Arts development partnerships

Creating vibrancy, celebrating culture and bringing opportunity to the region, the City partners with leading Western Australian arts organisations as part of the City of Karratha’s Arts Development & Events Three Year Plan 2020 – 2022.  

Karratha School Performances

2020 - 2023 

Each year Barking Gecko Theatre takes over the Red Earth Arts Precinct to present a series of free theatre performances for school children. Audiences were delighted at performances of House in 2021, and can look forward to seeing The Great Un-wondering of Wilbur Whittaker during Term 2 in 2022. 

This partnership is supported by Woodside Energy. 


Karratha Theatre Development Program

1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023 

This three-year partnership leads the vision to develop new, Western Australian theatre works reflecting life in the City of Karratha, which involve our residents in their production.  

Works will be produced by Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA, adding to their program touring Karratha, across regional WA and nationally for years to come.  The first production in this series, Every Brilliant Thing, was released in August 2021.  

The program will involve regular residencies and the commissioning of a new work from the region, with a Black Swan State Theatre Company production to be presented each year.  

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The Pilbara Survey

1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022 

The Pilbara Survey was a professional development and commissioning project involving FORM’s engagement with five Aboriginal Art Groups.  

Three of these groups operate in the City of Karratha: Yinjaa Barni Art, Cheeditha Artists and Juluwarlu Aboriginal Art Group, along with Martumili Artists in Newman and Spinifex Hill Artists in Port Hedland.   

The project has involved the Pilbara Survey Art Clinic Program and exhibitions.   

Ngardamarri, featuring works by Cheeditha, Juluwarlu and Yinjaa-Barni artists was presented at the Goods Shed in Claremont in September 2021, and Tracks We Share was presented at the Art Gallery of Western Australian from March to September 2022.  

Perth Festival

Perth Festival took the 2022 Festival out of the city and around the state through its Touring WA program.

Powered by this partnership, Perth Festival programs toured to the Red Earth Arts Precinct for REAF 2022. Program highlights included a performance of Jali by Oliver Twist, presented in the Red Earth Arts Precinct theatre, and a selection of Lotterywest Films were shown outdoors on The Shelf at Red Earth Arts Precinct. 

Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation.  

•    Karratha New Music Development Program – Mini Mozart
•    Pilbara Regional Engagement Program – A professional production will be presented at the Red Earth Arts Precinct every two years of the partnership, with children’s production Peter and the Wolf and a Gala Evening with the West Australian Ballet being planned for March 2023.

Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation.  

Karratha New Music Development Program

1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023

Leading the vision for building opportunities for Western Australian musicians, conductors, composers and music producers from the City, the Karratha New Music Development Program aims to support artists to create new music, perform in the City of Karratha and share their music from our region with other areas of WA.  

The program includes community engagement, regular residences, and online musician workshops.   

Each year of the partnership, a professional Perth Symphony Orchestra production will be presented at the Red Earth Arts Precinct. The first of these was Mini Mozart in October 2021. 

Pilbara Regional Engagement Program

1 July 2021 to 31 December 2023

West Australian Ballet will provide five to seven weeks of in-school activity, Karratha Youth Dance Collective training and a range of community activities each year through this partnership.  

Community activities will include masterclasses, adult ballet classes, storytime adventures in community settings and the Project 10 program: a theatre activation program aimed at young people in Year 10 and above, offering them the opportunity to experience being part of a performance.  

West Australian Ballet will also provide technical Internship opportunities each year that they are presenting performances in Karratha.   

A professional production will be presented at the Red Earth Arts Precinct each year of the partnership, with the next being planned a Gala and children’s production in March 2023. 


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