Public arts

Creative Freo

This trail offers you a diverse mix of what near and dear to this City’s heart, our arts scene. Commence at Australia’s flagship puppet theatre and meander through contemporary and indigenous galleries, explore our Writer Walk, see artists at work, enjoy public artworks, view artisan wares before jumping on the Cat Bus to end your journey within the beautiful grounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre. To visit Fremantle and miss this trail would be to miss something fundamental to this City’s identity. Length: 3.79km Time: 47 mmins

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…

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)…

Rainbow

At nine metres high, 19 metres long and tipping the scales at 66 tonnes, Rainbow is not your average public art piece. The sculpture, by prominent Perth artist Marcus Canning, is constructed from nine recycled sea containers joined to form an arch. Colourful and creative, the sea containers form the shape of a giant rainbow as a universal symbol of hope and inspiration as well as being a highly visible Fremantle welcome statement. The largest public art piece ever commissioned by the City of Fremantle, the $145,000 Rainbow is the jewel in the crown of more than 50 public art…

Street Art

Fremantle has long been a cultural melting pot for the arts. This trail explores the street art in our city, the artistic careers that were born here and the international artists that have contributed to our collection. Length: 6.15 km Time: 1.25 hrs

The 1897 Window Gallery

The 1897 Window Gallery is a single large window of four panes, in the wall of a late 19th century Fremantle house. After the building’s earlier life as a shop, the gallery provides a modest reconnection with the street, bringing neighbours, friends, and strangers to a brief moment of fascination, a short but welcome interruption from the everyday.

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…


Public art in Fremantle

Fremantle is a dynamic centre for the arts and many visitors to the city are keen to access the stories of Fremantle that are revealed through public artwork. Spending time exploring public art in all its forms is one of the wonderful things to do in Fremantle. From trail markers acknowledging the indigenous history of the city to more temporary street art projects that have seen the creation of giant octopuses and buffalo on the side of buildings. These projects are insights into the cultural history of our wonderful city and are a great Fremantle attraction if you are looking for things to do in Fremantle.