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Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 30, 2016
Arthur Head photo supplied by City of Fremantle

Arthur Head photo supplied by City of Fremantle


The City of Fremantle is looking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for licenses for Arthur Head properties in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. This below from the COF:

The purpose and vision for Bathers Beach Art Precinct (BBAP) is to create a dynamic, innovative and authentic art and culture area that (in no order of importance):

  • 􏰀  supports artists, artist collectives and cultural industries,
  • 􏰀  activates the West End and attracting visitors to the space,
  • 􏰀  provides a place for the general public to interact with arts and culture,
  • 􏰀  celebrates the history and heritage of the area,
  • 􏰀  is inclusive of the Bathers Beach environment and
  • 􏰀  is inclusive as an indigenous heritage place.Scope

    The City is seeking applications from a group, organisation or individual that aligns with the overarching vision of the area. We are interested in applicants who are genuinely interested in engaging with the public and this unique space, plus working collaboratively with the city and fellow BBAP tenants to create a vibrant arts hub.

    Applicants can include but aren’t limited to artists (various forms), artist collectives, arts organisations, architects, artisans, interior / industrial / graphic / fashion designers, animators, film makers, writers, curators, arts educators, arts workers, and musicians.

    On offer are the former pilot’s Cottages at 10 Captain’s Lane for $ 1266.00 a months and 11 Captain’s Lane for $ 1566.00 per month, and the small shack at 15 Mrs Trivett Lane for $ 288.00 per month. Licenses for those will be a maximum of five years.

    Also available but only for six months is Unit One of J Shed, where Sunset Events wanted to build a tavern, for $ 1075.00 per month.

What is absolutely unbelievable about the EOI is that the Bathers Beach Art Precinct was conceived to activate the historic area and the West End of Fremantle in general but the City expects new tenants to only open the premises on Fridays and Saturdays between 11 am and 2 pm. That is ridiculous as it will do absolutely nothing to activate the area more as weekends are already the busiest time at the Roundhouse.

The City claims in their EOI that the opening times will be in line with that of other tenants at BBAP but that is not true. The Glen Cowans photo gallery next to the Roundhouse is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 5 pm and the J Shed artist studios are open five to six days a week during normal business hours. The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre also started by being open 20 hours a week the first two years.

The BBAP concept has miserably failed and is now set to get even worse with premises being only open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays for a total of only six hours a week. What on earth is going on, City of Fremantle? Have you all lost your marbles!

By the way, COF has a new Director of Community Development in Fiona Hodges who took over from Marisa Spaziani. Director Hodges worked at the City of Joondalup previously.

Roel Loopers


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  1. bigjulie said, on September 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

    So $1566 divided by 4 weeks = $ 391.5 per week, divided by 6 hours permitted opening = $ 65 dollars per hour rent.
    Stinking thinking.
    How many artists can nett that kind of turnover? I smell a bankruptcy just around the corner.

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