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WAMFest Digital Exhibition – 100 Years of Music in Western Australia

9 Oct

WAMFest’s Digital Exhibition – 100 Years of Music in Western Australia
State Library of Western Australia | Tuesday 22nd October – Sunday 3rd November 2019

WAM, in partnership with the State Library of Western Australia, are excited to present a digital exhibition of images that represent 100 years of music in WA as part of the WAMFest celebrations.

The digital exhibition aims to capture the feeling of the times, and a representation of the artists and live music spaces that have contributed to WA’s culture of contemporary music. The photos curated for the project will capture the changes in music and feel across the years. The exhibition will be presented in a relaxed and informal setting, encouraging visitors to drop in and out as they choose across the many run-times on offer over the week, that represent the past 100 years of music.

The exhibition will traverse the years, starting off with an image of The Perth Banjo Team from 12926, and Betty Speiga (pianist) and her band at the Embassy Ballroom; touching down in Scarborough and the infamous Snake Pit in the 1950s; moving through the teen beat era and the Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds competitions; moving through into the 70s with legendary names such as Fatty Lumpkin, Bakery and Ssarb; emerging in the 80s through the burgeoning cover band scene, running parallel with Perth’s strong and prolific alternative scene; through the indie rock 90s and beyond, into today’s contemporary music community.

Curated by Jacquie Kelly, Joe Coci, Chris O’Halloran and guided by SLWA’s Adam Trainer and WAM’s very own Georgia Kennedy. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 22nd October and runs until the closing of WAMFest 2019 on Sunday 3rd November in the State Library foyer.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.