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Transportation Exhibition

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Transportation presents the stories of men, women and children forcibly sent to convict sites around Australia, exploring the social tragedy of the convict system as a whole as well as individual stories of personal achievement. Exhibiting convict material from the Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales), Western Australian Museum and the Prison’s own collection, Transportation demonstrates the impact…

Exhibition Structural Dependency by Matthew Thorley

Matthew Thorley is a visual artist investigating positive and negative space in the built environment. He is inspired by contemporary architecture’s dynamic form and focuses on elements concerned with the study of light interacting with reflective surfaces. Structural Dependency suggests movement or rather the desire for movement. Thorley constructs objects that encourage a state of flux and invite the viewer to respond physically. The subtle movement that takes place between the object, the viewer and this immersive space constructed by the artist; creates a tension and a desire to participate in this dance. These artworks prompt the viewer to practice a…

Peter Davidson | Omomuki Painting

Omomuki is a Japanese word meaning warm feeling when observing something that makes you feel happy in the landscape. WA-born, Osaka-based, artist Peter Davidson travelled to the Ishinomaki Ogutsu region in Japan after the 2011 tsunami with a surgeon to make records and donate paintings for the recently constructed temporary medical facilities. The local hospital was totally destroyed when the Tsunami overtopped it, killing all the on-duty doctors, nurses, support staff and patients. Since that visit, Peter says his attitude to painting has shifted towards creating a warmer aesthetic around what he considers beauty. "It may not be everybody's, but it is mine", he says. Opening…

This Is How We Walk on the Moon

An exhibition of snowy installations by Amy Perejuan-Capone inspired by hope and intrepid curiosity in the High Arctic. A vault of seeds, a zeppelin headed north, a rocket to Mars. All in the irrationally misplaced weather, even the most unlikely experiments have a basis in hope. Blizzards are forecast, but the shelter is warm. Come join us in the dome for a mug of hot chocolate (BYO mug!), freshly baked Norwegian seed-bread, and some dome-made dried fruit. And if you like, bring along a piece of fruit to preserve for the collective trail mix! This is how we walk on the Moon explores earnest human endeavour and hope amid uncertainty, inspired by my recent time in Svalbard and Greenland in the High Arctic. Drawing upon the heroic spirit of cooperation that defines the polar regions, sweetly absurd gestures will suggest that collective hard work, communication, curiosity, and bravery are essential for resilience and adaptation. Opening: Saturday 14th July, 5-8pm.  Exhibition continues: 15th - 29th July, Thurs-Sun 11am-5pm. Workshop & Group Chat, Sundays 1-4pm. July 15th, 22nd & 29th. More info below. FREE EVENTS: Ongoing durational performance, blizzard, and quality chats. Daily seed-bread baking and fruit preservation at 11am. Come learn how to make Norwegian ‘knekkebrød’! Workshop & Group Chat, Sundays 1-4pm. July 15th, 22nd & 29th. Part artist-talk, part barn-raising, together we will build our own geodesic dome (great for greenhouses and chicken coops!). Afterwards we will chill and drink tea in the dome while Amy discusses the Arctic inspirations (and climate-anxieties) behind the exhibition. Suitable for ages 14+. Registration recommended, but walk-ins welcome subject to capacity.  To register: RSVP to amy@wilhelmwilhelm.com _ _ _ For more information please visit:   www.amypcapone.com  www.artsource.net.au/WhatsOn Contact via email: amy@wilhelmwilhelm.com Follow on Instagram: @wilhelm_wandering   _ _ _  This project has been supported by the City of Fremantle and Artsource. _ _ _   Accessibility: Due to the age and heritage status of this venue, front access to this exhibition is via a set of four steps. Ramp access is available via Phillimore Street towards Customs Place. Tactile and audio description tours are available upon request. Toilets are available and accessible.

Fiona Omeenyo & Rosella Namok

Contemporary Indigenous artists: Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok from Lockhart River community on Cape York in Northern Queensland, show paintings that reflect the stories, people and landscape of their coastal homeland. Their unique style of thick layers of paint overlaid and scraped back to reveal earlier layers, gives a sense of the lush tropical landscape and bright light. It also reflects the importance of the meanings and stories associated with the land, the sea and the ceremonies that connect all together.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the natural heritage of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions. Professional, emerging and junior photographers alike have shown impeccable timing, patience, artistry and technique to capture superb moments in time. Beyond showing us the unique beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of our own backyards, this breathtaking exhibition provokes us to explore the changing nature of regional ecology. View the 2017 display at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our new multipurpose space. This is a free exhibition. Feature Image: ' WINDBLOWN EGRET'  LITTLE EGRET, EGRETTA GARZETTA by…

Mono Freo Book Launch

MONO FREO 2 is a book of black and white photography by James Kerr set in and around Fremantle WA. The book will be launched at 6pm, Friday 17 August 2018 at Earlywork, Shop 9/330 South Terrace (cnr Wardie St), South Fremantle. This book is a sequel to the original MONO FREO. The launch will feature an exhibition of images from the book as well as a selection of previous photographs. The exhibition will also open 10am-4pm Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2018. http://jameskerrphotography.com

25 under 25 2018 Art Award exhibition

2018's finest selection of young West Australian creative talent.25 under 25 showcases an amazing and inspiring group of artists aged 14 - 25. The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday 24 August 2018 at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, 46 Henry St Fremantle. The exhibition runs until Sunday 2 September, open 10:00am-4:00pm daily. Come along and hear the award announcements on the opening night; with over $2000 and industry prizes up for grabs. Full details are at https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/25under25 image credit: Chris Hyland, Fog (I & II), winner of the 2017 25 under 25 Art Award.

Eco Fashion Week Australia

 Eco Fashion Week Australia 2018 is the most significant event on the Perth fashion calendar. As Australia’s first and only Eco fashion week event, Hosted by ‘’Green Embassy’’ from November 15th-21th, EFWA provides perfect platform to promote local and international talented eco designers, emerging designers and student designers to showcase their unique designs while providing Perth with one of a kind Eco fashion event in sustainability which involves community. Eco Fashion Week Australia- EFWA 2018 bring people together to celebrate amazing sustainable designs, runway shows, conferances, design and textile art exhibitions,fashion swaps , student shows and awards.  The week will feature collections created using organic and natural materials as well as sustainable and ethical production methods. EFWA is passionate about creating a word where garments have a clean and positive story to tell.Celebrating garments that have been created with organic , re-cyled and up-cyled fabrics with traditional and hand crafted textile techniques.  EFWA collaborates with designers, artists, local community and remote interstate Aboriginal communities, media, businesses and educational programs as well as local governments to raise awareness for environmentally conscious fashion while provide support and courage to inspire all community members towards to sustainable future while fashion as vehicle. At international Eco Fashion Week Australia we aim to integrate Australia’s very own Eco Fashion Week celebration of Sustainability, design excellence and education. This innovative forward thinking event will feature:  •Seminar with industry experts *Textile Art and Design Exhibition • Spectacular runway shows from international, national and local eco designers featuring the best in organic, handmade, local , re-cycled , up cycled , fair trade, ethical fashion and textiles • Designer Showroom * Eco market * Fashion Swap • Student design & excellence awards • Opening  gala night • Designer challenge The festivities will run 15th-21th November 2018. The goal is the ignite and inspire our community to change their perspective on fashion and its relation to environment and sustainability while providing platform to emerging designers, artists and models in fashion and creative industry. www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival 2018

Music lovers are in for a veritable feast throughout the ten days of the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival. International acts and local artists will converge on our port city in a program put together by Fremantle’s own music legend, the double Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, and fellow musician Donough O’Donovan. Headliners Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke both accepted invitations to perform because of the historical importance of the event - celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, carrying 62 Irish Fenians. Internationally renowned Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music, are considered one of Irish music's most acclaimed duos of all time. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes fittingly open the Festival at the John Curtin Auditorium on Friday 5 January. It’s a rare opportunity to hear traditional Irish music performed by masters of the genre. Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella returns home to support Hayes and Cahill in concert. Irish folk sensation Declan O’Rourke, will play songs from across his career in his two concert performances, including a selection from his latest album, ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’. He will pen a song in commemoration of the of the arrival of the military Fenians in 1868. There are plenty of quotes about Martin and Dennis for example:  "Martin Hayes is one of the best fiddlers on the planet. Dennis Cahill is a subtle guitar master. Put aside your notion of Irish music...and just listen." NPR. Declan is supported in his concert at the WA maritime Museum on 11 January by Fiona Rea whose songs are influenced by her Irish heritage and a lifelong love of music and its power to reach people. Rob Zielinski, supports Declan on 13 January at the John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre. Rob is a Perth based traditional Irish musician who will feature some lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys and haunting slow airs. Singer Aminah Hughes returns home from Ireland to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old, written during her time there along with some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle.  Award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope- a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in 1867 on board the Hougoumont joins Aminah in performance on 7 January at Kidogo Arthouse. The next day ‘The Last Convict Ship’, a selection of stories and songs by one of Perth’s leading experts on Australian Fenian history, renowned Irish musician Brendan Woods will be performed at the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street. The Lucky Oceans and his Gaelic Gumbo Band will explore new creations mixing Irish and Louisiana sounds. Be the first to hear the world premiere of a band and repertoire made exclusively for the festival at Kidogo Arthouse on 12 January. Kidogo’s Kelp Bar will be running throughout the festival and will be home to spontaneous musical performances featuring Festival acts and local musicians. The closing event and street party ‘The Feast of The Wild Goose’ features entertainment by the Freo’s own Rogues, playing their very own brand of Pogues magic to celebrate the end of an incredible ten days of Irish music. Festival Program www.feniansfestival.com.au  

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison is one of WA's premier tourist attractions and in 2010 became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the Australian Convict Sites. In 2015 the Prison was announced as the gold medalist in the categories of Major Tourist Attractions and Cultural Tourism at the Western Australian Toursim Awards. Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a…


Exhibitions

Fremantle has long been centre for arts and culture and there is always a great program of exhibitions and events to discover. If you are looking for what to do in Fremantle on the weekend or during the week check out our listings of exhibitions at the many studios, art spaces, pop up shops and art galleries in Fremantle. Potter around any of the precincts such as the West End, Wray Avenue or the Fremantle Arts Centre and discover some of Western Australia’s best artists, designers and makers.