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Duyfken Replica Ship

Take a step back in time aboard this amazing replica of a 16th century Dutch sailing ship. Embark on an audio guided or self-guided tour of this unique ship and discover the Dutch maritime story that saw the first Europeans make land fall on the shores of Australia in 1606. Duyfken conducts her sail on Swan River from December 2017 to March 2018 and will not be on exhibition to the general public.

earlywork gallery

A space dedicated showing local artists' work - early work, recent and new works. Feature exhibitions change regularly. Our stockroom includes work by Megan Anderson, Carole Ayres, Thomas Gare, George Haynes, Jane Martin, Roger Swainston and Ken Wadrop

Em McGuire Artist Architect PSAS Fremantle

Em McGuire is an artist, writer and architect based in Fremantle with a passion for drawing, materials, building, surfing, yoga, meditation, beetroot, travel, sound and nature. Em facilitates Find Your Flamingo Workshops to help people develop their creative pursuits; and works in both the creative and corporate fields on private art commissions; architectural designs; low CO2 emission geopolymer concretes; the titanium sphere project. Em also writes books and business plans. What do you want to create or build? Contact Em McGuire. M. 04123 44452.

Embody Wu Tao

Wu Tao is a dancing way to balance and flow.  By working with the five elements and meridians of traditional chinese medicine, this restorative sequence of dances reveals harmony & joy.

Experience Artist Open House Fremantle

Artist Open House Fremantle (AOHF) is an annual Fremantle event that connects people who are interested in art (and perhaps looking to buy artwork) directly with artists. It’s a lively and inspiring short walking trail starting at Ginger Morris on South Terrace finishing in King William Street–just down from The Local Hotel. Along the way you’ll meander through quirky streets and visit lovely private homes in South Fremantle that have opened their doors for the weekend 11-13 November.On show are quality, professionally hung artworks from 24 local and interstate artists including Theo Koning, Tony Jones, Becky Blair and Alessandra Rossi. AOHF was founded following the decline of Perth art spaces which resulted in many artists being without a venue to exhibit their work and unable to connect with a market. Some also lacked knowledge and skills to market their work. Artists are selected to be part of AOHF through an application process with a curatorial panel whittling down the selection based on artistic merit, commercial viability, price point and diversity of the show as a whole. This year artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah was guest curator. AOHF aims to expose the work of artists to a new and diverse audience, similar to a gallery. Having 4000 people see your work in one weekend is every artist’s dream! But in every other way AOHF is different from a gallery. Most artists are onsite to chat with buyers, the audience and other artists. Many get commissions for work after the event. Ceramicist Dale Frances for example, designed and supplied ceramics for every room of the new Alex Hotel after meeting the hotelier at AOHF. The open house weekend is a more relaxed, festive environment than a gallery and the homes are lively with conversation. Visitors also embrace the idea of seeing art in a home, getting a feel for the scale of artworks, how art can be hung and styled, as well as the confidence to mimic a look in their own home. For lesser-known artists, it is a terrific opportunity to raise their profile and the public certainly enjoys chatting with artists, learning about their techniques or the inspiration behind a piece.Since AOHF is a walking trail, many visitors make a ‘weekend of it’ and the vibe on the streets is undeniable. Family and friends bump into each other, kids run cake stalls, grandparents, students, professionals and young couples come from all over Perth. Artist Open House Fremantle is on from 11-13 November 2016. Pick up a copy of your event guide at one of the homes (soon to be in shops and cafes) or download a copy here. Entry is $5 per person, payable at the first home or pre-register online. You can catch the free blue CAT bus that leaves from Fremantle CBD every 10 minutes–hop off at Wardle Street stop # 9.

Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s…

Fly by Night Musicians Club

The Fly by Night Musicians' Club is a not for profit member based community arts organisation founded in 1986 by musicians' and music lovers. 'The Fly' as it is affectionately known, is now based at the stunning Victoria Hall on High Street. The Fly is an iconic Fremantle live music venue with a rich history of musicians, actors, comedians, and even circus performers who have showcased their talent on the Fly's stage over the last 28 years with thousands of local, national and international artists performing at the club. The Fly has provided a launch pad for many local bands…

Fremantle Arts Centre

The Fremantle Arts Centre offers both men, women and children a wide range of events, workshops and courses, music shows, art exhibitions plus a wide range of culturally diverse experiences throughout the entire year. The Fremantle Arts Gallery brings both an historical and beautiful atmosphere to each arts and cultural event that it hosts, no matter the genre. The Fremantle Arts Centre is an historic building which first opened its doors in 1864 as the convict established Fremantle Lunatic Asylum and Invalid Depot, offered support in WW1 and WW2 and then re-opening in 1972 to host exclusive and unique art…

Fremantle Centre for Creative Photography

One day, three Fremantle-based photography educators got together for a coffee and The Fremantle Centre for Creative Photography was born!Based in the historic port city, the FCCP aims to deliver enriching photographic experiences and classes for photography enthusiasts, whether beginners or experienced photographers. We use Fremantle as the backdrop for our events, showcasing everything that's wonderful and eye-opening about Freo.If you're a keen photographer or even just a beginner, follow us here and join us for our events: workshops, photo walks, lessons, presentations and more!THE TEAMDale Neill - is one of WA's most beloved photography educators. Dale comes from a…

Fremantle Chamber Orchestra

FCO presents exciting classical music performances by some of WA's best young professional musicians Concerts are announced in the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice.

Fremantle Fibonacci Centre

To make a city into a beautiful resonating magnet, we must nurture the Dreamers and the Makers.Dreamt and made by Robby Lang (and Friends!), the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre aims to do this, by allowing people a space to try out their ideas. It is an incubation chamber for ideas.A community of artists and makers creating and working together. Meanwhile, at the BLINCO ST CAFÉ, musicians and poets entertain diners whilst artists and dreamers discuss their visions over fine coffee, and the best Mango Lassi in the multiverse....Massive steel gates lead through to an amazing central creative space. Natural light cascades into the…

Fremantle Press

Fremantle Press is an independent not-for-profit publishing house renowned for producing books of high quality. Our publications include works by new and established Western Australian authors in the fields of poetry, literary fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and children's literature. A key component of the Press' publishing program is our Indigenous titles list, which is highly regarded at a national and international level. Authors whose early books were published by Fremantle Press include Kim Scott, Sally Morgan, Craig Silvey, Gail Jones and many more.

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…

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…

Fremantles Windows on Art

In association with Silverleaf Investments, owner of properties in the area, this is the first in a project centred on creative artists around the Arthur Head reserve area. The inspiration is to bring these top-ranking works into otherwise empty shop windows to make a positive contribution to the city centre, while promoting the artists and their historic, attractive location. Those beach-front studios are transported to the city via their works and the CBD in turn is linked more closely with the so-close but often overlooked artists at J Shed-Fremantle, Kidogo Arthouse, the beach and adjacent to the Roundhouse. As a…

Freo's Street Artwork

You’ll notice Freo’s urban art as soon as you arrive in the city. Artwork adorns the sides of buildings, pubs, malls and unexpected places. The phenomena started in the 80’s when Western Australia’s first major community wall mural, Greenpiece was commissioned by PRAXIS, an artist collective based in Pakenham Street. The space hosted artist studios, exhibitions and performances and was one of Fremantle’s earliest warehouse conversions. It was around this time that local artists were creating colourful chalk paintings on walls of Fremantle’s cafés. International artists were also moving to Fremantle and new movements such as the Australian Centre for Concrete Art (AC4CA) were born over a coffee. AC4CA transformed uninspiring walls into large abstract paintings, including Queensgate Carpark.  Jump forward to 2013 and Fremantle was becoming renowned for a large collection of illicit art on warehouses and buildings forming colourful street-scapes. The City of Fremantle made a controversial decision to adjust their anti-graffiti stance to one that distinguishes between graffiti and street art.  Not only did it preserve existing work that contributes to the culture and vibrancy of the city, it’s resulted in the growth of Fremantle’s collection, with significant works commissioned and completed in public places, car parks, alley ways, fences and private homes. Highlights include the portrait of Dame  Dorothy Tangney etched onto the Norfolk Hotel by Vhils and the explosion of colour created by the FORM 2015 public art program.  The Explore Fremantle Street Art trail is a self-guided walking trail that catalogues much of the street art throughout the city.   NB You might need to hire a bike or jump on the free CAT bus to see them all. Share your favourites with us on Instagram (#Fremantlestory).

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