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Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the natural heritage of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions. Professional, emerging and junior photographers alike have shown impeccable timing, patience, artistry and technique to capture superb moments in time. Beyond showing us the unique beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of our own backyards, this breathtaking exhibition provokes us to explore the changing nature of regional ecology. View the 2017 display at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our new multipurpose space. This is a free exhibition. Feature Image: ' WINDBLOWN EGRET'  LITTLE EGRET, EGRETTA GARZETTA by…

Edward Blitner | Freshwater Billabongs

Edward Blitner is an artist from Ngukurr in southern Arnhem Land. Edward paints the rarrk cross-hatchstyle, developed from ancient rock art tradition using traditional earth colours that are found in the rock art sites, and ocassionally adds small amounts of colour to wáter lilies or other bushplants.The artist brings alive the freshwaterbillabong country that is the source of his people's survival over the millenia. 

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…

Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok

Contemporary Indigenous artists: Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok from Lockhart River community on Cape York in Northern Queensland, show paintings that reflect the stories, people and landscape of their coastal homeland. Their unique style of thick layers of paint overlaid and scraped back to reveal earlier layers, gives a sense of the lush tropical landscape and bright light. It also reflects the importance of the meanings and stories associated with the land, the sea and the ceremonies that connect all together.

Mono Freo Book Launch

MONO FREO 2 is a book of black and white photography by James Kerr set in and around Fremantle WA. The book will be launched at 6pm, Friday 17 August 2018 at Earlywork, Shop 9/330 South Terrace (cnr Wardie St), South Fremantle. This book is a sequel to the original MONO FREO. The launch will feature an exhibition of images from the book as well as a selection of previous photographs. The exhibition will also open 10am-4pm Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2018. http://jameskerrphotography.com

Exhibition opening - Shaun Tan's Cicada

The Literature Centre - located in Fremantle's historic Old Prison - will open its galleries to the public for the much anticipated world-premiere viewing of Academy Award-winning artist Shaun Tan's original artworks from his latest book - Cicada. On Wednesday 22 August and Thursday 23 August between 4 and 8 pm members of the public are welcome to visit the centre's galleries for a unique first glimpse of the artworks and insight into Shaun Tan's creative process. This is also an opportunity to learn more about The Literature Centre and meet the wonderful team of staff and teachers who are committed to inspiring and fostering a love of Australian literature in school-aged children and young adults. Entrance is on the corner of Knutsford Street and Hampton Road. 

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25 under 25 2018 Art Award exhibition

2018's finest selection of young West Australian creative talent.25 under 25 showcases an amazing and inspiring group of artists aged 14 - 25. The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday 24 August 2018 at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, 46 Henry St Fremantle. The exhibition runs until Sunday 2 September, open 10:00am-4:00pm daily. Come along and hear the award announcements on the opening night; with over $2000 and industry prizes up for grabs. Full details are at https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/25under25 image credit: Chris Hyland, Fog (I & II), winner of the 2017 25 under 25 Art Award.

Biophilia inside and out

Kate Floyd and Karina Buckingham, through their shared love of paint, create two distinctive interpretations of biophilia, within the context of contemporary Australian living.  Karina’s motivation is outside, painting Western Australian landscapes that focus on the restorative power of our suburban green spaces and precious coastline. Kate explores a more intimate connection with plants. Her botanical still life paintings celebrate the colour and vibrancy of Australian flora.  Kate and Karina juggle their painting practices with managing busy families, both working from their own home studios. The artists use their shared profession of painting and affinity with nature, as a way…

Remember Paris

Drawings by Julie Podstolski and sculpture by Robyn Varpins.  Julie and Robyn invite you to reconnect with your own Parisian memories as you travel through their exhibition. You will also have the chance to win a Julie Podstolski original dawing "Guiding Lights" (shown here) by purchasing raffle tickets for $10.  All proceeds to the Freo Street Doctor.  Tickets available at the Gallery or online here. Julie Podstolski is an established Australian artist who combines coloured pencils and oil pastels on watercolour paper.  Remember Paris features 30 new drawings celebrating la Ville Lumiere (the City of Light). The exhibition also features clay sculptures by invited artist Robyn Varpins.  Robyn's practice involves building clay into intimate expressions of the human form and ranges from realistic to abstract. Her coloured clay figures created for this exhibition make intriguing companions to Julie's Parisian drawings.

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 perfect platform to promote local and international talented eco designers, emerging designers and student designers to showcase 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 word 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 provide support and courage 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 *Textile Art and Design Exhibition • 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 * Eco market * 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

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…

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.