PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public places. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat ... at least until the meter runs out! From pop up green space, to a silent disco, to an outdoor reading space and beyond, Fremantle will support a day of outdoor activity, community connectedness and new urban vision. A walking map will be available from "PARK" installations all day and activities will run from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. Presented by the City of Fremantle & Ecoscape
From early September until late November, Fremantle Markets will be blossoming with Wildflowers! Western Australia is home to some of the most spectacular wildflowers in the world and in collaboration with Botanica Naturalis, Fremantle Markets will bring a piece of this beauty within the market for all to enjoy. Spring has Sprung opens on the weekend of Friday, 5 September, and this spectacular falling garden display will continue into the months of September, October and November. At the heart of the exhibition is the sheer beauty and simplicity of the everlasting flower, which is unique to Western Australia. A flower that attracts thousands of tourists to our country each year, the everlasting is an iconic symbol of our native floral beauty. Like one giant vase turned upside down, Fremantle Markets' Spring has Sprung captures this unique Australian flower as a stunning installation that aims to awe and inspire.
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Structures have a tendency to measure, delineate, regulate and mark bodies. In Boundaries of Beige Marzena Topka uses textiles such as office clothing and string in unusual ways to explore organisational structures and how they work their way into our daily lives. Whether this happens through duty, responsibility and necessity, or through self imposed routines and habits the results are not dissimilar. We are surrounded by regulations, procedures, instructions and guidelines that provide us with codes of behavior and define our lives. Drawing from her Eastern European upbringing Topka's works represent how structures take form and yet maintain an inherent fluidity. The artist questions the supposed rigidity of structure creating large-scale textile forms, which by the nature of the material remain malleable. This exhibition combines installation, film and small-scale sculpture by Topka and includes sound performances by Beige (Adam Burges, Jeremy Cope, Anetta Nevin, Ben Rose and Jerome Turle).
David Attwood and Jurek Wybraniec will create, with some help from their friends, an Emu Export wizard stick that will snake throughout the entire gallery space. Green & Gold is both a monument and a protest - a reflection on an outdated, outmoded icon and a refusal to let go. The wizard stick is a drinking game, where upon finishing your beer you tape it to the bottom of your next beer. The recent events around Emu Export and its shift from a WA brewed beer and an icon of WA, to a beer now brewed in South Australia is used in Green & Gold as an analogy to address ideas of shifting identities. As a form, the wizard stick resonates with ideas around masculinity, the phallic and bogan culture; the bigger the stick the bigger the myth, hero, hangover and tragedy. Using Tom Marioni's work The act of drinking beer with friends is the highest form of art as a departure point, this unsusual sculpture is sure to provoke plenty of bar-room conversation. *Photograph courtesy the artist
Standing alone in the desert or forest can provoke an awareness of our own 'smallness' and insignificance in the greater world. It is this idea, and the sense that our physical impressions on the ground are lasting records of our existence that is explored in ceramicist Stewart Scambler' Parched: Australia Is A Dry Land. Scambler is one of FAC's longest serving tutors and a respected artist in his own right. For this exhibition he has pushed the limits of clay work and firing techniques in response to not only larger narratives of identity and land but in recognition of a drying continent as we crowd more and more onto the wet fringes of the landscape.
Stone & Floating Steel is the culmination of a month-long residency at FAC by Alice Springs-based painter Neridah Stockley. During her stay here in 2013 Stockley enjoyed painting outdoors throughout Fremantle, capturing scenes that will be familiar to many locals. The artist has an interest in port cities and how their evocative imagery becomes stitched into the public's psyche. Convict and colonial markers, architecture, seascapes and urban landscapes were all key points of inquiry while Carnac Island, off Rottnest acted as a visual anchor for Stockley's work during her residency. Developed from her outdoor studies, Stockley has created a series of vibrant, colour-saturated paintings that contain a tension between representation and abstraction, bringing the studio to the landscape and the landscape into the studio. Neridah Stockley is represented by Damien Minton Gallery and Raft Artspace.
An exhibition of production ware and domestic ceramics from the City of Fremantle Collection by artists associated with FAC's learning and exhibition program from 1973-90. Featuring international, national and local artists including Guy Grey-Smith, Stewart Scambler, Sandra Black, Joel Smoker and Jean Robins. Jean Robins, Bottle, 1974, stoneware with dolomite glaze, 36.5 x 20.8 cm, courtesy the Artist, photo Victor France
The Fremantle Comedy Factory run a comedy open mic night at the Sail & Anchor every Thursday. Entry is only $5 and the aim is to give local comedians an opportunity to perform, try out new material, or polish off their favourite bits, and to provide affordable and fun entertainment to the good people of Fremantle. This is a local arts project with a great vibe! Like the Facebook page for updates in your news feed: www.facebook.com/fremantlecomedyfactory Entry by stairs only
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The Western Australian Museum - Shipwreck Galleries is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA's treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck. Over the WA Day long weekend come and celebrate the anniversary of finding of the Batavia.
Acknowledged as one of Australia's collectable mid-career artists. David Spencer has held successful solo and group exhibitions across Australia for the past ten years. Spencer's vibrant and dramatic art is an observation of the modern industrial world. His paintings are emotionally charged with bright colour and are enlightened by pattern and reoccurring symbols. Constantly seeking new challenges in multi-disciplinary art practices including sculpture, fashion design, illustration, music and film production. Spencer looks to colour all areas of creativity with his own unique vision and style. With all these elements combined, we discover compositions that both dignify his imagination and the subject he chooses to explore