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Artwalk Freo 2017

Discover the magic of colour and artistic creation at Artwalk Freo 2017 27 and 28 May. AWF is a Fremantle based artist collective. Over two days the public are offered a unique opportunity to enter the living work spaces of established Fremantle artists Michael Knight, Trevor Richards, Penny Bovell, Ian de Souza, Annette Seeman, John Teschendorff, Eveline Kotai and Jo Darbyshire.  Guest artists will also be present and are listed below. This year, the Artwalk Freo circuit covers four kilometers. Enjoy strolling or cycling through the local streetscape as you stop and explore the secret workings of the host artists’ home studios. If public transport is your preference, check the services listed on www.artwalkfreo.com “getting there”. Cars are welcome, but less fun. Some of the Artwalk Freo studios are works of art themselves. An artist's studio is where all the inspiration, sketches, thoughts and ideas merge to become something wonderful. Visitors will discover how these living spaces relate and intersect with the artists' oeuvre. The inventive process can be a solitary one and people rarely have the opportunity to glimpse inside a working studio and to engage in conversation with the artist.  Here’s your chance! This is a free entry biennial community event. New work, early work and studies will be available for sale and each artist will have their own payment options: receipted cash, credit card, direct deposit and lay-by. Refreshments and other treats will also be available for sale, courtesy of community groups. GUEST ARTISTS: Studio 1 Anna Mulders and Harvey Mullen. Studio 2 Theo Koning and Frank Morris. Studio 3 George Howlett and Tom Freeman Studio 4 Jesse from Rocket Boy Designs Studio 5 Stephen Spurrier’s works Studio 7 Ruth Vickers and Annabel Dixon   Proudly supported by City of Fremantle

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Across Cultures Art Classes

Learn from an Aboriginal artist and create your own piece of art. No experience necessary. 6, 13, 20 and 27 May 2017. 10.30am–2.00pm. Bookings essential

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Southpaw

Led by drummer Peter Evans, Southpaw explore the sounds of 50s and 60s rock 'n' roll, folk, pop and country music with a jazz sensibility.   From the Boogaloo to the Bo-Diddley Rhythm, Southpaw play both original music and jazz interpretations of songs from popular artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel. Peter is joined by fellow lefties Simon Jeans on guitar and Shane Pooley on the bass.

The King of the Hearts | Greg Barr Solo Exhibition

The first solo exhibition of local Noongar artist Greg Barr, featuring a body of new inspired works, at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery.  Open daily 10am-4pm Sat 17 June to Sun 2 July. Greg, who has an intellectual disability, has been a practicing artist since 2009 and has been working towards his goal of having his first solo exhibition for the last 18 months.   The title of the show takes inspiration from Greg’s endearing referral to himself as ‘the king’ of his house, and also from the place from which he paints, his heart. The exhibition features 40 of…

#MyFreoStory is your Freo story

We all have a Freo story. From the locals raised in the port city, to the live music lovers or Sunday brunch devotees on the strip, locals and visitors alike have a story to share about Freo. And so #MyFreoStory video competition was born. In early 2016, the #MyFreoStory competition was launched to encourage people to tell their own Freo story, with 40 very unique and heartfelt videos submitted. This included a day in the life of local Freo dog, following a unicyclist’s journey around town to the home of WA Circus, watching a time-lapse artist weave a large red basket around themselves in prominent Fremantle landmarks and Freo-inspired sea shanty “Fremantle, The Pride of WA”.  After much deliberation, 9 entries were shortlisted to determine the overall winner, Shakey’s Story. The first #MyFreoStory winning entry by Oliver Oldroyd and Stevie James Smith depicted the moving true story of a local artist and his strong connection to the Freo art scene and local music legend Bon Scott. We asked the producer Oliver Oldroyd what motivated him and his cousin to enter “We love living here in Freo. There's such a good creative vibe and it's great to be part of it. We love making films and it was also important for us to get Shakey’s name out there and get him recognised for the talented artist he is.” Another entry by a 16 year old student from Perth Modern School, Radheya Jegatheva was “My Journey Through Freo”, voted on the youtube.com/fremantlestory as the best film in our people’s choice category. This young film maker gave us a view of all the things he loves in Freo by filming on his mum’s iPhone. We asked Radheya what motivated him to enter “A bit of everything to be honest, but one of the main messages that I wanted to convey through my video was that Freo is a city that can cater for all sorts of people of all ages - and that there was so much to do and so much to see.” After viewing all of last year’s great films we couldn’t get enough, so in late March we launched the second 2017 #MyFreoStory video competition and are waiting in anticipation for the new stories. If you want to check out last year’s films or submit your own #MyFreoStory video visit fremantlestory.com.au/myfreostory. Competition closes 22 May 2017.

Free-wheeling Fremantle | E Bikes R Us

Free-wheeling Fremantle is a free bike hire service suitable for adults and youth that operates from E Bikes R Us at the E Shed on Victoria Quay. Bikes can be used anywhere in the Fremantle area allowing riders to explore the city at their own leisurely pace. Fremantle is an easy city to explore by bike. Dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the city and shared cycle paths running north, south and along the Swan River make it easy for cyclists to move around. Although Fremantle is built on a series of hills, the most interesting parts of the city and the popular…


Free events

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great day out in Freo. There is always something spontaneous happening on the street and many Fremantle activities and events you can enjoy for free. Visit Fremantle during one of the great festivals and experience the buzzing atmosphere of busking, street performers and parades. Call into the museums and see some of the free exhibitions or browse the beautiful art exhibitions in Fremantle’s best galleries and studio’s.