Fremantle Festival 2017

Fremantle Festival is a 10-day celebration of visual art, music, comedy, fashion and more with over 60 high quality and inspiring events presented in exciting venues across our unique port city.

Voyage to the Deep

Voyage into a mysterious and marvellous undersea world with multi award-winning and record-breaking exhibition Voyage to the Deep. Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the exhibition brings to life the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo, his legendary submarine Nautilus and the world of wonders he lived in. Release your inner aquanaut At the centre of this fantasy world: a giant replica Nautilus. Kids can climb aboard and discover the inner world of a deep-sea submarine. Take up the controls at the helm, peer through the periscope, crank the propeller, test out the bunks and explore Captain Nemo’s mysterious Cabinet of Curiosities: find out how hard a whale tooth is and handle a real-life harpoon! There’s even a bubbly pipe organ to play and a galley full of strange and disgusting foods to discover. Underwater adventures Dress up in a dive suit and venture through a magical world beneath the waves. Hunt for treasure in the wreck of a Spanish galleon. Explore the lost world of Atlantis. Stomp through the octopus's garden with its giant clam shell, wander through a maze of sea weed in the life-size kelp forest - and then slide down a giant squid! It’s an interactive, immersive, hands-on experience with opportunities to touch, explore and play. The exhibition is aimed at children under 12, and encourages learning through interaction.

I WAS HERE

In I WAS HERE seven artists turn conventional history on its head. The world is flipped upside down, long held beliefs are disproved and fact replaces fiction as the artists grapple with what’s real, imagined or forgotten over time. Comprising photographic and sculptural works I WAS HERE is a fascinating commentary on history itself and our relationship to the past. Robyn Stacey (NSW) has used a camera obscura to produce rich and vivid images of the studios of iconic Australian artists. Emerging artist Tom Buckland (ACT) presents a constellation of imagined narratives that audiences view one at a time through a series of peepholes. Alex Seton (NSW) continues his work with marble, creating sculptures which highlight our transient impact on the world around us. He also disproves the existence of an island which has been included on maps for many years. Amy Spiers (VIC) looks at how Joan Lindsay’s famous Australian novel Picnic at Hanging Rock and the 1975 film adaptation has, in the public consciousness, robbed Hanging Rock of its true history. Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce (VIC) reflects on lost connection to place for Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their homelands through a series of delicate hand-blown glass sculptures. Kate McMillan (UK) presents a series of photographs based on the intriguing and often forgotten history of The Buried Village in New Zealand. Lake Tarawera was the site of a devastating volcanic eruption in the late 19th century that buried villages surrounding the lake. Wanda Gillespie (NZ) amalgamates mythologies to create exquisite handcrafted objects which bear all the hallmarks of cultural artefacts but are in fact completely made up. Imagining societies that could have existed, her works are without history. I WAS HERE is curated by Anna Louise Richardson (WA). Opening Fri 21 Jul | 6:30pm | FreeExhibition runs Sat 22 Jul – Sat 16 Sep

HopScotch Fremantle

3 venues, 3 courses, 2 wines and live music all in one night! Every Thursday. Start time is between 5 and 8 pm at Bottega, main course at Auntie G and desserts and live music at Benny's. #Vegetarian & vegan options available! Bookings only.

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Marcus Beilby | Sightings – City of Fremantle Art Collection

Following 2014’s Fremantle Realists exhibition, Marcus Beilby returns to FAC to resume his quest to reveal the fabric of everyday life through a visual language of finely tuned realism. Sightings brings together a body of new paintings and artworks from the City of Fremantle Art Collection which set intimate moments against a backdrop of public settings. Marcus Beilby is an established Fremantle-based realist painter who forged a career with like-minded image makers Ray Beattie and Ken Wadrop and exhibited nationally under the moniker of the High Street Studio Realists in the early 1980s. The City of Fremantle Art Collection, established in 1958, is the largest municipal collection in WA with over 1,400 works. The Collection’s focus on Fremantle artists and Australian prints celebrates the enduring importance of the visual arts to Fremantle.

Chunky Choc Nougat

Indulge in Gelatissimo's latest flavour of the month! A creamy Milk chocolate gelato loaded with crunchy pieces of choc coated honey and almond nougat, all rippled with a white chocolate sauce.  Available for a limited time only from 21st July till end of August!

Doing One Thing At A Time

Doing One Thing at a Time is a performance and installation, occurring and displayed within The 1897 Window Gallery. Over two months Fiz Eustance will spend an hour or more every day within the gallery space (which will be set up as a studio), crocheting. When Fiz is not within the gallery the space will be on display in its studio form, and viewers will be able to watch as the crocheted object gradually evolves. This work is an attempt to spend time consciously, to escape from the idea that we must multitask in order to be productive, and to sit and make without distraction.  Fiz Eustance is an artist living and working in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is interested in creating art that is personal, poignant, and relevant to the people in her community - Art that encourages meditation on time, emotions, and interpersonal connections/disconnections.

Jenny Dawson Ceramics

Jenny Dawson is a ceramic artist, public artist, designer, teacher, consultant & project coordinator. Jenny has established a thriving studio that invites projects on a large scale and collaborations with artists from other disciplines. Opening hours - Wed to Friday 12-4pm all other times by appointment.

Fiona Omeenyo Ancestors Spirits

Fiona Omeenyo draws on the culture and story-telling of her home community at Lockhart River in northern Queensland to make paintings of the spirits of both living and past occupants. Her approach is highly individualistic, creating amorphous figures that merge into the environment and the background. A room full of her paintings creates the sense of movement and activity, the ongoing world of spirit forms and human endeavours. Fiona’s style uses figurative elements that have a mythical, abstracted feeling, where the figures are carved or etched into the background layers of paint to become part of the landscape. She bases many of her paintings around the ancestral Creation stories of her homelands, as told to her by her uncle. Fiona defines these ancestral stories as “true stories ... things that really happened … before time.” Fiona says of her paintings that show images of birds – “Elders say that when we pass, our spirits leave us and fly into the sunset.” In the paintings from this series the Elders have taken an ethereal bird-like form as they fly over the sun-kissed land, their wings gilt with light, towards the rich red sunset.

Freo Art Movement brings Art to life in the Brewery

Fremantle Art Movement (FAM) is a collective of emerging and established artists whose mission is to provide a platform for local artists to engage with the community and promote the enjoyment of all forms of art in multiple environments. This winter, FAM will be joining the Little Creatures team to bring some artistic cheer and animation to the Brewery through art, live painting, workshops, markets and art exhibitions. The Fremantle Art Movement winter residency will be on display June, July and August with art, live painting,  workshops and pop up markets.  Stop by and see what some of Fremantle's finest artists are up to. Workshops on offer are;   Short Post Figure Drawing with Ben Sherar 7-9pm, doors open 6:30pm Creatures NextDoor Red Room Thursday 29th June Thursday 13th July Thursday 27th July  Thursday 10th August  Thursday 24th August  $25 per session.  For tickets and more information please follow click here.   Techniques with David Green  1-4pm Saturday 8th July Satuday 5th August $25, for tickets and more information please follow click here.   For more information on Fremantle Art Movement workshops and events, please visit the FAM Facebook page @fremantleartmovement or www.fremantleartmovement.com.au

Lorna Fencer - Yam Dreamings + Warakurna Artists + Groote textiles

Lorna Fencer - Yam Dreamings The importance of the Yam Dreaming narratives of Central and Western Deserts reflects the crucial role this food source played in the lives of traditional people. The Yam is presented in ceremonies through song cycles and dance performances. Alyawarr women pay homage to its life-giving role, and entreat good harvests on their Country in upcoming seasons. The Yam is seen as a symbol of the well-being of their own Country, sustaining the people in their close synergy with their land. Warlpiri people celebrate the Creation stories of the Yam, where the Ancestors drew it out of the ground at an underground spring in the Tanami Desert. The Jukurrpa Dreaming story goes on to tell of internal wars that followed, waged over the ownership of the main types of Yams, and warns of the dire consequences for the people when the food resources are not equitably shared. At the centre of these ceremonies is the message of sustainability and social harmony in the appropriate management of the Yam resources. Paintings reflecting these great sagas of Yam Dreaming have been created by Warlpiri, Alyawarr and Anmatyere artists including Lorna Napurrula Fencer, Emily Kngwarreye, Minnie Pwerle, Rosemary Petyarre and Galya Pwerle. Warakurna Artists Ngaanyatjarra Artists from Warakurna near Rawlinson Ranges on the NPY Lands in Western Australia. Warakurna is a renowned Indigenous owned and run Art Centre which is famous for its bold, joyful and colourful paintings and aerial views of their remote country. Leading Warakurna Artist, Cynthia Burke paints aspects of her traditional country showing the changes that unfold with the seasons and the stages that the country goes through during the year. These two exciting Exhibitions open on Friday 21st July @ 6.30 pm and run through until the end of August.

Bucket List Diver

Bucket List Diver is a new Scuba Diving School that recently opens its doors. We are offering personalise open water courses in small group of 2 to 4 students. We are basing our operation on the shore dive around Fremantle and Perth, in order to let you discover dive sites you will be able to dive by yourself once certified.Our courses take place during 2 to 3 days, depending if you want to dive Rottnest Island. We are offering online theory courses to let you take the course in your own time. Our prices are all inclusive and we are not asking to invest in any gear to start or finish your course.We also organising dive activities for the divers that want to expand their horizon. We very often dive Ammo Jetty, Rob Jetty and we will certainly organise trip to Rottnest Island.

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