heart of the community

heart of the community

Regional arts have the power to change lives

heart of the community shines a bright spotlight on the unsung heroes who harness the power of the arts to inspire, celebrate and connect their local towns.

This collection of stories, centered around 15 prominent regional West Australian arts organisations, provides insight into the regional arts sector, and pays homage to those heroes who live in every regional community.

Featuring Wilurarra Creative, Theatre Kimberley, The Junction Co., The Cannery Arts Centre, Southern Forest Arts, Southern Edge Arts, Rave About Arts, North Midlands Project, Ku’arlu Mangga, Creality, Esperance Community Arts, Denmark Arts, Beverley Station Arts, ArtSouthWA and Arts Narrogin. Foreword written by Kate Fielding.

Read the book online

heart of the community has been created as a free resource for anyone who is interested in the WA regional arts sector.

Click Read Now to access the PDF copy of the book. To download, click the Download PDF button (the cloud with a down arrow icon) on the bottom right hand side of the screen.

If you would like to help us in our goal to create a strong, healthy and connected regional WA, please consider making a donation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.


The stories in this book have been centered around fifteen prominent arts organisations in WA, who are supported through the Regional Arts Sector Investment (RASI) program. The Regional Arts Sector Investment program is funded by the State Government and is delivered by Regional Arts WA.

This long-term arts and culture investment delivers annual initiatives and events, local employment in arts and culture organisations, and boosts jobs for professional artists and arts workers delivering creative projects within regional WA communities.

The 2021-24 program is supported with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Royalties for Regions funded Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program.







Regional Arts WA
project coordination, writing, editing and design

Sarah-Jayne Eeles
writing and interviewing

Kate Fielding

Anton Blume
cover photo

Regional Arts WA would like to thank the following people for sharing their stories, time and skills with us.

Ainsley Foulds
Amber Launay
Andre Steyl
Andrea Totten
Andrew Bowman-Bright
Anne Sorenson
Annette Carmichael
Annette Sellers
Anton Blume
Brad Flett
Brett (BJ) Jennings
Brittany Norton
Casey Thornton
Colleen Drage
Deborah Grant
Fiona Sinclair
Jael Johnson
Jane Mulcock
Jennell Reynolds
Jenny Broun
Joo Tan
Katie Evans
Katie Witt
Ken Mills
Kira Rikkers
Kyron (Kyza) Smithson
Lesley Marsh
Marcell Billinghurst
Marika Gilla
Mauretta Drage
Megan Lemon
Meredith Bell
Merry Robertson
Nat Dann
Nelson Gilmour
Nic Duncan
Oscar McCosker
Patrycja Rosinska
Pauline Knight
Phillipa Butler
Raquel Tacey
Renee Wingfield
Robyn Spencer
Ruby Hughes
Sarah Miller
Sarsby Martin
Silvano Giardano
Theaker von Ziarno


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