Public arts

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…

Fremantle's Leighton Indigenous Mosaic Artworks

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects once stated: " The Indigenous artworks at Leighton comprise of seven separate mosaic artworks depicting dreamtime stories and the local history of the Aboriginal people. The mosaics were designed in consultation with indigenous Elders and form part of the site's transition from a railway marshalling yard and container storage area to a vibrant beachside hub. These artworks record a small but important part of the local Aboriginal heritage for posterity and as such they provide added interest and value to the project. We also hope that they help provide a better understanding of Aboriginal…

Greg James Sculpture Studio and Gallery

Greg James is one of Western Australia's finest sculptors. He is renowned for his iconic public artwork, including The Fishermen, Bon Scott and Pietro Porcelli in Fremantle. Greg’s sculptures attest to his attention to detail and his ability to capture the essence of his subjects. His work is interactive and tactile, inviting participation from the public. His work celebrates the beauty and sensuality of the human form, and explores concepts of the human condition. View a range of Greg’s collectable works from his loft gallery that overlooks the busy studio where his unique sculptures are created. 

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.

Rainbow

At nine metres high, 19 metres long and tipping the scales at 66 tonnes, Rainbow is not your average public art piece. The sculpture, by prominent Perth artist Marcus Canning, is constructed from nine recycled sea containers joined to form an arch. Colourful and creative, the sea containers form the shape of a giant rainbow as a universal symbol of hope and inspiration as well as being a highly visible Fremantle welcome statement. The largest public art piece ever commissioned by the City of Fremantle, the $145,000 Rainbow is the jewel in the crown of more than 50 public art…

The 1897 Window Gallery

The 1897 Window Gallery is a single large window of four panes, in the wall of a late 19th century Fremantle house. After the building’s earlier life as a shop, the gallery provides a modest reconnection with the street, bringing neighbours, friends, and strangers to a brief moment of fascination, a short but welcome interruption from the everyday.

WA Maritime Museum

Located on Victoria Quay, Fremantle, perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and Fremantle Harbour, the WA Maritime Museum displays some of Western Australia's most unique maritime pieces. Collected over many years the wide range of exhibits include the winning Americas Cup Yacht (Australia II), an Oberon class submarine - HMAS Ovens, the Welcome Walls, Jon Sanders' Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history. The WA Maritime Museum also hosts many exhibitions in their unique galleries throughout the year and is the perfect place to explore and learn about the history of the WA coastline. Also worth a visit and…

WA Shipwrecks Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA's treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.


Public art in Fremantle

Fremantle is a dynamic centre for the arts and many visitors to the city are keen to access the stories of Fremantle that are revealed through public artwork. Spending time exploring public art in all its forms is one of the wonderful things to do in Fremantle. From trail markers acknowledging the indigenous history of the city to more temporary street art projects that have seen the creation of giant octopuses and buffalo on the side of buildings. These projects are insights into the cultural history of our wonderful city and are a great Fremantle attraction if you are looking for things to do in Fremantle.