My mates Tom and Lindsey at the STUDIO 37 cafe in the PS Art Centre in Pakenham Street are having a Tom day on April 1. Here is what Tom emailed me:
I’m Celebrating April fools day with a bit of tom foolery down at studio 37 and having a Tom day to celebrate all Tom’s and have a bit of fun! There will be a $5 coffee, banana and Nutella special for all Tom’s, any one who purchases anything on the day will go into a raffle to win a hamper of practical jokes and a $50 voucher for studio 37 which will be drawn in the afternoon with a group photo of as many Tom’s as we can get happening.
Maybe we can get some tomboy girls and tomcats as well!
I am delighted to see scaffolding up and work underway at two of Fremantle’s major heritage sites. At the Married Quarters cottages at Cantonment Hill one can already see some progress, while not much can be seen yet at the Warders Cottages in Henderson Street.
I don’t know what the truth is on the repair status of the Henderson Street cottages with workers telling people they are doing the whole lot, but people in the community saying it is just about repairing the walls and maybe roofs. The scaffolding looks pretty serious so let’s hope the government has found some more money to make substantial renovations there.
Aboriginal issues are close to my heart and concern me a lot because I often feel I am watching the slow suicide of a beautiful culture and people, so hence this post.
It is far too simplistic to make the closure of Aboriginal communities a Black&White issue and one should not dismiss the arguments by the Commissioner of Police lightly.
No one should ever hesitate to combat child and sexual abuse in our society and no one should engage in political correctness and pretend it is not rampant in some Aboriginal communities. But one also has to consider that displacement has been one of the reasons why we have many disfunctional indigenous people in Australia.
One cannot ignore the past and we have to acknowledge that the pain of displacement and being forced off one’s land, together with the Stolen Generations issues, are partly to blame for the alcoholism, substance abuse and domestic and sexual violence in some communities. That does not make it acceptable though that sexual abuse is now the norm and accepted culture in some remote communities.
Forcing people away from their little patch of motherland will again create heart break and hardship and will push the problems elsewhere, like the move on notices police give in cities, that do not solve anything.
Aboriginal people should not put their head in the sand and pretend sexual abusive is not an extremely serious, and absolutely unacceptable, issue in some communities, but white people should also be more thoughtful and considerate about Aboriginal culture when trying to find solutions.
Forcefully moving Aboriginal people is akin to telling people in Spain they will now have to live in Finland. We all need to try to understand and accept the importance of what home means for our indigenous friends in this country, but at the same time we cannot compromise the safety and welfare of innocent children. That is a massive challenge for our society.
Time to get you all in the mood for Easter, the long weekend, some reflection for the believers, and a lot of fun to be had at the Fremantle STREET ART FESTIVAL.
There was this beautiful sunset at Bathers Beach last night while we were having the end party of Sculpture@Bathers a the eclectic Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse with live music by Dom Mariani.
KELP is such a lovely addition to the Freo bar scene that it will hopefully open permanently in the future. Everyone who has been there loves it.
Most sculptures have left now, but for that lonely salt figure in the ocean, that was created by artist Simon Gilby. It will slowly disappear as the elements erode the salt structure and only the skeleton will be left, reminding us of life where we start as perfect babies, grow up and then slowly deteriorate until we die. It is a thought provoking piece of art that I love looking at while contemplating life.
Here some information for my Catholic friends around Fremantle about Notre Dame University Easter events.
On Thursday there will be “An hour of Eucharistic Adoration” in the Molloy Courtyard at 12.30 pm. There will be music by UNDA’s own Holy Spirit Choir and priests will be at hand to give the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
On Good Friday the “Stations of the Cross” will be at the Holy Spirit Chapel on the corner of Croke and Mouat at 10 am.
Of course everyone is welcome!
There is a bit of sadness but also of relief that the Sculpture@Bathers art show finished on Sunday evening. All the volunteers and artists gave so much of their time that many are pretty exhausted and the clean up is still to come next week.
It has been one of the most satisfying and inspiring community projects I have been involved in with a great positive mob of very professional people, lead by one of the arts statesman of W.A. Tony Jones and his wife Pam.
On the ball-and always there-curators Liz Cartell and Kerry Paddon worked their bottoms off to create the sales needed to not end up in the red, while the young guns Julia Watts and Lauren Broom looked after social media promotion. Steve and his team set up the show and will do all the hard work of taking it down and getting the sold works delivered. There were tens of volunteers patrolling the beach to make sure the artworks were safe and also students from Central TAFE.
It has been a labour of love but I am sure everyone is keen to do it all over again in two years from now.
Thank you everyone for making SCULPTURE@BATHERS a memorable experience!
Fremantle’s Bathers Beach was as crowded as a jar of anchovy today when thousands visited the Seafood Festival.
Celebrity chefs showed how to best cook seafood and there were wine and olive oil tastings and yummy food on offer. The cajun prawn sliders and the crumbed sardines in a mini breadroll were delicious, but the mussel paella looked stunning as well.
It was a day of family fun and the perfect weather for it at Fremantle’s most gorgeous little beach.
SCULPTURE@BATHERS has a good review in today’s West Australian newspapers, so to wet your appetite I am putting a slide show presentation on for you all.
The weather is going to be gorgeous all weekend in Fremantle, Kidogo Arthouse will be open till 8 pm so you can view the inside works. the Kelp Bar is open, there is a food market and the artists at Captain’s Lane next to the Roundhouse have a free concert from 5-9 pm.
Tomorrow is the big Seafood Festival on Bathers Beach, so there is really no excuse to stay at home this weekend.
Workers have started setting up for Sunday’s big Seafood Festival so that is another reason to come to Bathers Beach. The KELP BAR at Kidogo Arthouse is open today and Saturday from 4pm and from midday on Sunday. it’s the best and most arty spot in town to have a cold beer or glass of wine.
The third Fremantle Captain’s Lane Summer Fest will be held this Saturday night – 28th of March (5pm till 9pm) in the lane next to the Round House on Arthur Head. There is a fabulous line up again.
Be amazed by Illusionist Dawid Szczuki, move to the invigorating beat of Wasamba Carnival Drummers, dance and enjoy the music of The Fortunados, Tendera and James Irvine, or just sit back and relax.
The art studios on Captains Lane will be open, and there will be art stalls along the lane. Bring along a picnic blanket/chair, a picnic and a drink, and a rug in case the night cools.
I hope to see you in droves from 5-9pm at Captains Lane at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct this Saturday!