Events & Festivals

25 under 25 2017 Art Award | Call for entries

This annual award is open to all WA artists aged 14-25 years, so get your entry in now! Artworks entered can be any artform and aren’t limited by sizes or materials. There are two main prizes for the 25 under 25 Art Award; a first prize of $1500 cash with a Fremantle Arts Centre artist residency, and a $500 judges’ commendation prize with a portfolio mentorship session with Fremantle Arts Centre’s curator Ric Spencer. A people’s choice award will also be given to the artwork with the most votes. A judging panel will select 25 finalists from the entries to be exhibited at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery from July 14 – 23. There is no charge to enter this award, enter online at www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/25under25. For questions about the award or entry process please contact the coordinator Tom Freeman on 0407 814 507 or tomf@fremantle.wa.gov.au.  Image: Elizabeth Bills, 2016 finalist, photograph by Ocean Trimboli. Deadline for entries is May 14.

Gabriella Michelle Possum

Sisters Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi have carried on the legacy of their father, the late artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, who died in 2002. Both these second generation artists have established their reputations painting the ancestral stories that have come down to them from their parents and grandparents. Gabriella and Michelle continue to use the references to the stories while building on the colour structures and extending the scope of their work to include aspects of Women’s Dreaming. These stories come from the homelands of Yuelamu near Mt Allan. This community was one of the early properties returned…

Insider Art Autumn 2017

Insider Art: Autumn 2017 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.  A joint initiative of the Department of Corrective Services and Fremantle Prison, this quarterly exhibition will be on show in the old Print Shop (Fremantle Prison Gallery). These exhibitions are always diverse in style and ideas.  Pieces exhibited include those from traditional Aboriginal artists with 50,000 years of culture to draw upon; those created by prisoners engaged in tertiary courses in contemporary art practice; and everything in between.  Participation in the creative process offers prisoners more than simple education and recreation.  The production of artworks…

Made in Ochre

When, as in this new exhibition, the walls of Japingka’s upstairs galleries are covered with ochre paintings there is a deep hum of warmth and authority. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the finest work of the great ochre artists, past and present. Long-prized for its ceremonial significance and continually used to replenish images on sacred sites over the centuries, ochre remains the defining medium for many Kimberley painters. This exhibition presents artists working across distant settlements including Warmun, Kalumburu, Derby and Kununurra, each with their own distinctive styles. Ochre painters from the east Kimberley, including the late Rover…

Nature and art hub for kids and their grown ups

Nature play is here to stay! Moore and Moore Café, Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery  Paper Bird Children's Books and Art, Inkling Art Space and Nature Play WA have joined forces to create a beautiful hidden courtyard right in the heart of Freo.   A dream for people with little ones!  Here’s a hub where you can enjoy a coffee, fabulous food, art, the best children’s books, fantastic kids art classes and a gorgeous nature play area. You can relax with friends and your kids can be themselves: climbing, digging, swinging and creating.  

Roger Swainston Drawn to Water

Come and see Roger's amazing portraits of fish and life size coral reef drawings and paintings. An exhibition of underwater drawings and original portraits of fish at earlywork.gallery from the 8 April 2017 to the 7 May 2017. During the exhibition the artist will be working in the gallery, assembling more underwater drawings from his recent trip to Ningaloo. For a unique opportunity to visit the artist behind the scenes, to see his underwater drawing technique and talk to the artist about his current projects, drop in to the gallery during this month to see the work in progress.

The Fremantle story magazine | Autumn 2017

This edition:  It is all about festival & events, with a season that runs through autumn into winter We chat with Kate Hulett about the amazing MANY 6160 and discuss the transition to a new Many 2.0 space on Adelaide Street Enjoy cooking the chili and lemon prawns recipe from Bottega chef, Jamie Galloway Celebrate the internationally reknowned street art in Freo (on walls) Explore the urban wanderlust in Freo's malls, arcades and piazzas  Discover eight foodie delights you need to try when you’re next in Freo Plus discount coupons, Instagram captures and much more Enjoy  Look out for our printed magazine at visitor centres, cafés, galleries, cinemas, restaurants, bars, universities in Perth and Freo. 

Mysore Morning Ashtanga

The Mysore - Morning Ashtanga yoga course is a four week course, Monday to Friday starting at 5.30am.  Traditionally Ashtanga yoga is practiced at sunrise, every day, with one day of rest, enabling the student to observe the fluctuation of the mind and body, and work towards finding balance within, and building strength to face the adversities of life. Practicing yoga daily offers the opportunity to explore yoga in its traditional form, access the benefits more deeply and maintain health and wellness. The student learns a set sequence of postures that form a personal practice, the teacher guides the student giving specialised instruction and adjustments. Suitable…

Find your happy place at Gelatissimo

Enter the wondrous world of Trolls with two limited edition flavours and an in-store colour-in competition perfect for the little kids and big kids at heart. POPPY’S FROSTING – Bubblegum frosting gelato flavour topped with red sugar crystals and blue edible flowers. BRANCH’S CUPCAKE – Cupcake gelato flavour topped with blue sugar crystals and purple edible pearls. Try both flavours for the ‘Happiest Cupcake’, served in our Trolls cup! Plus enter the in-store colour-in competition for your chance to win a Trolls Entertainment Pack!  

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Revealed Exhibition New Emerging Aboriginal Artists

The Revealed Exhibition features works by more than 75 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from all over WA, showcasing the diverse and vibrant state of contemporary Aboriginal art. Featuring paintings, prints, wood carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more, this enticing and sometimes surprising exhibition presents the work of artists from extremely remote areas alongside those from regional towns and metropolitan Perth. All works in the exhibition are for sale. Opening Fri 7 Apr | 6:30pm | Free | Exhibition Runs Sat 8 Apr – Sun 21 May

Convict History Tour

Step back in time to discover the fascinating convict history of Fremantle Prison, Western Australia’s only World Heritage listed building. Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported, how they built their own prison and helped to shape the future of Western Australia. Join one of our experienced tour guides and step back in time to discover the convict history of Western Australia’s most significant heritage attraction. Arriving in Fremantle in 1850, the job of the first convicts was to build themselves a prison. Construction of Fremantle Prison began in 1852, and by 1855 convicts had moved into the partially completed…

Reform The History of Reformative Measures

Prisons serve four main functions in society. They punish offenders, protect the community from criminals, act as a disincentive to people considering crime and provide prisoners the opportunity to reform before their release back into the community. The exhibition Reform: A History of Reformative Measures at Fremantle Prison explores what strategies were employed at Fremantle Prison to control and change prisoner behaviour. While Fremantle Prison was at times a place of harsh punishment, it also provided prisoners with the opportunity to acquire new skills and reform. The exhibition explores the practice of religion, education, work and training at Fremantle Prison through its…

Happy Hour Fremantle

The best hotel bars for happy hour in Fremantle (Western Australia) Whether it's the amount of work we need to do, conflicting priorities, or just too many... stepping into a bar that offers HAPPY HOUR EVERYDAY, 5-6pm, is just what you need to relax after a long day trying to multitask.  The choice is yours! Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges introduces happy hour with a variety of drinks on special at Marine Lounge Bar and Ball & Chain to cater for whatever mood you're in.  Marine Lounge Bar Happy Hour Fremantle Selected wines & draught beers $4; standard spirits $5; cocktail of the week $10.  If you're into jazz music and prefer to hide…

Yoga Nidra Film Night By Donation

Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. The yogic goal of both deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called samadhi. Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.Join us for an indulgent and blissful afternoon of guided Yoga Nidra, raw and vegan treats and a film called "A Mindful Choice" which follows the journey of two Kiwi Ishaya monks and meditation teachers as they travel the world meeting inspiring people who have been transformed by meditation.

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.