Exhibitions

Insider Art Autumn 2017

Insider Art: Autumn 2017 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.  A joint initiative of the Department of Corrective Services and Fremantle Prison, this quarterly exhibition will be 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…

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…

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…

Paintings by Noongar Artist Rod Collard

Nyoongar artist Rod Collard's exquisite paintings of his "Hotham Valley Boodja" (Country) opens this eve at 6pm and runs to 23 March and Resumes 31st April - 12th April (11am - 4pm).  Rod is a very well known artist and has been painting and exhibiting for 17 years, but this is his first "Solo Show". Paintings range in price from $100 to $3,900.

Revealed Exhibition New Emerging Aboriginal Artists

The Revealed Exhibition features works by more than 75 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from all over WA, showcasing the diverse and vibrant state of contemporary Aboriginal art. Featuring paintings, prints, wood carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more, this enticing and sometimes surprising exhibition presents the work of artists from extremely remote areas alongside those from regional towns and metropolitan Perth. All works in the exhibition are for sale. Opening Fri 7 Apr | 6:30pm | Free | Exhibition Runs Sat 8 Apr – Sun 21 May

Preppers at Polizia gallery

Preppers is the inaugural exhibition at the new artist-run gallery Polizia, inhabiting the formerpolice station in the Fremantle CBD.  Artists Loren Kronemyer, Dan McCabe, and Guy Louden have come together to create "Preppers" based on a mutual fascination and investment in the prepping lifestyle.Preppers are a subculture of people that prepare for the collapse of society. They collect specialised survival products, skills, and knowledge. Prepping is both a hobby and a world view. It has its own aesthetics, vocabulary, and consumer objects, and also its own values and fantasies, centered around the moment of collapse and its aftermath. In this exhibition, artists examine this culture through sculptural, digital, and video art.In our emerging geopolitical era uncertainty is widespread. Prepping is the spirit of our times. For preppers, economic, environmental, technological, and military disaster is inevitable. Its menacing “tactical” survival skills and specialised outdoor gear reveal an apocalyptic individualism focused on preserving the self. The slick commodification of existential collapse reflect an absurd predicament, where preparing for total collapse of a society seems more desirable than improving it. Preppers are betting against the house: they are emotionally, financially, and socially invested in collapse.Exhibition opening 6pm Saturday 8th April (RSVP polizia.art@gmail.com)Continues 9th - 16 April 2017Gallery open 12 - 4pm, Tues - Sunday and by appointment45 Henderson St Fremantle 6160

For The Lonely

FOR THE LONELY is a deeply personal body of work rooted in the artists’ subjective experience of loneliness. Seven Perth-based artists explore the often unacknowledged, yet communally shared weight of loneliness on the human conscious. FOR THE LONELY aims to challenge the traditional reliance on passive and visual-based engagement. In a ground breaking exhibition for Perth, accessibility is at the forefront of FOR THE LONELY. Artworks will be tactile, interactive and immersive. FOR THE LONELY invites you to step into a space where confrontation is welcomed and personal connection celebrated. Exhibiting artists: Elizabeth Bills, Mark Wahlsten, Toni Lynn Avis, Erica…

Another Antipodes Exhibition 2017

Immerse yourself in the largest contemporary African art exhibition to take place globally in 2017 and the first such exhibition to take place within Australia. The Another Antipodes Exhibition promises to vigorously challenge preconceptions of Africa and nurture cross-cultural discovery. Utilising Southern Africa as a touchstone for engagement the curious are set to be rewarded with an exciting range of new African views, voices and perspectives, highlighting the contemporary discussions and multicultural diversity of the region. Coupled with an exciting program of talks, screenings, school programs, masterclasses, workshops and music events this inaugural exhibition is set to be one of Australia's finest.

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.