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Transportation

Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia. The exhibition examines the forced migration of convicts from Great Britain and Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries, presenting the stories of men, women and children sent to convict sites around Australia.  Transportation, explores 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, the exhibition demonstrates…

Museum in my Pocket: Museum of Moving Objects - Momo Inc

A mobile museum, focused on the people of Fremantle and their pockets. The museum sets up on the streets and public places of Fremantle and delivers a series of moving temporary exhibitions. Each exhibition is hosted by museum curator and invites people to showcase the contents of their pockets. Photos will be taken to capture the cultural objects within the humble pocket and exhibit them to the world.  City of Fremantle grant sponsored event

Pioneers Luncheon

The 89th annual Pioneers’ Luncheon is a celebration of the pioneers of Fremantle. Residents who have lived or worked in Fremantle and surrounding suburbs for the past 50 years are invited to a three-course meal. To apply to attend the luncheon, please see booking details.

Fremantle High Tea

Indulge in a sweet treat, a savoury bite, a spot of tea and a tipple or three at The Harbour Master’s Weekend High Tea. Located in the iconic Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, the decadent dining room will be set every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm for you to enjoy a bit of afternoon delight. The British tradition of High Tea began in the mid-1700s, initially for the working man. It was taken standing up or sitting on tall stools, thus ‘high’. Gradually, this afternoon meal became more known as an important event on the social calendars of Ladies…

Opening Night Dinner: Scandal in the Court House

Inspired by colourful stories from nineteenth-century Fremantle, our ‘murder mystery’ dinner will be an entertaining—and delicious—start to Fremantle’s Heritage Festival.  Join us in the beautiful, outdoor courtyard of the Drill Hall.  Guests will explore rooms of the adjacent Court House (built in 1884), take a seat in the dock, play detective, and solve an historic crime. Fresh from the National Hotels recent ‘long table dinner’ success, tickets include a delicious three-course meal by the National Hotel and a welcome drink on arrival.

Semiconductor

In partnership with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, better known as Semiconductor, bring two of their works Brilliant Noise and Black Rain to FAC. Semiconductor have garnered international attention for their distinctive, innovative works which push the boundaries of moving image as a visual language. They seek to extend our experience of the natural world, delving into and creating visual interpretations of unseen worlds by transforming and stitching together images of scientific data. Brilliant Noise offers a glimpse of solar astronomy, revealing some of the sun’s finest unseen moments. The images, mostly collected from ground based observatories and satellites, are…

The Darkside Tribute to Pink Floyd

Join us as we support The Dark Side at Metropolis Fremantle, 7pm Friday 25th May 2018.Doors open at 7pm and we will be kicking it off so rock up early for a huge night!

Dirty Laundry 035

A full cycle of all your favorite beats from every era. 80s,90s,00s and new, with a little Hip Hop thrown in to help lighten your load. Come air out your Dirty Laundry this Friday night upstairs at Metropolis Fremantle. Check out our Facebook Page for the free entry password!

Term 4 at Inkling Art Space

Come and join us for fun and creative activities at Inkling Art Space in Henry St, Fremantle, behind Paper Bird bookshop. We have lots of different workshops for you to explore your artistic passions, your drive to make things and to get really messy while doing it! NATURE CLUB Art + Nature = Amazing Art Adventures Join Teori - Wildlife & Nature Specialist, and Brigid - Teaching Artist & Textile Specialist for learning and making inspired by our natural world. Each class starts with exploratory drawing and scientific investigation. Every week we use a new medium to explore our topic.…

Breakfast in the Brewery

Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-11am for brekkie overlooking the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour!  Perfect for the family, big groups or to cure that pesty hangover, Little Creature's has got your morning needs covered with hearty breakfasts,  tasty pastries,  fresh coffee and of course- beer!  Large groups are welcome.  No reservations needed.  

Travel Visual Journals

Keeping a journal is a great way to add some much-needed mindfulness into your day. It's a way to document your thoughts, feelings, what you're up to, where you've been and where you'd like to go. A record of your journeys amongst the real world as well as your internal ones.In this three hour class, Hannah from Mermaid's Coin will show you how to incorporate on-the-go techniques and creative composition ideas into your visual recordings. She will show you a variety of watercolour and mixed media techniques to create backgrounds, as well as spot illustrations to document your day. You will learn about which art materials to pack when traveling, and ways to bind loose pages together to create a bespoke journal.Hannah will show you how to start journaling, using suitable papers and give you some great suggestions for types of journals to buy. Please view the "what to bring" section as you'll be asked to bring some of your own images and references for this session. You don't need to bring your own journal as learning about paper quality first is important. About the teacher: Hannah (Mermaid's Coin) is a maker and illustrator who uses printmaking techniques and watercolours to create work that is vibrant, retro and fun. Her work is primarily concerned with capturing the coastal lifestyle of WA. She is a true waterbaby and has travelled throughout WA painting and surfing for years.What you will learn:-Introduction to techniques suitable for working in a small format, with limited space and time.-Specific Watercolour and illustration techniques such as resist, wet-in-wet and ink and wash.-Strategies for creating a cohesive page composition incorporating text, image, colour and collected items.What you will get:-Use of a wide array of painting and drawing materials, stationery and papers-Excellent instruction from a qualified and experienced art teacher and practitioner.-A light morning tea and good vibes guaranteed!What to bring:-Notes or photos of a trip or experience you would like to document in the class.-Totally optional: If you would like to start a new journal (exciting!!) Hannah recommends the Moleskin Watercolour Journal or Holcroft Spiral Bound notebook 225gsm. Paper quality is oh so important!What to wear:Closed toe shoes preferredAppropriate for all levels

Wanjoo Welcome

This year we open the Fremantle Heritage Festival where the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) meets the Wardan (sea). As we cast back our minds to reflect on the past, we embrace the present and the people within it. Elder Marie Taylor will perform a Welcome to County and be joined by musicians Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse. This family friendly event is focused on children and their families. The stories and songs will continue into the morning and all are wanjoo (welcome) to join in as Marie, Gina & Guy share stories and songs in Nyoongar language and music. *Entry…

Behind the Scenes: Fremantle Prison Museum Collection

Join Fremantle Prison’s curatorial team for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the curatorial work spaces of Fremantle Prison’s museum collection.  Fremantle Prison’s collection of 12,000 historic objects spans the operational life of the Prison, from 1855 to 1991. The diverse objects in the collection hold cultural heritage significance for Western Australia.  The curators will share insights into how cultural objects are cared for at Perth’s only World Heritage site. This exclusive tour includes visits to one of the collection’s on-site storage facilities. Registration for this event is essential as numbers are limited. Please contact Fremantle Prison via email on functions@fremantleprison.com.au…

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Bookmaking Workshop

Spend an afternoon making beautiful handmade books as unique gifts of personal diaries. Bridget will show you how to bind, stitch, cover and assemble your own books made from leather and specialist materials. Personalise your books by hand embellishing. Take home 3 different books and a set of "how to' notes. Absolutely everything is provided. Date: Sat 26th May Time: 1pm - 6pm Cost:$70 + $45 materials fee.

Demolished and Unbuilt: The Mayor’s Alternative Fremantle History Cycle Tour

Fremantle is a city of layers with thousands of individual planning choices shaping the unique place that it is today. Join Mayor Pettitt on a bike tour exploring what could’ve been – the stories of the unbuilt and the historical saves. Be it the casino proposed for Victoria Quay in the 80s or the demolition of half of the West End's High Street for a highway in the 70s, join the Mayor to muse, lament and celebrate Fremantle’s historical planning decisions. Meet under RAINBOW, bring your bike. The tour ends in the Fremantle CBD. Numbers strictly limited, please RSVP by Friday 26 May…

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.