Great Southern Art Award 2021 (Biennial Community Art Prize)

As Above – So Below

2021 Exhibition 2 April -16 May at the Albany Town Hall

Over $10,000 in prizes

Entries open: 1st February 2021

Entries close: 15th March 2021


City of Albany Artist in Residence Program

The AIR program provides visiting artists with the opportunity to:

  • develop their practice through self-directed creative projects
  • to share skills and exchange knowledge with the Albany creative community
  • to develop professional networks within the region
  • to contribute to wider community engagement with the arts
  • to discover and share the rich heritage, environment and of the region
  • to contribute to raising the profile of Albany as a creative city.

Key organisational partners for the 2021/2022 residency program are:

  • The Albany Entertainment Centre
  • Southern Edge Arts
  • WA Museum Great Southern
  • City of Albany Public Library

This program is designed to support the broader development of the sector across a range of different art-forms and interests, and contribute to cross-organisation programming.

The current callout for residencies for the July 2021 to June 2022 period have now been finalised.

We will be calling out for the 2022/2023 AIR program in mid-2021.

Creative Enterprise Grants Projects

Six local artists will be flexing their creative muscles after successfully receiving a Creative Enterprise grant from the City of Albany aimed at supporting economic and social recovery following Covid-19. The Vancouver Arts Centre committed a total of $25,000 which was allocated across all grant recipients to develop projects and events in partnership with the small business sector in the Great Southern.

A website highlighting iconic beaches of our region created by Alex Gott-Cumbers will incorporate a traffic light system that lets users know the best time to visit each beach depending on weather conditions.

Author Dianne Wolfer will activate two literary events involving four Albany authors, a visiting author and an Albany musician with event partners Six Degrees, Paperbark Merchants and Albany Stationers.

Albany’s three original York Street and Albany Highway arcades will provide the canvas for Make a Scene artist pop-up project including markets and workshops and support surrounding businesses.

Matt Ward is developing an interactive QR code trail that will encourage users to solve clues to discover the location of the next QR code in View from the Magpie’s Nest: The QR Code Trail where each QR code brings a story to life through song.

Kwongkan Middars (Sand Dancers) is a film by Robert Castiglione that follows the journey of two 16-year old Noongar boys as they establish a business that presents traditional cultural dances for visitors to Albany.

The Menang Women’s Weaving Circle features Noongar women and Elders sharing skills in fibre weaving, creating utilitarian objects and wearable adornments that relate to Menang history.

Brandenburg Trust Resident Artist Program

The Resident Artist program provides inclusive arts programming by funding placements of local artists in Aged Care Facilities in Albany. The Arts & Culture Team’s expertise is used to match artists to facilities, ensuring a good balance between style, medium and ability. Since the program started in 2019, three placements have been launched and are at varying stages of completion.

The pilot project at Hawthorn House was very well received and a case study can be read here. Placements at Clarence Estate and Craigcare are ongoing. Two further placements are planned for 2021, Aged Care Facilities and artists that would like to participate are encouraged to contact the Arts & Culture Team.

Funding for this project came from the Brandenburg Trust, and the Arts & Culture Team would like to thank the artists and Aged Care Facilities for their support in making this program possible.

Penelope and Marlin

This locally developed production will be performed by Southern Edge Arts in the Town Hall in July 2021. More information to follow

Great Southern Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy

The City of Albany in conjunction with the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), local government authorities (LGAs) in the Great Southern, creative organisations and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI) is working on a regional arts, culture and heritage strategy.

The arts, culture and heritage sector plays an important role in creating a vibrant, diverse and interesting community for residents and visitors. Culture represents our being – who we are, the way we do things and express who we are. Arts represents the expression of our being – how we express our culture through language and literature, art and music, dance and drama. Heritage is the history of our being – what connects the past with the present and the future. Together, arts, culture and heritage contribute to a sense of identity both for individuals and the community. However, as well as enriching the experiences of our daily life, the sector plays an important role in our economic development through employment, entertainment and tourism. Research shows that the sector provides flow-on advantages, social and economic. For the Great Southern, this can include:

 Creating employment opportunities,

  • Providing experiences and products to the tourism sector,
  • Building the region’s brand,
  • Enriching retail products,
  • Building capacity with local artists,
  • Developing viable, sustainable cultural eco-systems,
  • Strengthening trails linking with other iconic areas of the Great Southern,
  • Attracting and retaining residents,
  • Adding value to the primary production chain (e.g. wineries or in conjunction with food events),
  • Contributing to community vibrancy and liveability, and
  • Contributing to the diversity of education options.

The regional strategy will provide a vision and direction for connecting people and places while maximising investment in the arts, culture and heritage amenities, programs and services. It is expected that the Strategy will be completed by late-2021.

Great Southern Music Scoping Study

The City of Albany in partnership with the Great Southern Development Commission, commissioned this 2017 study to assist in understanding the current health of the sector, its cultural and economic impact to the region, key challenges, limitations, opportunities and potential areas for growth and development.

Click here to view Scoping Study document