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Perth is home to five universities, countless business, industry, political and community organisations providing access to talks and lectures from learned local and international renowned academics to outrageous hysterics. Until now, the content’s never been easy to find. We are working closely with the universities and other institutions to provide a one-stop shop. Don’t miss your chance to get your content first-hand!

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'The City Beautiful' William Ernest Bold and the Development of Perth 1901-1944 - public lecture

An exploration of the life and times of William Ernest Bold.

  • Time(s):6PM-7PM
  • Dates:Feb 3

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Other:Lectures & Talks,History
  • Produced By:State Library of WA
  • Event Venue:State Library of WA
  • Hosted By:State Library of WA

Description

When William Ernest Bold was appointed Town Clerk of the City of Perth in September 1901, he was the youngest in any Australian Capital. When he resigned in 1944, he was the longest serving. How did this young Englishman contribute to the 'City Beautiful' movement that helped mould pre-war Perth? The Sunday Times characterised the top-hat wearing Bold as a latter day 'Beau Brummell' and eventually a critical Royal Commission precipitated his downfall. Join us for an exploration of the life and times of this intriguing character. FREE EVENT Image: Portia Bennett Perth Town Hall, 1951 watercolour 81 x 61 cm City of Perth Cultural Collections Photo: GFL

Artist Talk | Carla Adams

Hear from artist Carla Adams and AGWA Curator Robert Cook to discuss her latest exhibition: Carla Adams and Albert Tucker, sorry I was/am too much.

  • Dates:Feb 6
  • Time(s):11am-12pm
  • Venue:Art Gallery of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Art Gallery of WA
  • Type:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Craft,Drawing,Sculpture,Painting
  • Other:Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA

Description

Carla’s work is aligned with feminist sculptural and textile practices and investigates how women navigate online dating platforms. Learn how Carla uses portraiture, text and kitsch elements to develop humorous responses to encounters with dating site users. sorry I was/am too much pairs works by Western Australian contemporary artist Carla Adams and one of Australia’s foremost modernist artists, Albert Tucker. The show includes Adams’ paintings, textiles, ceramics and mixed-media objects, drawings and visual diaries that emerge from her experiences in the contemporary dating world. This is juxtaposed against a selection of Tucker’s drawings and paintings from the Gallery’s Collection, produced between 1943 and 1989.

Behind the Lens of ‘Infinite Wonder of Africa’: Artist Talk

A free community talk exploring the stories behind the images in Xander Kabat Photography’s ‘Infinite Wonder of Africa’ exhibition.

  • Dates:Feb 11
  • Time(s):7 - 8:30pm
  • Venue:Boya Community Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Xander Kabat
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Photography
  • Other:Lectures & Talks

Description

Photographer Xander Kabat takes you behind the scenes of his ‘Infinite Wonder of Africa’ exhibition with this intimate free talk. See the Africa he experienced while he and his wife travelled the length of the west coast on one motorcycle during a 17-month, round-the-world adventure. Xander has visited every continent and hiked and ridden motorcycles everywhere from Nepal to Alaska and Antarctica and is always amazed at the beauty and wonder of our planet. More comfortable outside his comfort zone than in it, Xander once lived his dream of riding a motorcycle around the world and hopes to share that passion with others. Exhibiting for the first time in Western Australia, 'Infinite Wonder of Africa' is a 21-image exhibition designed to awaken the wanderlust that lives in our hearts, showcasing Africa’s landscapes, animals, and cultures. The displayed images will take you on a photographic journey across a continent of friendly people, vibrant colours, magnificent beauty, and Infinite Wonder. Entry to the talk is free but places are limited. Tickets are available at https://tinyurl.com/IWOF-Talk.

A Day Of Ideas: Beneath The Surface

Come and listen to captivating and unique storytellers, artists, Elders, scientists, musicians, and philosophers, as they talk about the city of Perth, its river and the people who live here.

  • Dates:Feb 13
  • Time(s):10am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $39
  • Other:Lectures & Talks,History,Symposia
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Produced By:Perth Festival

Description

RIVER'S MOUTH: DAA
Questions remain about the social costs of the building of Fremantle Harbour on local Noongar communities. Join Viv Hansen, Richard Walley and others for a conversation about the history of the river and mouth.

THE GUTS OF THE RIVER: KORBAL
Dr. Noel Nannup discusses the ecological richness of the river and the ways it has been changed by those who settled its shores. 

UPRIVER: YIRANGINY
The environment along the river has a large impact on the health and wellbeing of our children. Colin Pettit, WA Commissioner for Children and Young People, looks at the people who live along its edges and hoe they are faring. 

THE RIVER: BILYA
The day ends with a conversation amongst women; those who serve as the umbilical cord and connect the water to community. Led by Roma Winmar an inter-generational panel of leaders tells tales of water, life and refrigeration.  

Artist Talk | Leaving LA with Tee Ken Ng

Join artist and director Tee Ken Ng, producer Aidan O’Bryan, cinematographer Mick McDermott and artist Paul Caporn to discuss the behind the scenes workings of Tim Minchin’s music video Leaving LA.

  • Dates:Feb 13
  • Time(s):2 - 3.30pm
  • Venue:Art Gallery of WA Theatrette

Details

  • Hosted By:Art Gallery of WA
  • Other:Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Ticket Price:Free, booking required
  • Type:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Video,Other Visual Arts

Description

Join artist and director Tee Ken Ng, producer Aidan O’Bryan, cinematographer Mick McDermott and artist Paul Caporn to discuss the behind the scenes workings of Tim Minchin’s music video Leaving LA. Hear about the thinking and decisions that led to the painstaking process of making the music video with zoetropes – a pre-film animation device invented in the 1800s. The zoetropes created for Leaving LA were constructed from hundreds of delicate printed paper cutouts laid out in sequence around large discs which were then spun at high speed on record players and filmed by dangling a camera in the middle of them. What could possibly go wrong? Find out how the team overcame the many unforeseen difficulties and how they used an iPhone to capture shots a standard camera could never have gotten and managed to tell the story of the song and portray Los Angeles, one of the most filmed cities in the world, in a unique and captivating way. Image credit - Tim Minchin and Tee Ken Ng surrounded by zoetropes in Tee Ken Ng's studio for Tee Ken Ng’s zoetrope-animated video for Tim Minchin’sLeaving LA, 2020. Photographer: Cam Campbell.

1000 Tinder Opening Lines with Carla Adams

In this performance, artist Caral Adams will read the entirety of the opening lines and talk about some of the conversations and experiences that eventuated from 1000 Tinder matches.

  • Dates:Feb 18
  • Time(s):6.30-8pm
  • Venue:Art Gallery of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Art Gallery of WA
  • Ticket Price:$35
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Art Exhibitions:Drawing,Painting,Sculpture,Craft
  • Other:Author Talks,Literature,Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA

Description

1000 Tinder Opening Lines is a project from 2018 in which artist Carla Adams matched with 1000 men on the dating app Tinder and recorded the first thing they typed to her. The resulting book is a collections of statements and invitations ranging from sexy to sad with a fair bit of humour throughout. In this performance, the artist will read the entirety of the opening lines and talk about some of the conversations and experiences that eventuated from 1000 Tinder matches. 1000 Tinder Opening Lines will be on sale and Carla Adams is available to sign copies. The second edition features a foreword by AGWA Curator Robert Cook, and six new illustrations. Available from the AGWA Shop, RRP $35. sorry I was/am too much pairs works by Western Australian contemporary artist Carla Adams and one of Australia’s foremost modernist artists, Albert Tucker. The show includes Adams’ paintings, textiles, ceramics and mixed-media objects, drawings and visual diaries that emerge from her experiences in the contemporary dating world. This is juxtaposed against a selection of Tucker’s drawings and paintings from the Gallery’s Collection, produced between 1943 and 1989.

Craig Silvey

Craig Silvey, the author of Jasper Jones joins Perth Festival's Literature Weekend in the City

  • Dates:Feb 20
  • Time(s):11.30am - 12:30am
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:Pay what you can, suggested $19
  • Other:Literature,Author Talks,Lectures & Talks,Writers Festivals
  • Produced By:Perth Festival
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Description

Perth Festival presents Craig Silvey, award-winning author of Jasper Jones as part of Literature Weekend in the City. Silvey discusses his latest book 'Honeybee', a heart-wrenching-coming-of-age tale about a young person, at His Majesty's theatre. This event would usually be $19, but pay what you can - from $0. Any amount you pay above the suggested ticket price will be used to ensure that other people are able to attend Festival events where cost is normally a barrier.

Julia Gillard - Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons

Julia Gillard discusses new book 'Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons' via livestream

  • Dates:Feb 20
  • Time(s):10.00am - 11.00am
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$15.00 - $19.00
  • Other:Author Talks,Lectures & Talks,Writers Festivals
  • Produced By:Perth Festival
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Description

As part of the Perth Festival Julia Gillard will appear via live stream at His Majesty's Theatre, discussing her new book co-authored by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons offers insights into the world of politics from the female perspectives of Jacinda Arden, Christine Legarde along with a host of other supremely qualified women.

Battye Rediscovered

Explore parts of the Battye library collection that have remained hidden until now.

  • Dates:Mar 26
  • Time(s):1PM - 2PM
  • Venue:State Library of WA

Details

  • Type:Free
  • Other:History,Lectures & Talks
  • Produced By:State Library of WA
  • Event Venue:State Library of WA
  • Hosted By:State Library of WA
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

The J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History holds a special place in the hearts of Western Australians. This new series of talks and tours will explore parts of the collection that have remained hidden; stories that help make WA the fascinating place it is today. From Fanny Balbuk to Dave Faulkner, these are the stories you will want to hear.

Image: Women and children at the zoo, c. 1885, Fanny Balbuk on the right | 025341PD

Capel Makers Trail

The lush green township of Capel is becoming a new hub of South West arts, crafts, and other hand-made creations with its second Capel Makers Trail.

  • Dates:May 21 - 23
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Time(s):9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Venue:Shire of Capel

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free,Workshops
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts,Video,Photography,Historical,Craft,Aboriginal,Drawing,Painting,Sculpture,Youth
  • Other:Arts & Crafts,Lectures & Talks
  • Hosted By:Hummingbird Promotions Inc.

Description

This new creative hub located in the Shire of Capel will host the second Capel Makers Trail, Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May 2021 9am - 5pm each day. Bringing the community together the Trail features Regional artists, sculptors and handcrafters displaying their unique works in their home studios and local community centres. Meet the makers, learn their stories and be inspired by Makers Making’. Even gain some hands-on experience using long forgotten skills. Along the Trail there are many opportunities to buy art and artisanal products.

Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 - Kalgoorlie

The annual Spectrum Space Symposium is a signature event for anyone with an interest in autism, its opportunities and challenges.

  • Dates:May 25
  • Time(s):7:30am - 5pm
  • Venue:Goldfields Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Spectrum Space
  • Ticket Price:$110 - $192
  • Type:Community,Workshops
  • Other:Symposia,Lectures & Talks

Description

The Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 brings together individuals on the spectrum, family members, carers, allied health professionals, service providers, educators, and anyone with an interest in autism, its strengths and challenges, and provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network. For the first time, we’re taking this unique event on the road to bring inspiring speakers, including those with lived experience, to three regional locations in Western Australia. Presentations will include keynote and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics designed to inform, inspire and engage. Keynote speakers include Andrew Whitehouse, Emma Goodall and Tom Tutton; as well as local lived experience. As the Symposium takes place during school hours in smaller communities, we are offering educators the option of attending for ½ day, to help with the challenge of sourcing and paying for relief teachers.

Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 - Geraldton

The annual Spectrum Space Symposium is a signature event for anyone with an interest in autism, its opportunities and challenges.

  • Dates:May 27
  • Time(s):7:30am - 5pm
  • Venue:Queens Park Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Spectrum Space
  • Ticket Price:$110 - $192
  • Type:Community,Workshops
  • Other:Symposia,Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Queens Park Theatre

Description

The Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 brings together individuals on the spectrum, family members, carers, allied health professionals, service providers, educators, and anyone with an interest in autism, its strengths and challenges, and provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network. For the first time, we’re taking this unique event on the road to bring inspiring speakers, including those with lived experience, to three regional locations in Western Australia. Presentations will include keynote and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics designed to inform, inspire and engage. Keynote speakers include Andrew Whitehouse, Emma Goodall and Tom Tutton; as well as local lived experience. As the Symposium takes place during school hours in smaller communities, we are offering educators the option of attending for ½ day, to help with the challenge of sourcing and paying for relief teachers.

Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 - Bunbury

The annual Spectrum Space Symposium is a signature event for anyone with an interest in autism, its opportunities and challenges.

  • Dates:May 29
  • Time(s):7:30am - 5pm
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Spectrum Space
  • Ticket Price:$110 - $192
  • Type:Community,Workshops
  • Other:Lectures & Talks,Symposia
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Description

The Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 brings together individuals on the spectrum, family members, carers, allied health professionals, service providers, educators, and anyone with an interest in autism, its strengths and challenges, and provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network. For the first time, we're taking this unique event on the road to bring inspiring speakers, including those with lived experience, to three regional locations in Western Australia. Presentations will include keynote and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics designed to inform, inspire and engage. Keynote speakers include Andrew Whitehouse, Emma Goodall and Tom Tutton; as well as local lived experience. As the Symposium takes place during school hours in smaller communities, we are offering educators the option of attending for ½ day, to help with the challenge of sourcing and paying for relief teachers.

Geoffrey Robertson QC - It's No Longer Hypothetical

Witness one of the world's leading human rights activists discuss the world's pressing cultural and political phenomenons from Trump-era governing to the royal family and Brexit.

  • Dates:Jun 1
  • Time(s):7.30pm to 10.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Ticket Price:$70.35
  • Other:Author Talks,Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Description

One of the world’s great minds brings it back home, to challenge fellow Australians and to explain what is happening in and to the world. This is a show that will give you an insight into Geoffrey Robertson’s life and famous cases, and his current crusade to restore cultural property to the people – including Indigenous Australians – from whom it has been stolen.

Geoffrey Robertson AO QC is a barrister, author and one-time host of “Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals” on the ABC. He is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers; now the largest human rights practice in Europe; where he has been a mentor to Amal Clooney, Jen Robinson, Keir Starmer and others.