Exhibitions

Reform The History of Reformative Measures

Prisons serve four main functions in society. They punish offenders, protect the community from criminals, act as a disincentive to people considering crime and provide prisoners the opportunity to reform before their release back into the community. The exhibition Reform: A History of Reformative Measures at Fremantle Prison explores what strategies were employed at Fremantle Prison to control and change prisoner behaviour. While Fremantle Prison was at times a place of harsh punishment, it also provided prisoners with the opportunity to acquire new skills and reform. The exhibition explores the practice of religion, education, work and training at Fremantle Prison through its…

Spinifex Arts Project 20th Anniversary

Japingka Gallery presents Spinifex Artists from the remote Pitjantjatjara lands in WA. Artists Ngalpingka Simms, Kanta Donnegan and Tjaruwa Woods will attend the opening on Friday 10 November.   Twenty years ago the Spinifex People of the Great Victoria Desert began an epic journey of recovery and restoration. Moved off their ancestral lands by missile and nuclear tests of the 1950s, they had determined to relocate to the homelands. They moved back in the 1980s. Then in 1987 Spinifex Arts Project was established to map the connections between the people and their lands. Their Native Title claim was successful and…

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10863 Bushranger presented by ActBelongCommit

10863 Bushranger showcases artworks created by WA visual artist Di Taylor and tells the life and adventures of Frank Thomas, a young bushranger from the Mid West region of Western Australia. Thomas regularly appeared in the news in the early 1920s for his skill as a rider and bushman, for eluding police and for escaping custody on multiple occasions. He spent time at both Geraldton Gaol and Fremantle Prison, with The West Australian comparing his exploits to the Kelly gang!

Christmas Collection 2017

Japingka Gallery has put together a special collection of paintings by Aboriginal artists that have brought us joy & surprise in 2017 – we hope you will find this selection a rich source of inspiration. As a big THANK YOU to everyone who has followed our exhibitions throughout the year, we have put together a broad sample of inspiring paintings that may give you as much joy and excitement as us. Our web site collections are one of the ways we enjoy showing the work by the artists we are proud to represent. We hope you will get the same sort of…

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country is an expansive exhibition of new work taking over FAC’s galleries. The works are the result of 18 months of artists’ residencies in remote and regional Aboriginal art centres across Australia. Artists from six key Aboriginal art centres have invited leading independent artists – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – from around the country to work with them. The resulting collaborative artworks are significant, striking and bold in their inventive use of materials. Featuring sculptural works, installations and films drawing together the ideas of artists from diverse backgrounds, In Cahoots presents the fascinating, potent collaborations…

Art Exhibition 89 Days

The “89 days” exhibition is a collection of new artworks from some of Western Australia’s best contemporary artists. The exhibition is a visual response to the poems and passages written by the Irish political prisoners (the Fenians) during the journey of the final convict ship to arrive in Australia, the Hougoumont, which landed in Fremantle on January 10th 1867. While the literature that has inspired this exhibition was created on the journey to Fremantle, which lasted 89 days, it is the remarkable escape stories from Western Australia to the United States of several of the Fenians that has established the Fenian legend here in Western Australia.

Transportation Exhibition

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Transportation presents the stories of men, women and children forcibly sent to convict sites around Australia, exploring 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, Transportation demonstrates the impact…

Blue

15 Aboriginal artists have focused on the color blue in this collection of paintings that invokes stories of water, sky, seasons and clouds.  Sometimes used to signify water and aspects of the ether – wind, smoke, clouds, night skies – blue becomes a more familiar colour in the work of these Aboriginal artists. On the dry Australian continent blue holds the promise of coolness and moisture, the chance for life to recover and regenerate. It is a colour that sits around the earth rather than in it, contrasting to the deep orange oxide of the land. Blue is a contrast in the paintings as…

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…


Exhibitions

Fremantle has long been centre for arts and culture and there is always a great program of exhibitions and events to discover. If you are looking for what to do in Fremantle on the weekend or during the week check out our listings of exhibitions at the many studios, art spaces, pop up shops and art galleries in Fremantle. Potter around any of the precincts such as the West End, Wray Avenue or the Fremantle Arts Centre and discover some of Western Australia’s best artists, designers and makers.