Exhibitions

Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun's paintings of culture and environment use colours inspired by natural resources and cultural body markings.  Kurun Warun continues the great Aboriginal tradition of telling stories of the people and their environment, how they lived in their country and managed its resources. Kurun Warun refers to his work as “living culture – our story”. His use of colour reflects the primary resources of the people – red, black and white are used to convey cultural body markings and structures found in nature.

Sculpture at Bathers 2017 Exhibition

Sculpture at Bathers is back!  In its biggest testament to home grown WA talent, the biennial exhibition returns to Bathers Beach, Fremantle from 25 February - 12 March 2017. For two weeks, over 80 of our state's most talented sculptors will come together in this unique coastal setting, Our vision is to engage the whole community, to deliver a significant and distinctively West Australian contemporary sculpture survey and an accessible and unforgettable cultural event. Large-scale, robust outdoor works will line the limestone cliffs, along Bathers Beach, stand in the open courtyard, timber boardwalks and winding paths. Inside the historic galleries of Kidogo Arthouse smaller scale, more intimate works will be on display. In a Sculpture at Bathers highlight, guest sculptor Cameron Robbins will install a signature kinetic artwork, harnessing natural forces: see https://cameronrobbins.com More of Cameron's works will be on display inside the foyer of the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges (our first Principal Corporate Sponsor) who will host our inaugural satellite exhibition featuring works by 19 sculptors. Furthring our community connections, inaugural artist-in-residence Thomas de Munk-Kerkmeer settles in at Little Creatures from Thurs 16 Feb - Mon 20 Feb. Thomas will captivate the crowds whilst finalising his work for installation at the main exhibition at Bathers Beach. Children and adults alike will 'Follow the Shimmer' to Fremantle as our magical and monumental 1.5 tonne  bronze sculpture pops up in four surprise locations from Perth to Bathers Beach from 16 Jan. There will be something for everyone in this celebration of West Australian culture and boutique village destination - guided artist tours, children's activities, the return of the popular 'Kelp Bar' at Kidogo Arthouse, vibrant social events and much more. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @sculptureatbathers /  Twitter @sculptureAB Tags: #sculptureatbathers  #followtheshimmer #distinctivelyWA #bathersbeach

Tanami Desert Artists Yuendumu Nyirripi

Tanami Desert artists of Yuendumu & Nyirripi tell the great Warlpiri stories of Jukurrpa Dreaming sites. Warlpiri artists from Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert were amongst the first community groups to take up the desert art movement that spread from Papunya.The stories of the Warlpiri Jukurrpa traditions have remained strong and artists of the community have continued to paint and record the traditions of their ancestors. Artists from the smaller outlying community of Nyirripi have joined with Yuendumu artists and from 2010 they have brought a new and fresh layer of storytelling to the great Warlpiri stories that they share…

Act Belong Commit Can You See My Mind Art Exhibition

Mixed-media artist Megan Henry and photographer Melanie English asked participants to describe their experience of mental illness using visual descriptions. Using these anonymous questionnaires the artists attempt to capture the emotion and experience of the individual with the all important aim to destroy the stigma surrounding mental health and create important conversation.

SPAN

In a world full of movement the space between two points is constantly being traversed. SPAN brings together five WA artists whose work reaches out – transitioning across margins which are personal and global, political and geographical – between self and others, artist and viewer. Comprising work from Susanna Castleden, Olga Cironis, Tanya Lee, Clyde McGill and Andrew Sunley Smith, SPAN traverses the connection and disconnection of boundaries while mapping the passage of the journey. A life-size print of a cruise ship gangway, a series of sculptured industrial engine parts, human hair woven on a loom, neighbours grooming each other…

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…

Sculpture at Bathers 2017

Sculpture at Bathers is back!  In its biggest testament to home grown WA talent, the biennial exhibition returns to Bathers Beach, Fremantle from 25 February - 12 March 2017. For two weeks, over 80 of our state's most talented sculptors will come together in this unique coastal setting, Our vision is to engage the whole community, to deliver a significant and distinctively West Australian contemporary sculpture survey and an accessible and unforgettable cultural event. Large-scale, robust outdoor works will line the limestone cliffs, along Bathers Beach, stand in the open courtyard, timber boardwalks and winding paths. Inside the historic galleries of Kidogo Arthouse smaller scale, more intimate works will be on display. In a Sculpture at Bathers highlight, guest sculptor Cameron Robbins will install a signature kinetic artwork, harnessing natural forces: see https://cameronrobbins.com More of Cameron's works will be on display inside the foyer of the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges (our first Principal Corporate Sponsor) who will host our inaugural satellite exhibition featuring works by 19 sculptors. Furthring our community connections, inaugural artist-in-residence Thomas de Munk-Kerkmeer settles in at Little Creatures from Thurs 16 Feb - Mon 20 Feb. Thomas will captivate the crowds whilst finalising his work for installation at the main exhibition at Bathers Beach. Children and adults alike will 'Follow the Shimmer' to Fremantle as our magical and monumental 1.5 tonne  bronze sculpture pops up in four surprise locations from Perth to Bathers Beach from 16 Jan. There will be something for everyone in this celebration of West Australian culture and boutique village destination - guided artist tours, children's activities, the return of the popular 'Kelp Bar' at Kidogo Arthouse, vibrant social events and much more. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @sculptureatbathers /  Twitter @sculptureAB Tags: #sculptureatbathers  #followtheshimmer #distinctivelyWA #bathersbeach

Ships that Pass

Jo Darbyshire and Penny Coss PS Art Space is a project space and experimental platform for contemporary art. Large in scale, the two storey brick and iron building is rare as one of the most intact examples of its former use for the Fremantle Port as a major centre for trade and commerce. West Australian artists, Jo Darbyshire and Penny Coss will show new work that responds to the site with Darbyshire’s imagined relationship with the WA coast: local islands, ships in the Port and the traces of colonial life she observes in the material fabric of Fremantle. Coss imagines…

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.