The University of Western Australia is about to shake off the winter gloom and come alive with a program of arts, culture, music and theatre events for this year’s WINTERarts 2015.
Presented by the UWA Cultural Precinct, WINTERarts celebrates the best of arts and culture in WA and provides rare access to the university’s artists, academics and resources. With nearly 50 exhibitions, workshops, performances and more, this year’s WINTERarts program is the biggest so far.
UWA Cultural Precinct Director, Professor Ted Snell, who led the charge in organising the first WINTERarts calendar back in 2009, says the program originally came about as a way to solve a problem.
“The UWA campus in winter is too cold, too quiet and too empty – that was the feedback we were getting before the first WINTERarts," says Professor Snell, “We decided to take that as an opportunity to do something that celebrates the arts in WA and gives people a chance to explore and experience the university’s striking campus at a time when students are away on their semester break.
“This year we’re very excited to be putting on more events than ever before – many of which are free - and welcome all Western Australians to experience some of the best arts, culture, music and theatre their state has to offer.”
This year’s WINTERarts program includes:
Behind the scenes insight and guided tours of the latest exhibitions at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Literary workshops on writing dramatic dialogue and quality criticism.
Artist-led workshops on drawing, watercolours and photography.
Free concerts from some of WA’s best young musicians and their mentors.
Lectures by internationally renowned speakers on art, human rights and how reading changes the way we think.
A full program of kids’ activities, including hands-on art workshops, music classes and children’s theatre.
To commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli, WINTERarts 2015 has been extended to incorporate a series of exhibitions, concerts, lectures and activities scheduled throughout August to coincide with significant events in the campaign. This includes events ranging from an exhibition on the geology of war, to a presentation of Benjamin Britten’s rarely performed War Requiem, featuring a 100-piece orchestra, more than 125 adult voices and a children’s choir.
The Cultural Precinct is the University of Western Australia’s cultural hub, supporting the music, theatre, exhibition programs and broader arts and cultural events that take place throughout the year.
Conceived as a ‘park with buildings’, UWA is arguably one of the most beautiful campuses in Australia. Sited throughout its heritage-listed gardens are many sculptures, murals and notable buildings, including the Octagon & Dolphin theatres, the Sunken Garden, Somerville Auditorium and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. This fusion of culture, nature and learning provides visitors with an experience unique in Western Australia.
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