Exhibitions

Gabriella Michelle Possum

Sisters Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi have carried on the legacy of their father, the late artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, who died in 2002. Both these second generation artists have established their reputations painting the ancestral stories that have come down to them from their parents and grandparents. Gabriella and Michelle continue to use the references to the stories while building on the colour structures and extending the scope of their work to include aspects of Women’s Dreaming. These stories come from the homelands of Yuelamu near Mt Allan. This community was one of the early properties returned…

Insider Art Autumn 2017

Insider Art: Autumn 2017 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.  A joint initiative of the Department of Corrective Services and Fremantle Prison, this quarterly exhibition will be on show in the old Print Shop (Fremantle Prison Gallery). These exhibitions are always diverse in style and ideas.  Pieces exhibited include those from traditional Aboriginal artists with 50,000 years of culture to draw upon; those created by prisoners engaged in tertiary courses in contemporary art practice; and everything in between.  Participation in the creative process offers prisoners more than simple education and recreation.  The production of artworks…

Made in Ochre

When, as in this new exhibition, the walls of Japingka’s upstairs galleries are covered with ochre paintings there is a deep hum of warmth and authority. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the finest work of the great ochre artists, past and present. Long-prized for its ceremonial significance and continually used to replenish images on sacred sites over the centuries, ochre remains the defining medium for many Kimberley painters. This exhibition presents artists working across distant settlements including Warmun, Kalumburu, Derby and Kununurra, each with their own distinctive styles. Ochre painters from the east Kimberley, including the late Rover…

Roger Swainston Drawn to Water

Come and see Roger's amazing portraits of fish and life size coral reef drawings and paintings. An exhibition of underwater drawings and original portraits of fish at earlywork.gallery from the 8 April 2017 to the 7 May 2017. During the exhibition the artist will be working in the gallery, assembling more underwater drawings from his recent trip to Ningaloo. For a unique opportunity to visit the artist behind the scenes, to see his underwater drawing technique and talk to the artist about his current projects, drop in to the gallery during this month to see the work in progress.

Revealed Exhibition New Emerging Aboriginal Artists

The Revealed Exhibition features works by more than 75 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from all over WA, showcasing the diverse and vibrant state of contemporary Aboriginal art. Featuring paintings, prints, wood carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more, this enticing and sometimes surprising exhibition presents the work of artists from extremely remote areas alongside those from regional towns and metropolitan Perth. All works in the exhibition are for sale. Opening Fri 7 Apr | 6:30pm | Free | Exhibition Runs Sat 8 Apr – Sun 21 May

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…

Silence Speaks Kamil Kopecky

An exhibition by a Czech Australian artist Kamil Kopecky of selected artworks from 2012 to 2017 inspired by unique spirit and australian nature.  Kamil Kopecky is telling stories about his connection to nature and his experience with Lifeforce which is present in every form and humans.  This Lifeforce is for him real - same as trees, people, and animals on this planet. He calls this Lifeforce stillness; silence which speaks to him and it is his theme for paintings. Opening night Friday 5 May 6:30pm - 8pm.       

For The Lonely

FOR THE LONELY is a deeply personal body of work rooted in the artists’ subjective experience of loneliness. Eight Perth-based artists explore the often unacknowledged, yet communally shared weight of loneliness on the human conscious. FOR THE LONELY aims to challenge the traditional reliance on passive and visual-based engagement. In a ground breaking exhibition for Perth, accessibility is at the forefront of FOR THE LONELY. Artworks will be tactile, interactive and immersive.  FOR THE LONELY invites you to step into a space where confrontation is welcomed and personal connection celebrated.   Exhibiting artists: Elizabeth Bills, Mark Wahlsten, Toni Lynn Avis, Erica Clarke,…

J Shed Opening Night Special 12th of May

J Shed will be having an opening night on Friday the 12th of May, studios opening a 6pm. Featuring:Oneshed at J Shed (Unit 1): Brett Todman, Retrospective With New WorkGreg James Sculpture Studio Gallery (Unit 2): Axel Kayser, The Wild Flower WallJ Shed Art Studio (Unit 3): New work from Jenny Dawson, Where The Wild Things Grow and Peter Zuvela, Old Cranes At The PortArt of Freo (Unit 4): Ross Potter - Artist, New And Old Work Live music from 9pm at Oneshed at J Shed.(Part of the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct)

PS Upstairs

PS UPSTAIRS invites the public to the remodelled upstairs gallery for a show case of PS Art Space’s resident artists.A great opportunity to view the work of some of the port city's very own artists within the context of their workspace. Join us, it's free! OPENINGFriday 12 May, 6pmRSVP Essential to laure@psas.com.auEXHIBITION13 May - 3 JuneTue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat, 10am-2pmFeaturing works by Sarah McCloseky, Jennifer Garland, Emily McGuire, Anne McCaughey, Christian Sambrailo, Geoffrey Wake, Yvone Carrol, Jennifer Sulai, Laura Mitchell, Dierdre Bruhn, Karin Morris, Ursula Kieliger, John Stubley, Anya Brock, Francesca Gnagnarella, Hazem Awad and Jacinta Payne. 

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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Another Antipodes Exhibition 2017

URBAN AXIS | CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART EXHIBITION + PUBLIC PROGRAM  Opens: 9 June 2017 | 5.30pm   Exhibition Runs: 10 June - 22 July 2017 | PS Art Space | Open Tues - Sat 10am - 8pm Immerse yourself in one of the largest contemporary African art exhibitions to take place globally in 2017 and the first such exhibition to take place within Australia. The Another Antipodes : Urban Axis Exhibition promises to vigorously challenge preconceptions of Africa and nurture cross-cultural discovery. Utilising Southern Africa as a touchstone for engagement the curious are set to be rewarded with an exciting range of new African views, voices and perspectives, highlighting the contemporary…

Help the Homeless Art Auction

Presented by Soroptimist International of Fremantle. Open for viewing Friday 16 June 3pm - 5pm, Saturday 17 June 1pm - 5pm. Starlight Hotel Choir performs at 5pm. Auction begins 5.30pm. Refreshments provided.

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.