Arts and Cultural Guide 2022-23

The City of Joondalup is proud to present the 2022-23 cultural program celebrating all the visual and performing arts activities on offer throughout this upcoming season.

The City’s cultural program provides an opportunity for the community to access world-class events, exhibitions, workshops and programs across every art form.

After two seasons of COVID-19 impacting programming and disrupting public event delivery, the 2022-23 season endeavours to represent a new chapter and return to adventurous artistic programming and hosting local, national and international artists in Joondalup. What underpins the artistic program is our intention to present work by our local community, produce performances and exhibitions for the community and co-design work with the community.


To keep up to date, sign-up to the Arts in Focus eNewsletter.

To ensure we are delivering COVID Safe events, the City will take direction from the State Government on any restrictions that may be in effect at the time.

Completion of Visual Art Commission 2020/21 by Paul Kaptein

Sculptor Paul Kaptein has completed his commission for the City of Joondalup’s Visual Art Commission program.

The finished artwork is a beautifully crafted, carved timber bust featuring nautical imagery in detailed relief designs.

As a starting reference point for his artwork, Paul researched the ‘Centaur’ shipwreck (located in Marmion Marine Park) as he explored the themes of marine symbology, ancient mythology, international manufacture, global transits, as well as local shipwreck history and coastal sites.

Paul’s sculptural practice is largely expressed through woodcarving. For this commission, he was interested in the relationship of his contemporary arts practice and its relationship with the ship building tradition – specifically carved figureheads and how they are used to reveal something about the identity of the ship, it’s crew and purpose.

In 2019, Paul was the Overall Winner of the City of Joondalup Invitation Art Prize. The new commission will be a fitting accompaniment to his 2019 winning artwork Mute Figure #10 (Sunset Selfies at The Great Attractor) in the City’s Art Collection.

The artwork will be installed in the foyer of the Council Chambers before being rotated to City Libraries and other City Buildings later in the year.

Title: Mute Figure #11 (the tide to the stars and back again), 2021

Artist: Paul Kaptein

Medium: Laminated hand carved wood and graphite

Size (H x W x D): 51cm x 48cm x 27cm

Public Art Collection

Public Art Collection

The City delivers a Public Art program that contributes to creating a sense of place, promotes the expression of local identity, and reflects on the shared values of the community.

Public Art is an artwork that has been created by an artist for public display and located in a publicly accessible place, usually outdoors or as part of a civic building such as a library, streetscape or parks.

Public art is designed to celebrate or reflect upon specific values and principles that are shared by a community, and in general, Public Art strives to accentuate and interpret these values in an artistic way, often defining and enhancing the environment in which they are situated.

The City has a significant collection of Public Artwork acquired since 1998. The Public Art Collection now boasts over 22 artworks.

Completion of Visual Art Commission 2019/20 by Dr Helen Pynor

The recently completed visual art commission by Dr Helen Pynor has been installed in the Woodvale Library. Titled Capacity 1,2 & 3, the photographic lightbox series explores the transformation of the body through different states, and the body’s capacity for change and transformation. The work is in-part autobiographical but harks to broader themes about the human experience. The series was prompted by the artist’s own hip condition and recent hip replacement surgery. It was developed after the artist undertook a seven-week residency at the City of Joondalup in 2018. The artist observed, researched and engaged with individuals and organisations experiencing / supporting those with spinal chord injuries and other mobility disabilities during her visit. This connection with the community provided the artist with new understandings of how to live in and make a relationship with, a ‘non normative’ body. A powerful theme that emerged from these dialogues was the creative and resourceful ways that individuals integrate their disabilities into new and innovative social, cultural and creative identities. This artwork builds on the artist’s previous creative exploration of the ontology of human and non-human bodies. Imagery draws on the artist’s own personal X-Ray and CT scans, qraphic elements such as text (technical and graphic language used in medical scans), dashes (referencing the act of surgery itself), smoke (symbolising the transformational processes of change, incorporation and healing) and black space (defining spatial qualities of the medical imaging process). The lightboxes emanate their own internal glowing light source to reiterate the idea of ‘translucency’. Capacity 1,2 & 3 are part of a larger series by the artist that will tour nationally in the exhibition Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art 2021-2023 which opened in Hobart, Tasmania in April 2021.

Visual Art Commission Awarded to Christopher Pease

The City of Joondalup has awarded a major art commission to leading Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun artist, Christopher Pease, to create a new artwork for the City’s art collection in 2021/22. Pease’s painting practice examines library records, archive documents and colonial imagery, as the foundation for work which compares and contrasts historical documentation with contemporary Nyoongar narratives. His paintings often comprise references to western culture superimposed over scenes of traditional Indigenous ways of living and interacting with nature. Pease has received national and international recognition for his work which is held in major national art collections. For the Joondalup commission, Pease proposes to develop a work based on research of historical documents, maps and imagery of the Joondalup area, looking at the importance of country to Aboriginal inhabitants to facilitate a meaningful dialogue with viewers about the rich and contested history of the region. The completed artwork will be a significant addition to the Art Collection, placed on display within City of Joondalup public buildings.

Joondalup Festival

Joondalup Festival

Joondalup Festival 2022

It was promised that the show would go on and go on it did!

The Joondalup Festival’s three-week program recently wound up, farewelling the City’s 2022 celebration of culture and community on the coast at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

After COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the Joondalup Festival in 2020 and 2021, the City was looking forward to bringing the much-loved event back in 2022.

However, the WA Government’s announcement of upgraded Level 2 public health and social measures throughout March resulted in significant changes to the Festival program.

But while some eagerly-anticipated events were postponed or cancelled, including Music in the Park, Wundabaa Gaay-Galgaa (Ghost Stories), A Gala Evening with West Australian Ballet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, many other Festival events went ahead as scheduled.

The Festival Hub at Hillarys Boat Harbour attracted thousands of visitors each day as the crowds flocked to visit ENESS’ installations Lost Dogs’ Disco and I Believe Swings, as well as local artist Sean Adamas’ stunning public artwork hART – My Neighbourhood.

A total of 49,000 people attended the Festival over the three-week period, and some 260 artists across more than 40 Festival events revealed countless moments of beauty, joy and provocation.

The planning for 2023 has already begun and the City hopes to present a full program to residents and visitors.

The 2022 Joondalup Festival was made possible by funding partner Lotterywest, venue partners Hillarys Boat Harbour and Westfield Whitford City, and media partners Channel Seven, The West Australian and Nova937.

The hART – My Neighbourhood project was supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Culture and the Arts (WA) and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery — 2021 to 2022 funding program.

Check out the Joondalup Festival website for the 2023 program to be launched later this year.




Cultural Plan — Shaping a Creative City

Cultural Plan — Shaping a Creative City

In January – March 2020, the City of Joondalup undertook community consultation to help develop a Cultural Plan. The City wants to better understand the needs and types of cultural events, services and facilities its residents enjoy.

Your feedback will be used to plan for the future, shaping a Creative City that supports cultural and arts opportunities.

For further information, visit the Community Consultation section of the City’s website at or contact the City’s Cultural Services team on 9400 4912 or via email.

Venues Guide

Venues Guide

This publication is a  guide to galleries, event spaces, cultural sites and performance venues within the City of Joondalup.

With 17kms of pristine coastline, more than 300 parks and reserves, an award-winning marina, some of Perth’s best beaches and leading retail destinations, there is something for everyone in the City of Joondalup. The City also boasts a range of cultural spaces including galleries, exhibition spaces, performing arts spaces and studios for lease, rent or hire.

This guide has been developed as a starting point to help you find the space you are looking for. Please note some of the venues contained in this database are privately owned and operated and further information will need to be obtained directly with the venue. If you operate a venue within the City and would like to be featured in this publication please contact the City to provide information for inclusion.


Hidden Garden Stage

Hidden Garden Stage

Nestled under the trees in the Hidden Garden is another stage with even more amazing musical acts! Grab a drink in the licenced space, sit back and relax by the stage.

Friday 3 April 2020 6.15pm – 6.45pm Grace Sanders Band
7.00pm – 8.00pm Stone Cold Super Friends
8.15pm – 9.00pm Parahnanahs
Saturday 4 April 2020 12.00pm – 12.45pm Matt Burke
12.45pm – 1.30pm Surreal McCoy
2.00pm – 2.45pm Savannah Solomon
3.15pm – 4.00pm Emerging Artist Spot- Bethany O’Brien and Half Star Hotel
4.15pm – 5.00pm Leah Grant TBC
5.00pm – 5.45pm Surreal McCoy / Candy Girls
6.00pm – 6.45pm Turin Robinson
7.00pm – 8.45pm Jonny Nandez Hammond Explosion
9.00pm – 10.00pm Material World Orchestra
Sunday 5 April 2020 12.00pm – 1.00pm Matt Burke
1.00pm – 1.30pm Surreal McCoy
2:00pm – 2:45pm Dharshini Dee Muru
3.00pm – 4.00pm Emerging Artist Spot- Sofia Hourani and Ladey
4.15pm – 5.00pm Black Robin
5.15pm – 6.00pm Tango Noir
6.15pm – 7.00pm Johanna Grace Trio

Katy Steele

Katy Steele

Friday 3 April 2020  Container Bar 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Saturday 4 April 2020  Container Bar 6.45pm – 10.00pm


On Friday and Saturday night the Container Bar in the Lotteries House Car Park (accessible from Boas Avenue) will be DJ’d by accomplished Perth artist Katy Steele, who will be playing Indie pop-rock. Overlooking one of the main attractions Strange Fruit and right next door to the Pink Flamingo pop-up venue, the Container Bar will be the place to be on Friday and Saturday night.

Community Stage

Community Stage

Local community groups and musicians will take to the outdoor stage at the Joondalup Library Children’s Venue.

Stay tuned for a full schedule.


Patrick Marmion Memorial

In 1837, two whaling companies started up at Fremantle. Patrick Marmion was able to gain the license to operate one of the whaling companies in 1848, upon which he assumed the impressive title of ‘master whaler’. He failed to retain the license for the 1849 season and immediately petitioned Governor Fitzgerald for permission to establish a whaling station several kilometres north of Fremantle in what is now Sorrento. The petition was quickly granted and a shore whaling station was built on ten acres of leased crown land in 1849. Shore whaling involved rowing small shore-based chaser boats to intercept migrating whales. If the whaling crew was successful, they towed the dead whales back to shore for processing. The whaling station operated for three years. In 1852, it was permanently abandoned.

Bennyowlee Memorial site

Bennyowlee (Bee-nee-yowl-ee) was a senior Juat tribesman and Uncle of Kaiber. He was a guide to explorer George Grey. Bennyowlee was a philosopher who believed in reconciliation.

Art Commission

Art Commission

A range of permanent, semi-permanent or temporary artworks are commissioned through the variety of programs offered by the City of Joondalup, including the Mural Arts, Artist in Residence, Public Art, and the Inside-Out Billboard Projects.

To guide the delivery of public art projects that contribute to creating a sense of place, promote the expression of local identity, and reflect on the shared values of the community, the City adopted a Public Art Policy on all refurbishments of City-owned properties or new developments where the overall project costs are over $1,000,000 in 2017.

In addition, Western Australian, national and international artists are commissioned to produce a new artworks for City’s art collection. In most instances commissions are procured through a public call out to artists for their Expression of Interest. Proposals are considered against selection criteria that are unique to each call out.



Community Funding (Arts and Culture)

Community Funding (Arts and Culture)

he Community Funding Program provides financial support to incorporated community groups to conduct projects, programs, events or activities that benefit the City of Joondalup community.

The program provides two levels of funding, with large grants (greater than $10,000) offered annually and small grants ($10,000 and lower) offered bi-annually.

Applications are currently closed. The next funding round will open on Monday 1 August 2022.

Eligibility criteria

All applications for the Community Funding Program must meet the following criteria:

  • The project, program, event or activity that funding is being sought for must benefit or service the City of Joondalup community.
  • The project, program, event or activity must align with one or more of the Community Funding Program Priorities.
  • The project, program, event or activity has NOT received financial support through another funding program from the City within the same financial year.
  • The applicant must be incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 2015 (or other Australian State Government Incorporations Act).

Funding priorities

Applicants must address at least one of the four funding priorities:

  • Strengthen Community Participation
  • Encourage Connected Communities
  • Promote Healthy and Active Lifestyles
  • Build Resilient and Sustainable Communities

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. The next funding round will open on Monday 1 August 2022.

Applications are submitted online via SmartyGrants, and can only be made when funding rounds are open. Applicants must first contact the program administrator to discuss the project, program, event or activity before submitting an application. Applications can be saved at any time, and revised until you are ready to submit the form.

Please read the Community Funding Program Guidelines (available to download below) for full program details. For more information please contact the Fund Administrator on 9400 4918 or via email at

Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City

Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City is a major shopping centre in the City. It is located next to Grand Boulevard, approximately 100 metres from Joondalup railway station.

Arts in Focus

Arts in Focus

The Arts in focus award is awarded to a local artist at the City’s Community Art Exhibition. The Award provides $500.00 and support for the development of a solo exhibition.

Dianne Lofts-Taylor, the winner of the 2020 Award, will exhibit Transient Reflections in November 2021.

Further information will be released soon.


Arts Development Scheme

Arts Development Scheme

Arts Development Scheme image

Apply for up to $10,000 to develop new audiences in Joondalup

The City has a vibrant cultural life with an annual cultural calendar of events including concerts, festivals, art exhibitions and a host of community events. The Arts Development Scheme was established to attract visiting companies to Joondalup to build audiences in the northern corridor of Perth.

Projects may be any performing arts initiative that engages the community and meets the funding criteria. Examples include workshops, theatre performances, community cultural development and concerts.

Applications for 2022 funding have now closed.

To keep in the loop with updates and future funding rounds, sign up to the City’s Arts in Focus Newsletter.


Mural Arts

Mural Arts

The City’s Mural Arts Program aims to introduce a range of mural styles that reflect the diversity of the community’s aspirations and tastes.

It builds on and promotes the character and identity of the Joondalup region by running two annual programs:

  • Artist-driven mural programs, whereby an artist is commissioned to install a mural in reference to the location and the surrounding community. This is through a curated shortlisting process.
  • Community-driven murals involve engaging the community through programs such as the City’s Schools Connections Program in the design and installation of the mural.

Previous commissioned artists include Amok Island, Horatio T. Birdbath, Hayley Welsh, and Esty Nagy.

Image: ‘Rain Bird’, 2020 by Kerise Delcoure at Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup

Falklands Park, Kinross
Edges by Darren Hutchens 2021

As part of the City’s annual Mural Arts Program, Darren Hutchens was commissioned to produce this mural Edges in December 2021. Edges responds to the theme of the Edge inspired by a collaboration with Edge Youth Centre, the coastal location, and local flora and fauna.