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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…

Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas

For Christmas shoppers that love a list or those preferring to browse–here’s Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas and tips to relax and enjoy the festive season... 12 things you can only buy in Fremantle Did you know 92.9 FM’s Ryan Jon lives in Freo? He’s been checking out gift ideas and found 12 things you can only buy in Fremantle (we quite like the sound of that baby rattle). There’s nothing like open air shopping Fremantle is without doubt Western Australia’s best open air shopping experience with the Freo Doctor gently blowing, cafés with parklets and lots of choices for a mid shop pit stop. Where else can you tick off your Christmas shopping and head down to Bathers Beach House to relax. Put your toes in the sand, enjoy a 'long jetty iced tea' and watch the sunset (**sigh**). Shop with the family Make the list, plan your stops using our beautiful Fremantle shopping map (↓), and set the reward for the kids when you’re all done (the icecream at Gabriel Chocolate is a winner). There's markets, boutiques, small and large stores where the kids can pick out something special even on a pocket money budget. Break it up with a run around the Esplanade - big kids at the skate park and little ones at the playground or maybe a ride on the wheel. ‘Santa’ might glean some clues for Christmas gifts along the way. Christmas markets, cooperatives and collectives and uber cool gifts Fremantle is home to many creative peeps and the markets, cooperatives or collectives are a haven for gifts from local makers and artisans. Look for them at MANY 2.0, FOUND at Fremantle Art Centre, Common Ground and The Artisan Store on High Street or check out the list on our shopping pages . Pick up the turkey, the ham and everything else for the table - in Fremantle Whether you bring the people you love together with an Aussie style BBQ or traditional sit down dinner, clove studded hams, plump turkeys, cherries or flowers for the table are waiting at gourmet stores, grocers and delicatessens in Freo. Get an early start at Frank’s on Wray Ave or pop into Kakulas Sister and Little Sister, Freo’s purveyors of groceries and fine foods from around the world. Head over to our groceries and fresh food pages to find more.  Gifts for the impossible to buy for! For folks that have everything - experiences hit the mark. A season pass to Luna on SX, tickets to Spare Parts summer show Moominpappa at Sea, a headlining act at Fremantle Arts Centre’s 2019 events program or splurge on a night or two at one of Fremantle’s boutique hotels. Find more inspo here. Light up your Christmas spirit Amidst the pre Christmas frenzy it’s lovely to stop and enjoy the season. Light up your Christmas spirit at the free annual City of Fremantle’s Candlelight Carols (this year at Fremantle Oval). Kidogo Arthouse brings in songstress Kavesha Mazella and guest musicians for Carols & Christmas songs on the deck and Fishing Boat Harbour is hosting a special Christmas Festival through December with carollers, circus acts, Christmas lights and markets. Check the Fremantle story special events pages for new events added daily. That special something Creations Jewellery and Designers travel the world to find the best diamonds for bespoke pieces available in their High Street flagship store. Much sought after Australian South Sea pearls can be found at Kailis Australian Pearls in Fremantle’s West End precinct and Fremantle Opals have a stunning range of uncut pieces from some of the best opal fields in the world including Australia’s Lightning Ridge. #shopFREO competition Thought WA’s best open air shopping experience couldn’t get any better? Well you could also win $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle! Just ask for the unique code word in 85 + participating businesses when you spend $20 or more in one store. Enter your code word online (and wait for the call!). Two $500 prizes will be drawn each Friday right up to 21 December 2018.   Free parking Santa Keep an eye out for #freeparkingsanta and his elves as their annual visit from the North Pole kicks off in December. They’ll be making guest appearances right up to Christmas looking for shoppers to pay for their parking.

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)…

Fret Less Music School

Experienced, Friendly, Fun GUITAR LESSONS with Pete. All levels. Home studio. Most Days. Learn something new in a happy caring environment.

Glen Cowans Studio at the Roundhouse

Visit the gallery to view Glen Cowans' photography of marine images inspired by the waters of Western Australia and oceans around the world. His subjects are the seascapes within and the breathlessly beautiful life forms that live there. Cowans' images allow us to contemplate the wondrous life of the oceans. His lens is our microscope, exposing colour and species with a complexity and sculptural form not normally visible to the naked eye.

Globe Town Project

Globe Town Project Inc believes that art and creative activity gives everyone the opportunity to express themselves in their truest sense.  We want being creative to be open to everybody and through their involvement develop the role of the arts to support positive change within our local community. 

Greg James Sculpture Studio and Gallery

Greg James is one of Western Australia's finest sculptors. He is renowned for his iconic public artwork, including The Fishermen, Bon Scott and Pietro Porcelli in Fremantle. Greg’s sculptures attest to his attention to detail and his ability to capture the essence of his subjects. His work is interactive and tactile, inviting participation from the public. His work celebrates the beauty and sensuality of the human form, and explores concepts of the human condition. View a range of Greg’s collectable works from his loft gallery that overlooks the busy studio where his unique sculptures are created. 

Hidden gems of Fremantle Festival

Okay, so you’ve booked your tickets to the big names at this year’s festival, the likes of Bernard Fanning, Waleed Aly or Dan Sultan but in true Freo style you only need to scratch the surface and there’s way more to discover. Fremantle Festival is moving to be a fully curated arts festival where all shows are selected to resonate with this place. In some cases the Fremantle Festival is the only place you can catch these quirky and unique performances. With that in mind we’ve found five hidden gems at stunning Fremantle venues that we think you need to…

Inkling Art Space

Art workshops for curious and creative kids! We run classes and workshops throughout the year with a focus on building art skills and critical thinking. We have lots of fun exploring different techniques, especially drawing. This term at the Inkling Art Space we will be painting, drawing, stitching and making a marvelous mess! Join in the fun at one of our excellent classes or workshops where professional artists will help you to build your art muscles. (The more art we make, the better we get!) There are sessions for children of all ages, and some for grown-ups too. We can't wait to…

J Shed Art Studio

The studio specialises in ceramic murals and it is run by Jenny Dawson. Jenny Dawson is a ceramic artist, public artist, designer, teacher, consultant and project co-ordinator. Jenny Dawson established the J Shed Art Studio in 1992 after completing residencies at the Hobart School of Art in Tasmania and at the Deruta Grazia Maiolica workshops in Italy. She runs a thriving studio situation that invites projects on a large scale.  Opening hours - Wed to Friday 12-4pm all other times by appointment

Jacksons Drawing Supplies

Trading for over 60 years, Jacksons Drawing Supplies is WA’s leader in Art Supplies. Visit us for all your Art, Craft, Ceramics, Drawing, Technical Drawing Supplies & much more . Our staff can provide advice from getting started right through to sharing their expertise about materials we stock.

Japingka Gallery

See great Aboriginal art at Japingka Gallery, new exhibitions in upstairs gallery, huge stockroom, always 100s of Aboriginal paintings on view from all areas of Australia. The gallery is located on two levels of a heritage 1880s warehouse in Fremantle's West End. The Directors have worked with Aboriginal artists for 30 years, and major artists and emerging communities are all well represented. Visiting artists and the best in contemporary Aboriginal art - open 7 days in Fremantle, or view exhibitions & artists profiles online.  Japingka Gallery is delighted to present a wonderful collection of recent paintings by renowned Utopia artist…

Jazz Fremantle Inc

Our main aim is to promote live jazz to the wider community and to this end we have provided a showcase for several community bands plus various school and community orchestras. We have a strong commitment to young musicians and have held fund- raisers to assist several to make overseas trips for advanced study and performance. Jazz Fremantle hosts a program of modern and mainstream jazz each Sunday afternoon (excluding long weekends) from 4 till 7pm at the Fremantle Navy Club. Level 2, 64 High Street Fremantle.

Jenny Dawson Ceramics

Jenny Dawson is a ceramic artist, public artist, designer, teacher, consultant & project coordinator. Jenny has established a thriving studio that invites projects on a large scale and collaborations with artists from other disciplines. Opening hours - Wed to Friday 12-4pm all other times by appointment.

Jo Darvall Fremantle based Artist

Australian artist Jo Darvall creates work that reconnects people with their sensual nature, from her delicate watercolours, to her kinetic installations and 2D paintings. Originally from Melbourne, Jo studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, receiving a BA in Fine Art in 1998. She established an arts charity AKC with fellow Roar Artists in the 1990s, and has raised over A$1M to date. Jo worked with Master Printer Kim Westcott and had a studio at the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne. Since moving to Perth Jo has continued to build on her arts practice, and was recently awarded the…

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