Exhibitions

Insider Art Summer 2017

Insider Art: Summer 2017 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.  A joint initiative of the Department of Justice and Fremantle Prison, this quarterly exhibition is 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 can be an important component in their…

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…

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country is an expansive exhibition of new work taking over FAC’s galleries. The works are the result of 18 months of artists’ residencies in remote and regional Aboriginal art centres across Australia. Artists from six key Aboriginal art centres have invited leading independent artists – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – from around the country to work with them. The resulting collaborative artworks are significant, striking and bold in their inventive use of materials. Featuring sculptural works, installations and films drawing together the ideas of artists from diverse backgrounds, In Cahoots presents the fascinating, potent collaborations…

Art Exhibition 89 Days

The “89 days” exhibition is a collection of new artworks from some of Western Australia’s best contemporary artists. The exhibition is a visual response to the poems and passages written by the Irish political prisoners (the Fenians) during the journey of the final convict ship to arrive in Australia, the Hougoumont, which landed in Fremantle on January 10th 1867. While the literature that has inspired this exhibition was created on the journey to Fremantle, which lasted 89 days, it is the remarkable escape stories from Western Australia to the United States of several of the Fenians that has established the Fenian legend here in Western Australia.

Streets by Brian Kirby

'STREETS' is a collection of abstract pictures by Brian KirbyThe exhibition features mixed media artworks based on street markings and graffiti, particularly linked to the roll out of the NBN across Australia.The exhibition opens on Friday 2nd February at 6pm at the Art of Freo Gallery and runs Wednesday - Sunday 11-4pm until February 11th.    

Museum of Water

Museum of Water is a radically different exhibition that showcases, in Australia’s driest state, our connection to the world’s most essential life source. Commissioned by the Perth Festival, UK artist Amy Sharrocks and the Museum custodians have been towing their rusty trailer around the State for over a year, turning strangers into friends and liquid into art as they collect watery donations and the memories that go with them. The exhibition is the culmination of the last year’s work. View the ever-growing collection as you walk through more than 500 bottles of water, each with its own remarkable story. There…

Blue

15 Aboriginal artists have focused on the color blue in this collection of paintings that invokes stories of water, sky, seasons and clouds.  Sometimes used to signify water and aspects of the ether – wind, smoke, clouds, night skies – blue becomes a more familiar colour in the work of these Aboriginal artists. On the dry Australian continent blue holds the promise of coolness and moisture, the chance for life to recover and regenerate. It is a colour that sits around the earth rather than in it, contrasting to the deep orange oxide of the land. Blue is a contrast in the paintings as…

Femme Art Exhibition

Femme is a creative collaboration between photographer Natasja Kremers and illustrator Angela Mitchell. A fusion of gritty, raw photography and delicate overlaying illustrations resulting in a contemporary series of double-exposed images. Worlds of fashion, flora and fauna intertwine with the female form to create surreal artworks that present as peculiar as they are beautiful.  The mix of digital and film imagery were all shot on Leica equipment and printed on beautiful thick cotton paper. Paint in palettes of bright graduating colour, metallics and crisp black and white contrast against the grainy greyscale and flesh-toned photography underneath. Each artist brings their own unique perspective to each piece, creating brand new images from two quite individual concepts.

Freo by Kylie

Freo by Kylie is a solo exhibition featuring stunning photographs of the Fremantle area by emerging local photographer Kylie RichardsonFreo by Kylie is the first exhibition held through the Emerging Artist Support Fund, a grant program founded by Art of Freo to assist emerging artists with their first solo exhibition. The Emerging Artist Support Fund is proudly supported by the City of FremantleThe exhibition opens on Friday 23rd February at 6pm at the Art of Freo Gallery and runs Wednesday to Sunday 11-4pm until Sunday March 11th

Images of India Fundraising Exhibition

Images of India is a fundraising photography exhibition for the Asha Society. This charity works  with people living in slum colonies  in Delhi, India, addressing issues that keep slum residents trapped in poverty. The Asha  Society provides access to healthcare, education, empowerment, financial inclusion and environmental improvements. Asha means "hope" in Hindi. The photographs in this exhibition, by photographer Dr Juliet Murray,  document the poverty that many people face in India, whilst highlighting the cultural richness and diversity of the people and the country. All proceeds from the exhibition sales will be donated to the Asha Society. We will also have a raffle with some great…

Images of India Fundraising Exhibition

Images of India is a fundraising exhibition by local photographer Juliet Murray.India is a land of contrasts. Poverty is significant, with one on 5 living in extreme poverty, without access to basic human needs. Of the poor, only 20% have access to toilets, 60% to electricity and 6% to running water.On the flipside, India is a country that is immensely rich; in culture, spirituality and diversity. It is enchanting and beautiful place, overwhelming to the senses. I find it near impossible to describe in words, thus, best captured through a lens!This fundraising exhibition aims to capture both the magnificence of…

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.