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Applause: latest funding and awards announced

Madelena Rehorek’s Kaif is a semi-finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2019.

2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalists announced

The semi-finalists for the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has been revealed with approximately 3000 photographs submitted for consideration. The judges have narrowed the submissions down to 230 semi-finalists. 

2019 judge Stephen Dupont said, ‘Judging this year’s semi finalists was an epic challenge. It’s a bit like holding your breath underwater and each time you come up for air you are graced with a surprising and poetic moment in Australian photography.’


The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has prize money of $100,000, including a $50,000 first prize. The finalists will be announced on 3 April with the finalist exhibition to open at Juniper Hall 4 May until 2 June. The winner will be announced 7 May.

A selection of the semi-finalists and their works are:

Madelena RehorekKaif; Brian Cassey, Tomotaro on the block; Adam Ferguson, Drought 2; Michele Aboud, Daniel; Tamara Dean, Dean Jack 0; Emma Phillips, Untitled; Brydie Piaf, Sunday; Nathan Stolz, Joanne and Anthony; Mark Rafferty, Bronson; Toby Zerna, Ballet Boots; Liz Ham, Self Portait with First Born 2018; Sam Harris, Uma & Yali; Matthew Abbott, Breaky before dawn; James Kerr, At the shopping centre carpark; Ryan Stuart, Storm Mundi Mundi; Wayne Quilliam, Cultural Evolution, and Paul Blackmore, Heat.

To view the full list of 230 semi-finalists visit:

Indie Book award winners celebrated

The Australian Independent Bookseller has announced the winners of the 2019 Indie Book Awards with the Book of the Year Award going to Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia).

The judges commented that: ‘Dalton’s characters and writing style are what make this book the standout. The language and phrasing used truly evoke a sense of place and time, and the numerous anecdotes and smaller details connect you to a cast of unique characters that are difficult to forget.’

The Indie Book Awards celebrate Australian authors and are judged by independent booksellers nationally.

This year’s winners are:

Overall Winner: Book Of The Year: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)

Fiction Winner: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (Picador Australia)

Non-Fiction Winner: The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House Australia)

Debut Fiction Winner: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)

Illustrated Non-Fiction Winner: Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton (Hardie Grant Travel)

Children’s Winner: Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)

Young Adult Winner: A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin).

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2018 Performing Arts WA Awards nominees revealed

Performing Arts WA has announced its theatre and dance nominations for the 2018 Performing Arts WA Awards. 

This year has seen the highest number of awards presented with 23 categories and 111 nominations of work presented throughout 2018 across categories including best actors, best dancers, newcomers, directors, productions, sound and lighting designs, compositions and costumes. 

Monica Main, Chair, Performing Arts WA, said: ‘Our objective is to give our professional performing arts community the awards it expects and deserves.’

The 2018 Performing Arts WA Awards gala event will be held on 29 April at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

A selection of the nominations: 

Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production: Hir, Black Swan State Theatre Company; Stay With Us, The Last Great Hunt; Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Black Swan State Theatre Company; Xenides, Black Swan State Theatre Company, and You Know We Belong Together, A Black Swan, Perth Festival and DADAA Co-Production.

Best Independent Production: Frankie’s, The Blue Room Theatre & Variegated Productions; godeatgod, The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights & Squid Vicious; The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish, The Blue Room Theatre & Frieda, Sam & Friends; Let me finish, The Blue Room Theatre & Charlotte Otton, and Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes, The Blue Room Theatre & Renegade Productions.

To view all the nominations visit:

2019 Victorian Design Challenge winners revealed

The NGV has revealed the winners of the 2019 Victorian Design Challenge – the Waste Challenge, which this year focused on reducing, recovering and eliminating waste.

The Victorian Design Challenge is an annual competition that provokes designers to respond to significant issues that Victoria, Australia and the world faces.

Chaired by Craig Reucassal from ABC’s War on Waste finalists presented ideas ranging from disposable plates made of lettuce to geopolymer cement made using fly ash.

The winners for the 2019 Victorian Design Challenge are:

Professional: Studio Periscope, consisting of Lisa Oaten, Robert Sim and George Berry. Studio Periscope presented Rollie, a piece of play equipment that enables students to aerate compost, while having fun. The winners will receive $15,000 to realise the winning idea plus NGV Prize Packs for listed team members.

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Tertiary: Maddison Ryder: RMIT student Maddison Ryder presented Lettuce Eat, a series of single use plates made from waste iceberg lettuce that are immediately biodegradable. The winner will receive $5,000 to realise the winning idea, the Exclusive Growth Accelerator workshop, and six hours of mentorship sessions delivered by EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services.

Secondary and Primary School: Mill Park Library Makers Club: Twelve students from the Mill Park Library Makers Club presented Robot Walking School Bus, a robot designed to pick up students from their homes and take them to school, as well as carrying organic waste that the children bring out from their homes. Winners receive one-day tailored learning package at the NGV for up to 50 students.

The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing winner celebrated

The NGV has announced Amsterdam publisher, Van Zoetendaal Publishers as the winner of the Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing.

Van Zoetendaal Publishers receive $15,000 for their book STUFF – Catalogue Archaeological Finds Amsterdam’s North/South Metro Line. 

In 2003, the city of Amsterdam uncovered 700,000 objects while draining and excavating a canal for a new metro line. Written by Jerzy Gawronski & Peter Kranendonk, STUFF – Catalogue Archaeological Finds Amsterdam’s North/South Metro Line features photographs by Harold Strak of 15,000 of the most intriguing objects.

Actress of the Year winner in Women in Film announced

Actress Tracey Birdsall has won Actress of the Year at the Women in Film Forum, presented by WeLink Media Groups, at the United Nations.

Birdsall, star of such films as Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter and Who’s Jenna..? was presented with the award at the Delegates Room Dining Hall at the UN on 15 March.

The Women In Film Forum, initiated by WIFF founder Ira Houston in cooperation with the United Nations, was first held last year during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Now a permanent part of CSW, the forum this year invited some of the world’s most influential women filmmakers and artists from all around the world to participate.

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2019 Quest winners: (L-R) Isaac Smalley, Sofia Hourani, Tex Holmes and Jye Criddle with Patron, Kav Temperley (centre). Photo by HK Photography.

Fairbridge Festival Youth songwriting competition Winners revealed

Hosted at Churchlands Senior High School, the final of the 2019 Act-Belong-Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest competition has been announced. Twelve short-listed acts competed for four prizes including performing live on the Backlot stage on 28 April at this year’s Fairbridge Festival.

Fairbridge Festival’s governing body FolkWorld Inc nurtures young songwriting talent in WA with the Quest competition supporting emerging talent, and providing a springboard to launch them into a music career.

The 2019 winners are:

The 12-15 category

Song Craft: Tex Holmes (John Curtin College of the Arts) for ‘Fire in Freo Prison’

Song Performance: Sofia Hourani (Fremantle College) for ‘Learn Our Names’

The 16-18 category

Song Performance: Jye Criddle (Halls Head Community College) for ‘Run Cold’ 

Song Craft: Isaac Smalley (Fremantle College) for ‘What Remains of Marie Claire’.

The Australian Interior Design Awards shortlist revealed

The Australian Interior Design Awards has announced the shortlisted projects for the 2019 awards with the Bille Brown Theatre, designed by architects Conrad Gargett, shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards Public Design category.

Delivered by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and Architecture Media’s Artichoke magazine, the awards program celebrates innovation and ingenuity in interior design across the residential, public and commercial sectors.

To see the full shortlist visit:


Playwright Jane Bodie has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Lysicrates Prize for her play Tell Me You Love Me, co-presented by Griffin Theatre Company and The Lysicrates Foundation.

Bodie is an internationally renowned playwright and screenwriter. Her plays, including Lamb, Savage, Music, Hinterland, This Year’s Ashes, A Single Act, Still, Ride and Fourplay have been performed worldwide. Brodie won the Victorian Premier Literary Award in 2006 for A Single Act and a Green Room Award in 2003 for Still. Now in its fifth year, the prize celebrates the best new Australian writing. Tell Me You Love Me was shortlisted alongside Leviathan by Julian Larnach and Appropriate by Katy Warner. Bodie will now receive a full commission of $15,000 to finish the play.

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