western Front in WWI. These banner size images will be hung on venues across campus.
Image: Gas masks. Photographs by Annette Thas.
Her publications include Identity and Image: Refugee Artists from Nazi Germany in Britain (1933-1945) and Overcoming Dictatorships: Contemporary East and West European Visual Inquiries.
Free to attend, registration essential. RSVP required.
Image: Dr. Jutta Vinzent
Learn how to use your DSLR camera. The morning session will be taken by Karen Castle who will explain the basics - aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how to achieve correct exposure. In the afternoon Karin Calvert will show you how to use natural light and camera flash techniques to create great portraits. There will be time to put into practice your skills, with the photographers there to guide you.
Lunch is provided.
Feet to the Stars, Susan Midalia’s third collection of short stories, offers keenly observed details about everyday life expressed with pathos, tenderness and bracing wit.
Subtly rendered and emotionally engaging, these stories speak of the transformative capacities of the heart and mind, and of the ways we affect each other, sometimes unwittingly and often profoundly. They offer us the pleasure of listening to different voices, and the satisfaction of careful crafting and evocative prose.
Meet and mingle with Susan and guests at the launch of Feet to the Stars.
Image: Book cover of Feet to the Stars by Susan Midalia.
Join Dr Sally Quin for a curator’s talk and tour of Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948 and consider landscape painting afresh.
Watercolour painting is a skill that can be learned. Artist and teacher Debi Riley simplifies watercolour processes with step-by-step instructions and demonstration. You’ll be encouraged, inspired and guided in the basics watercolour techniques. All materials are provided.
Over a two-day workshop on subsequent Saturdays, discover how to create lovely atmospheric skies, mountains, hills, trees and foliage and incorporate them into your own paintings. You’ll learn just how easy it is to mix dozens of colours from only three tubes of paint, and gain techniques to create your own watercolour landscapes.
On 15 August 1945, World War II came to an end when Emperor Hirohito announced to the Japanese people the official surrender of the Japanese military. Australians and War will celebrate this anniversary with a special dinner in the University Club featuring the music of the Swing era performed by The Oz Big Band. Dedicated to recreating the authenticity and high energy of big bands from the 1930s-1950s, The Oz Big Band is popular in jazz and swing scenes around Australia. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume for a three course meal and night of dancing.
Well-Versed is a collective of experienced performers offering readings of poetry. They have been working together for three years, sharing their passion for poetry by devising and presenting more than twenty specially prepared programs covering the full gamut of subjects, learned to light-hearted, classical and modern, on which verse has been written.
For Australians and War series, they have selected a program of works by Australian and Allied service personnel on the subject of warfare in the trenches and on the Western Front, during the Great War. The readings will be supplemented by choral music performed by The Winthrop Singers.
War and Emotions is the intellectual hub of the Australians and War program. This symposium will explore current research into emotions relating to war, various aspects of World War I and the ANZAC legend, and the experience of Australian soldiers returning from war.
The symposium includes a round table discussion on ‘What the Great War has meant for Australia – then and now’, chaired by Professor Jenny Gregory (UWA). Other participants include Professor Louise D’Arcens (Wollongong University), Dr Megan Cassidy-Welch (Monash), and Professors Mark Edele, Jane Lydon, Andrew Lynch and Bob White (UWA).
The symposium is co-presented by the Centre for the History of Emotions, the Centre for WA History, the History Discipline Group, the UWA Cultural Precinct, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Image: John Singer Sargent, Gassed (detail), c.1919. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Professor Joy Damousi is Professor of History and ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has published on various aspects of grief, trauma and loss during the two world wars.
In this lecture Professor Damousi considers the ways in which the sounds of the battlefield and home front defined the memory of the war and elicited a range of emotional responses. The relentless sounds pierced the emotions and were associated with distinctive memories of grief, loss, trauma and fear. An analysis of the experience of sound enables a broader, uncharted understanding of the emotional experience of civilians and combatants.
Presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies in conjunction with the War and Emotions Symposium.
In this exclusive workshop, critically acclaimed author and historian Ross Gibson will take us through the particulars of his unique craft. Gibson’s practice is best described as a kind of alchemy where research, interpretation and poetry combine to produce works that resist definition. Taking the Elise Blumann exhibition as his material for this workshop, Ross will guide us through the complex art of ekphrastic writing.
Ross’ UWA Publishing books 26 Views of the Starburst World and The Summer Exercises will also be available for purchase and signing.
Composed while he was prisoner of war and premiered by his fellow prisoners at a Nazi prisoner of war camp in 1941, Messiaen’s magnificent and moving Quartet for the End of Time will be performed by celebrated artists from the UWA School of Music in this special Anzac Centenary commemorative concert.
The program will also feature UWA’s Piñata Percussion who will perform Peaux by Xenakis and Varese’s Ionisation for thirteen percussionists.
Photo by Matthew Galligan.
In this one-off panel session, four Australian thinkers will discuss what changing reading habits may mean for cognition and development, and how the ways in which we consumer or ‘interact’ with words shape how we comprehend them.
Chair: Terri-ann White
Panel members: Ross Gibson, Ande Roestenburg, William Yeoman, Claire Jones.
The University of Western Australia Historical Society was founded to research and promote the history of the Campus and the academics, graduates and students who have been part of the University family since its inception.
Nicholas Hasluck and Ronald Bodycoat have researched and prepared material relevant to the World War I Anzac experiences of University personnel and of the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. The Forum will include them and other presenters as well in a round- table discussion with the audience to challenge local myths and explore and reveal the true impact of war.
UWA Publishing turns 80!
To celebrate our seniority (but not senility), UWA Publishing will host a soiree featuring mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell, clarinettist Ashley Smith and a special address from author Amanda Curtin.
We invite all lovers of books and ideas to help us herald in another decade of quality publishing.
Since 2007, the Winthrop Singers have been a prominent feature on the UWA cultural landscape. Formed by Dr Nicholas Bannan of the School of Music, they are choir in residence at St George’s College Chapel, performing Evensong every Thursday.
The Choir’s milestones include: singing from Winthrop Tower at dawn on the first day of spring, public workshops with The Song Company, concerts at New Norcia sponsored by the Spanish Embassy, the debut recording of Philip Gearing’s Prop Patria Mori, touring to China, and participating in Verdi’s Requiem for Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.
For UWAugust: Australians and War, the Winthrop Singers will present a specially Anzac-themed Evensong.
In this special free event recognising the 100th Anniversary ANZAC commemorations, the School of Music, in collaboration with the UWA Choral Society and Churchlands Senior High School, present Britten’s epic War Requiem, featuring internationally-renowned soloists Sara Macliver and Andrew Foote.
Rarely performed, the War Requiem, which features the poetry of soldier Wilfred Owen, employs multiple musical forces: a 100 piece orchestra, a second chamber orchestra, over 125 adult voices, a children’s choir, and three solo voices that alternate and interact with each other throughout the piece in a polyphony of sound. This is a concert not to be missed!