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Arts and Cultural events
 May 2019
Tuesday 21
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Enrich | World Percussion Fiesta More Information
The vision of the UWA Conservatorium of Music is to enrich all lives with music. Through UWA’s broadening units, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in practical music-making as part of their degree.

Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

Come and hear the wealth of musical talent on campus.

In the World Percussion Carnival, renowned Perth percussionists Paul Tanner and Steve Richter will lead over 100 students in a lively performance of traditional Zimbabwean, Zulu and West African music, alongside new sounds of AfroJunk and traditional Samba Batucada.

Tickets: $5 (available at the door)
Wednesday 22
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Great Impressions – Rembrandt and the History of Printmaking More Information
A public lecture by Dr Susanne Meurer, School of Design (History of Art), UWA.

Rembrandt features amongst a select group of artists whose work proved influential across various media. He was never “just” a great painter, but also a prolific and innovative printmaker. Over four decades, he produced almost 300 etchings, many of which pushed the technical and expressive boundaries of printmaking. Above all, this lecture will argue, Rembrandt lent a new level of intimacy to the medium. By treating the printing plate like a sketch book, Rembrandt granted unparalleled insights into his working processes. The resulting prints defied their status as multiples and left a lasting impression not only on collectors, but also on generations of artists.

Rembrandt – 350th Anniversary Lecture Series

Rembrandt’s death took place 350 years ago this year, in 1669. Museums across the globe, from Amsterdam to the Arabian Gulf, are staging exhibitions to commemorate his artistic legacy, and a life that was far from a masterpiece. Sometimes dismissed contemptuously in his own time, the supreme genius of Rembrandt is now universally acknowledged. The Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia is pleased to present a series of lectures offering insights into the artist’s life, his work and its reception.

18:30 - FREE LECTURE - UWA Music presents: The 2019 Callaway Lecture : Presented by Paul Rissmann (UK) Website | More Information
In collaboration with WASO, we are delighted to welcome passionate music educationalist Paul Rissmann to present the 2019 Callaway Lecture, one of the most prestigious events in the calendar of the Conservatorium of Music.

‘The Jamie Oliver of animateurs’ Neue Muzikzeitung

‘Rissmann is without parallel. He has a line of communication that exactly matches, then advances the listening skills of his audience’ The Herald

Challenging Classical Conventions: exploring new opportunities to engage with the orchestra in the 21st century

The orchestra is changing. For centuries, its role and reach were more or less static. Today, thanks to the development of creative and inclusive educational programmes, the orchestra and its musicians are more assessable and more relevant to society than ever before. This talk will explore how composer and educationalist Paul Rissmann’s work has helped expand the range of activities the modern symphony orchestra has to offer, both on and off the concert platform.

Free entry - bookings essential RSVP to [email protected]

Lecture: 7pm

Refreshments served from 6.30pm
Thursday 23
17:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - UWA Music presents: Museum of Sound Series : Seeing is Deceiving: The Non-visual Aspects of Rock Art More Information
Do you remember the sound of dial-up internet? What about the whistle of an old kettle or a wine cork popping? Sounds, noise and music are fundamental to our lives.

Join us to explore our sonic past and present and learn how our lives are shaped by sound and listening. Presented in collaboration with the City of Perth Library.

Sound in the form of language and music make us human. But what is the archaeological evidence for sound? In this talk we will take a global look at sound, music, language, art and human evolution, before focusing on the San or 'Bushman' of southern Africa.

Sven Ouzman is an archaeologist, lecturer and activist at UWA’s School of Social Sciences. Dr Ouzman researches the forgotten worlds beneath and all around us, and is currently exploring areas such as Indigenous rock art in the North Kimberley and the South African colonial circuits of knowledge and heritage. He is a member of the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management at the University of Western Australia.

Free entry - bookings essential

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Main Stage | Impressions Website | More Information
The passion for music and the exceptional ability of young emerging artists creates an extraordinary experience for concertgoers. In 2019, some of Australia’s finest young musicians will take to the stage in four outstanding orchestral and choral concerts, taking you on a musical journey from the 1700s to the present day.

Offering a glimpse of the Baroque era, Elena Kats-Chernin’s expansive and opulent Prelude and Cube is reimagined in this concert where old and new walk side by side. Program

BACH Fantasia and Fugue in C minor (arr. Hunsberger)

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN Prelude and Cube (arr. De Cinque)

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN Dance of the Paper Umbrellas

HAYDN Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass)

Tickets from $18

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19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Enrich | Broadening Showcase More Information
The vision of the UWA Conservatorium of Music is to enrich all lives with music. Through UWA’s broadening units, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in practical music-making as part of their degree.

Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

Come and hear the wealth of musical talent on campus.

Join our massed ukulele ensemble as they perform classic songs you know and love! The Broadening Showcase will also feature our handbell ensembles and the UWA Broadening Flute Choir in a fun concert that is sure to delight!

Tickets: $5 (available at the door)
Friday 24
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Free Lunchtime Concert | UWA Composition : The Morricone Project More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

Ennio Morricone, (b.1928) is an Italian composer, who is most well-known for his film work, and in particular the genre known as ‘spaghetti western’. Working with director Sergio Leone, he scored The Good the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. He also wrote the music for Once Upon a time in America The Mission and The Hateful Eight.

The music from the spaghetti western period (the 1960s) demonstrates Morricone’s quirky orchestrations. Budget restrictions meant limited access to a full orchestra. Morricone turned to unconventional instruments (jew’s harp, whistling, electric guitar and cracking whips) to create strange sonic landscapes.

The Morricone Project gives our composition students the opportunity to re-imagine these works for a new ensemble and to collaborate with the musicians in the ensemble. The re-imaginations can included setting Morricone’s music against their own, changing the instrumentation, and/or focusing on one particular motive and exploring its possibilities.

The composers are:

Victor Arul – For a Few Dollars More

Oliver Broun – The Mission

Remal Festini – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Lydia Gardiner – The Man with the Harmonica

Free entry, no bookings required.

18:00 - EXHIBITION OPENING - Season Two Exhibition Launch Website | More Information
Join us for the launch of our 2019 Season 2 program featuring three new exhibitions: Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver + Nikulinsky Naturally + The Artist and Her Work. For more information, visit www.lwgallery.uwa.edu.au/exhibitions.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Enrich | Show Choir & Jazz Spectacular More Information
The vision of the UWA Conservatorium of Music is to enrich all lives with music. Through UWA’s broadening units, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in practical music-making as part of their degree.

Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

Come and hear the wealth of musical talent on campus.

Under the direction of Tim How, the Show Choir, will be perform songs from Broadway hit Wicked. Whilst the UWA Jazz Ensemble and Advanced Jazz Group, led by Jess Herbert will perform staples of the Jazz repertoire. This fantastic concert is not to be missed!

Tickets: $5 (available at the door)
Saturday 25
14:00 - TALK - Artist & Writer in Conversation: Philip Noakes and Dorothy Erickson Website | More Information
Join artist Philip Noakes and award-winning writer, artist-jeweller and heritage consultant, Dr Dorothy Erickson, author of "A Passion for Silversmithing", as they discuss the ideas, skills and techniques that have resulted in the stunning hollowware, sculptural objects, and jewellery featured in "Sculptural Silver" at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Monday 27
19:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Centre Stage | Intercurrent: Walkman Antiquarian : Co-presented by Tura New Music More Information
Artists in residence Intercurrent present contemporary chamber music for piano, percussion, bass clarinet and electronics including Thomas Meadowcroft's Walkman Antiquarian, John Cage's Credo in US, a new work by Perth composer Olivia Davies and more.

Walkman Antiquarian challenges our concept of obsolescence, exploring creative possibilities in the intersection of new and old. Thomas Meadowcroft’s centrepiece work (of the same name) employs much-loved but increasingly historical technologies of sound playback the turntable and the walkman, while John Cage’s Credo in US prominently features the humble transistor radio. Against these are set a modern-day interpretation of 12th Century polyphonist Perotin’s Beata Viscera by Lachlan Skipworth, and a brand new work by West Australian composer Olivia Davies. Intercurrent’s renowned and fiery virtuosity promise a unique and stimulating musical adventure.

Tickets from $10

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Tuesday 28
13:00 - SEMINAR - How Regenerative Biology is Used to Sell the Dream of Lab Grown Consumer Products : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
Abstract: The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr) are credited as the first to grow (2000) and eat (2003) lab grown meat as well as the first to grow tissue engineered leather (2004). These where critical art projects that were set to highlight the radical shifts in our understanding of, and relationships with the concept of life. More than ten years later cellular agriculture and biofabrication are hailed as solutions to a many environmental issues. The biological laboratory is imagined as the new farm, where animal and/or agricultural products a grown using regenerative biology and other bio-techniques. This talk would present the concepts behind the developments of cellular agriculture and biofabrication and would attempt to situate their existence within a timeline and scale of global scientific, technological, economic and cultural narratives and endeavours. It will start with the original Tissue Culture & Art Projects, follow the trajectory of the fields of cellular agriculture and biofabrication, and present some of the recent works from SymbioticA that are in dialogue with these recent developments, including a series of off grid incubators powered by compost.
Friday 31
13:00 - TALK - Friday Talk: Carrolup Noongar Artists - a talk by Ainslie Gatt Website | More Information
In the period 1946-1951, without formal artistic training, the children from Carrolup Native Settlement created pictorial representations of their country, depicting from their memory detailed landscapes of flora and fauna. These included kangaroos, possums, and birdlife and animated Noongar people participating in corroborees and hunting, totemic symbols, and the stylistic incorporation of atmospheric perspective.

Since that time, new generations of Noongar artists, including those with direct lineage to the Carrolup Settlement artists, have emerged with their unique visions of memory and the landscape.

Join senior curator and art consultant Ainslie Gatt as she addresses lineage and developments in the work of Noongar artists.

 June 2019
Saturday 01
14:00 - TALK - Artist Talk: Nikulinsky Naturally Website | More Information
In this artist talk, Philippa Nikulinsky AM leads us through her exhibition "Nikulinsky Naturally", a survey of her work from the 1970s to the present, sharing insights on her methodology and her exploration of the botanical riches of the Western Australian landscape.

15:30 - WORKSHOP - Nikulinsky Naturally: Education kit & PD for teachers Website | More Information
Join visual art educator Erin Knight in a professional development workshop for teachers as she introduces the education kit accompanying the exhibition "Nikulinsky Naturally".

The education kit explores how Philippa Nikulinsky and other artists have used botanical specimens in their artwork. The exhibition and kit inspires a practical art making program that can be used in both lower and upper school and provides a framework to be adapted by teachers to suit the needs of their classroom. Participate in the workshop, experience a close reading exercise and then bring your students along to view the exhibition.
Saturday 08
13:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Music presents: Keyed Up! Day of Piano More Information
Join us for the annual Keyed Up! Day of Piano where you can learn tips and tricks of piano performance from some of Perth’s most experienced teachers and examiners. Why not ensure that every performance you give is one that you are proud of, whether that be for your University or School assessment, WACE practical or AMEB or other grade exams!

Led by UWA Head of Keyboard and Performance Studies, Graeme Gilling and supported by Perth’s finest pianists, teachers and performance specialists and ideally timed for those students undertaking ATAR Music and AMEB or other grade exams the Keyed Up! Day of Piano is an event not to be missed!

Register to perform and receive feedback from one of our expert panel in an informal workshop setting or just come along and observe students at your own level.

You’ll also have the opportunity to:

Hear performances by UWA Conservatorium of Music students

Explore the Conservatorium’s Historical Instrument collection with a guided session led by Dr Cecilia Sun The skills that you learn at the Keyed Up! Day of Piano will give you the confidence to excel in all your performance endeavours!

$10 Participants - $5 Parents accompanying students/Observers

13:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Roman Archaeology Group Public Lecture : The Romans in Egypt and Roman Mummy Portraits Website | More Information
Two public lectures delivered by Egyptologist Dr Michael Birrell. The first lecture "The Romans in Egypt" will start at 1:30. The second lecture "Roman Mummy Portraits" will follow a light afternoon tea. Please RSVP to Ann Boyer ([email protected]) by Tuesday, 4th June for catering purposes.

14:00 - EVENT - High Tea with Philip Noakes Website | More Information
Share an afternoon with artist Philip Noakes, beginning with an exhibition tour of "Sculptural Silver" followed by a high tea hosted at the University Club of Western Australia. Noakes shares stories about his life as a jeweller and silversmith in London, Sydney and Perth.
Tuesday 11
19:30 - EVENT - “Politics and the Novel” by Susan Midalia : Friends of the Library Talk More Information
Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation

The nineteenth-century French writer Stendhal famously observed that “politics in a literary work is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert: it’s something vulgar and coarse, which is also impossible to ignore.” Stendhal’s analogy posits the traditional model of literature as the realm of the aesthetic, expressive of beauty and universal moral truths, and which is regarded as superior to the grubby realm of “politics” – loosely defined here as pertaining to issues of power and human rights. This model naively presupposes the existence of non-political literature – as if it’s possible for any writing to exist in an ideology-free zone. Nevertheless, Stendhal’s comment also rightly highlights the challenge for a creative writer intent on exploring overtly political issues: how to avoid being “vulgar and coarse”; that is, ideologically dogmatic or morally self-righteous; how not to insult the intelligence of the reader, regardless of their political beliefs. This presentation will consider the creative strategies used in my political novel The Art of Persuasion in order avoid those pitfalls: the use of the romance genre to explore love as moral concept in our hyper-sexualised culture; and the use of wit or intelligent humour to raise questions about the crucial political issues of asylum seekers and climate change. I pay particular attention to my novel’s allusions to the fiction of Jane Austen, and its adherence to the Horatian dictum that writing should both delight and instruct. My novel The Art of Persuasion aims to give readers aesthetic delight – the pleasures of language and story – in order to encourage reflection on the issues that matter to me as a writer and a member of civil society.

Dr Susan Midalia has studied at Cambridge University and the University of Western Australia, where she completed a PhD in contemporary Australian women’s fiction. She has published in national and international literary journals, and taught in secondary and tertiary institutions for many years. Since becoming a full-time writer in 2006, she has published three collections of short stories, all of them shortlisted for major national literary awards: A History of the Beanbag (2007), An Unknown Sky (2012), and Feet to the Stars (2015). Her debut novel The Art of Persuasion was published in 2018, and her second novel has recently been accepted for publication.

Special Collections

The current display in the Special Collections foyer of donations by the Friends of the Library features maps showing the Dutch interest in the Indian Ocean region. These maps include copies of Polus Antarcticus by Jansson 1650, Frederick de Wit’s Orientaliora Indiarum Orientalium 1680, Mare del Sud 1765 by Zatta and Abraham Ortelius’ 1574 Indiae orientalis insvlarvmqve adiacientivm typvs.

The Friends of the Library have recently donated a facsimile copy of the Barcelona Haggadah to Special Collections. The illuminated Hebrew manuscript dates from the fourteenth century and contains the Haggadah, Laws for Passover, piyyutim and Torah readings for the festival of Passover according to the Spanish rite. The purchase of the facsimile was supported by Assoc/Prof Suzanne Wijsman (Chair of Strings Conservatorium of Music) for her research as the manuscript contains illustrations of musical instruments. Special Collections will next be open on Tuesday 11th June from 6.30pm – 7.15pm for members to view the Barcelona Haggadah.

RSVP: Kathryn Maingard – [email protected] or 08 6488 2356 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/politics-and-the-novel-tickets-62182092312
Wednesday 12
14:00 - WORKSHOP - The Art of Emotional Intelligence Website | More Information
While the modern world has long emphasised technical skills, emotional intelligence is now being touted as a requirement to thrive in an increasingly automated future. However, beyond the buzzword, how do these skills manifest everyday - in the workplace, at home, and in civic life?

Using art as a springboard, we look at some key emotional skills that serve you well to survive modern life, and how we can nurture them - such as adaptability, calm, creativity, self-awareness, playfulness, resilience and empathy.

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