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 Semaphore is a newsletter and publishing project about art fromWestern Australia | Semaphore is a collaborative project and practice | Semphore enters into a dialogue with art from its rooted location of Boorloo on Noongar Country |


Frames of Reference

A project by Semaphore presented by DADAA and the Perth Festival as part of the Fair Isle exhibition

For the last six months Semaphore has been in the process of reflection and planning for the future. Frames of Reference is a project about how creative work grows from initial ideas and personal practices, into collectives, groups, and projects larger than were originally imagined.

Through a practice of conversation-based, community consultation and writing, we have been gathering information over these past months—and into the forseeable future—from industry leaders, peers and community members regarding processes for supporting arts practice in WA. 

For more information about Frames of Reference and an ongoing archive of these exchanges, please see here ︎

Arts Writing Group

A collective of Semaphore writers

The Arts Writing Group was first initiated in 2019 for the 2020 Perth Festival. This collaboration between the Festival and Semaphore aims to think through and experiment with what ‘art writing’ is, and what it might offer art and all its various audiences.

For more information, and an archive of the Group’s work, click here ︎

Indigenous Lives Matter:
a West Australian resource list

Semaphore stands in solidarity with Indigenous people, especially traditional owners in what is called Western Australia and the Whadjuk Noongar people of Boorloo boodjar where this journal is made. We respect their culture, their custodianship and their continuing contribution to our community. This feels more important than an acknowledgement in this moment, and perhaps it always should have. As we work toward decarceration and asserting the rights of Indigenous people here, we think it is important to share this resource list. We hope it can be of value for our community to educate themselves, to provide resources that help make change, and continue to act as allies in the fight for justice and healing. This means recognising that Indigenous people are leaders and that we learn the most when we are open and engaged. We believe that the system must change, and there is a lot of work to do in advocating for a better city and state. Please read broadly, seek out organisations and events, make a donation, come to a protest, write a letter, and provide sustained support for Indigenous people because Indigenous Lives Matter.

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Kaya. We acknowledge the Whadjuk People of Boorloo boodja who are the traditional owners of the land where Semaphore is made. We respect their culture, their custodianship, and their continuing contribution to the life of this city and this region. That includes recognising and respecting sovereignty while working in solidarity towards a treaty and supporting ongoing connection to country. That means linguistic rights, economic opportunity, and artistic endeavour. To their Elders, past, present and emerging, we say thanks.