Lotterywest funding announced


Hon. David Templeman MLA presents WAB with cheque for vital Lotterywest funding for significant community engagement programs throughout 2017.


After a presentation made yesterday by the newly appointed Minister for Culture and the Arts, The Hon. David Templeman MLA, West Australian Ballet is delighted to announce Lotterywest funding of $186,000 for various Access programs throughout 2017. These programs provide enriching ballet experiences to communities throughout metropolitan and regional WA with limited access to the arts.


“What I’m particularly impressed by is the world-class focus that this company has” said Minister Templeman. “When a beautiful, wonderful Company such as West Australian Ballet has the chance to engage with broader audience I just think that’s very special. I congratulate the Company, this grant is going to broaden audiences and expose even more people to the beauty of dance and the magnificent West Australian story that is the West Australian Ballet”


This funding enables an already considerable Access program to expand from a predominantly Metropolitan focus to include a more comprehensive outlook within regional WA.


Jessica Machin, WAB Executive Director, says “This funding is a crucial element in enabling the delivery of our organisation’s key focus areas. Without it, we would be unable to broaden our footprint into WA’s many thriving regional communities. At its heart, West Australian Ballet’s mission is ‘To enrich people’s lives through dance’.”


The funding will support the following programs:

Lotterywest Community Matinee Series: At two of WAB’s major seasons during 2017, a special mid-week matinee will be scheduled as a Lotterywest Community Matinee. WAB will conduct research into limitations people experience when accessing the arts and areas of disadvantage within the WA community to identify a ‘target’ area for each matinee. This program allows WAB to provide access to the arts to people experiencing specific limitations and points of disadvantage.

Jumpstart Dress Rehearsals, presented by Lotterywest: This program allows WAB to provide ongoing support for organisations addressing a wide variety needs within the community, enabling them to incorporate arts activities into their programs. The Access department will work with its growing database of community organisations to facilitate attendance at the final dress rehearsal for each of our four main-stage performance seasons.

Lotterywest Regional Engagement Program: This program allows the Company to provide access to the arts for people living in regional areas with limited access to the arts or experiencing disadvantage other than distance to services. The Lotterywest Regional Engagement Program will sit alongside the regional performance touring WAB is planning for 2017. The tour consists of performances of Don Quixote in Albany, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury throughout June/July 2017, following a season at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. For each performance, 20% of the audience will consist of people who have received complimentary tickets through the Program.


During the presentation at West Australian Ballet Centre yesterday, dancers and staff, and guests of WAB heard from the Minister and from key representatives from one of the organisations which gain a direct positive impact as a result of the confirmed funding.


“The goals of Richmond Wellbeing are to support mental health consumers on their recovery journey.” Says Katherine Walpole, Peer Support Worker, Richmond Wellbeing. “It is really hard to explain in words what an amazing effect [the program] has on our clients who live under such difficult conditions. It proves how important the arts are in our society and what a vital function they have in regards to health and wellbeing. I am so grateful that Lotterywest and WAB understand how important it is to make it accessible for all.”


Grants such as these are a direct result of the WA public purchasing Lotterywest lottery tickets, as the costs are filtered directly back into the WA community.