Western Australia

Please note: this information is intended as a guide only. It is not exhaustive and only describes organisations or projects by their primary function. For up-to-date information, please refer to the hyperlinked websites.

Arts Funding and Advisory Bodies

Country Arts WA

Country Arts WA is one of a number of organisations providing funding for a wide range of arts projects and programs in regional Western Australia.

For details about other Country Arts WA grants visit the website or contact the appropriate Country Arts WA staff member on regional freecall 1800 811 883 or 08 9200 6200.

The Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia

Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia (DCAWA) has a range of programs to support artists at various stages of their careers.

For more information please visit www.dca.wa.gov.au.  

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) has a research and development fund available for Western Australian independent artists, artistic teams and small companies collaborating across disciplines, technologies and/or art forms towards the creation of new hybrid work. The research and development fund seeks to provide creative research and development opportunities and to invigorate and strengthen hybrid practice in Western Australia.

For more information visit the PICA website

Propel Youth Arts WA 

Young people 26 years and under can apply for a YCulture Metro grant of up to $3000 to pay for many things such as venue hire, professional fess, material costs, admin costs and much more.

Previous YCulture Metro projects include a visual arts group exhibition of young artists aged 16- 18 in metropolitan Perth, photography workshops for 16- 25 year olds in Joondalup, an all-ages gig for young music lovers in Fremantle. Visit the Propel website to find a listing of other YCulture projects happening in the local community on their website. YCulture Metro has no funding rounds which means you can apply at any time.


Ausdance WA

As well as ongoing projects such as Future Moves (professional contemparary dance) and Future Landings (community dance) Ausdance WA run annual events which include Dance Dialects (with Kulcha Multicultural Arts of WA), Country Week Dance (regional schools) and the West Australian Dance Awards (professional artists working in WA). They also have three beautifully appointed dance studios that are available for hire.

Find out more about Ausdance WA on their website.  

Training, Research and Development Centres


STRUT dance is a choreographic development centre and the main support organisation for contemporary dance in Western Australia 

STRUT has a professional development program for its members, which includes weekly technique classes, regular master classes, workshops and information sessions with visiting artists or artists from allied arts practices.

For more information visit the STRUT website

Mentorships and Residencies

SEED Residencies

Through funding from WA Department of Culture and the Arts Future Moves initiative, STRUT is able to offer support to independent choreographers in WA through a series of SEED residencies.

These residencies provide specific support for choreographers in the initial 'seed' stage of their projects, allowing them to explore their ideas in the studio towards the creation of new work.

STRUT provides support to professional independent contemporary dance artists based in WA through specific programs and occasionally on an ad-hoc project basis. If you have any questions contact Producer, Jo Pickup. 

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