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Ikuntji Artists

Ikuntji paintings are highly recognizable for their broad planes of bold colour, often incorporating traditional motifs and figures. The experimentation and innovation for which the painting from Ikuntji is known has been received enthusiastically by collectors and galleries alike. The combination of rich cultural heritage and highly developed sense of artistic freedom has produced work that stands strongly in the context of international contemporary painting.

Insider Art Spring 2018

Insider Art: Spring 2018 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.  The collection of new works exhibited represents a diverse array of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making. 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. Across Western Australia participation in creative processes and formal art classes play an important role in rehabilitation, personal development and complement existing educational programs. Moreover for many of the Aboriginal artists featured painting provides a way to connect with family,…

Painting on Country Utopia Artists

A mesmerising exhibition of fine dot work by artists from Utopia. The artists have asserted their artistic and cultural credentials since the 1980s when the elaborate stories and ceremonies of Alyawarr and Anmatyerre language groups were first painted on canvas. The use of finely dotted designs and detailed stories have bought Utopia artists into prominence in the Aboriginal art world. The shimmering and expansive paintings that are made of fine dots, reflect the desert homelands and the stories that give deep meaning to all elements of the land and its resources  

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…

Dark Swan | Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes

An exhibition exploring the brutal early days of the Swan Colony via an aesthetic of Australian Gothic Romanticism by contemporary visual artists - examining the real and imagined history, landscape, architecture and characters of Western Australia through art, film, costume and performance. Interest in the Romantic Gothic is piqued in 2018 due to the 200th Anniversary of the seminal gothic novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, written in 1818.  Shelley grew up in England as a sibling of Henry Willey Revelly, the architect of the Round House in Fremantle and early Swan Colonist.  The pair grew up in an environment of…

Ignite the Nest Art Exhibition Opening Night

Be part of a new exciting art space in Fremantle as we launch the official opening night of "Ignite the Nest" Art Exhibition. There will be a wide range of art displayed for viewing and sales from both loca,l up- and- coming and established artists with an alluring blast of live art with body painting, aerial silk performance, and live music. The Swan’s Nest endeavours to foster and support the artistic community by offering a free exhibition space and the opportunity to connect with fellow artists. Come and share ideas and be inspired!There will be nibbles provided and inexpensive beverages available at the bar. We have couches for your comfort and a bonfire to keep you toasty warm.

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 the perfect platform to promote local and international talented eco designers, emerging designers and student designers showcasing 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 world 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 providing support 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 • 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 • 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 Tickets on sale now! https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/eco-fashion-week-australia-17616898059

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'.  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 system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Visitors can "step inside and do time" with Fremantle Prison's experienced guides on a range…


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.