- Lotterywest grants $50,000 to City of Albany for Remembrance Day activities
- Arts projects will boost awareness of the peace resulting from First World War
Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today presented a $50,000 Lotterywest grant to the City of Albany to help fund two community arts projects commemorating the centenary of Armistice.
By Other Eyes: The Armistice Choral Project brings together Noongar Elders, returned servicemen and women, and community choirs to perform on Remembrance Day, November 11, within the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour art installation.
The State Government contributed $300,000 to support UK artist Bruce Munro’s installation via a Lotterywest grant. The installation, which is now open, sees 16,000 shining glass spheres in the colours of Australia and New Zealand’s national flowers light up the road approaching Albany’s Anzac Centre.
The Armistice Choral Project will be presented by the Vancouver Arts Centre in conjunction with Matt Reuben, James Ward and the Vocal Performance Initiative, and supported by the West Australian Opera.
The performance, to be broadcast on radio and live-streamed on social media, will also be provided to the State Archives and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
The A Light Shade of Red youth project is a free multimedia exhibition on the theme of remembrance, created by 30 young people.
The project, presented by Annette Carmichael Projects, offers training opportunities in performance, choreography and photography, and the exhibition will be held at Albany Town Hall from November 10.
The Centenary of Armistice – 100 years since the announcement of the end of the First World War – primarily acknowledges the service of all Australians involved in the First World War and reminds us of the service and sacrifice of Australians in wars and peace keeping operations.
As stated by Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:
“It’s wonderful to support the City of Albany in providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with this important historical event.
“More than 41,000 Australian men and women sailed from King George Sound to join the First World War marking Albany as a significant site in this period of Australia’s war history.”
As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
“These community-led projects, that acknowledge remembrance through song, dance and visual arts, are important contributions to our identity as a State and a nation.
“They help ensure that our collective understanding of the Great War’s impact on our society is carried through the generations and help us to remember the service and sacrifice of our ancestors.”