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IT’S NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, heritage, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2018

 

Nat Reconciliation Week May 27

 

KAYA! A reminder that it is National reconciliation Week next week, so connect with our Whadjuk Noongar friends, read about indigenous history and culture or just buy a ork of Aboriginal art. There is a beautiful new exhibition at the Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street!

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES OUR HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, festival, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018

 

Heritage Week

 

The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts this weekend with the Noongar Wanjoo Welcome at the Maritime Museum on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. It’s a free event.

There is heaps on offer so make sure to get a printed program or check it on Facebook and the City of Fremantle website.

Former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm will do an Aboriginal cultural tour at 10am from May 27 to June 3 at Bathers Beach. Tickets are $ 10.00.

There are also two-hour long walking tours of Fremantle on May 26 and 27, and June 2 and 3 from2-4pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre at Kings Square.

The History Tour at the National Hotel sounds great and is on 28, 29,30 May at 11 am. It’s a free event.

Activists and Agitators is a walking tour that starts at B Shed on Victoria Quay on Sunday June 3 from 10.30 am. It’s a free event.

Notre Dame University also has several events so check it out on http://www.nd.edu.au/heritagefestival.

Thirty Years of Clancy’s Music is on tomorrow Saturday May 27 from 7pm. Tickets $ 25. and there is Fish&Chops woodchopping in Princess May Park on June 2 from 1pm. A free event.

and there is much much more on offer!

Roel Loopers

 

FREO MAYOR’S BAD ARTHUR’S HEAD HERITAGE CALL

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, j shed, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2018

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt’s latest blogpost about the changing face of Arthur’s Head: https://cofremantle.wordpress.com is an attempt at trying to justify his support for the Sunset Events tavern proposal at J Shed. This is no doubt in response to the smoking ceremony held at Bathers Beach on Saturday in protest to the tavern proposal.

I am grateful for the historic facts and the fantastic historic photos the Mayor published, but I believe Brad Pettitt is missing the point. His argument that because Arthur’s Head changed so much and the J Shed building was added later, it is less significant than other parts of the area above it is flawed.

It is like arguing that land significant to Aboriginal people is no longer significant because mining and development have changed the area.

Just a few metres south of the proposed tavern was the Whaling Station, and Bathers Bay was where the Swan River Colony started, and sadly also the transport of Aboriginal men and boys to the inhumane Rottnest Island Aboriginal Quod prison.

As a board member of the Heritage Council Mayor Brad Pettitt should be well aware that there is tangible and intangible history. Even the beaches and slaughter fields of all the wars have changed over time, but have never become less significant because changes to the areas were made.

Historic significance of place is not measured in metres or what has been taken away or been added! There is very little tangible evidence left of the WWII bombing of Rotterdam, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Berlin, etc.

The Roundhouse is no longer the same as it was when it was built, so does that make the oldest public building in Western Australia less significant?

I have no issue with the Freo Mayor being a big fan of the tavern at J Shed, but I would expect a more intelligent debate from him to support his position than to try to discredit the heritage significance of parts of Arthur’s Head.

Bad call, Brad!

Roel Loopers

STUNNING ABORIGINAL ART FUNDRAISER AT KIDOGO

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fundraising, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2018

 

 

A fund raising exhibition at Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse, in support of Origins Centre, Balingup is a one-off opportunity of acquiring works by leading Australian artists on sale from the private collection of art curator, Christina McGuinness.

STORIES is an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and textiles collected from throughout Australia for over thirty years.

It’s only on for 3 days. Opens: 6.30pm on Friday 11 May. Last day is Sunday May 13 where the gallery is open from 11am to 5pm.

This private collection spans over thirty years of interest and love of the first peoples culture and art of this country.. Christina has not only worked in Perth supporting Aboriginal arts/artists in organisations and institutions such as Department for the Arts (now Dept. of Culture & the Arts) and Craftwest (now FORM) but also worked in commercial galleries specialising in Aboriginal art including Dreamtime Gallery and Randall Lane Fine Art.

Over the years she has visited and worked with WA communities Marribank, Warburton, Warakurna, and Waringarri Arts in Kununurra. And interstate to communities that include Papunya, Kintore, Ramingining/Arnhem Land in NT. And also Lockhart River, Weipa and Hope Vale in FNQ where she did marketing work with Hope Vale Arts and met her dear friend, artist Roy McIvor.

Now Christina wants to share most of her collection while supporting a community that is also very close to her heart and personal well-being. *Origins Centre, Balingup will be gifted the entire net proceeds of the sale in support of their Archival & Restoration Program.

Artists include: Paddy Carlton, Shirley Purdie, Lily Karedada, Peter Skipper. Pantjiti Mary McLean, Paddy Fordham Wainburranga, Nancy Petyarre, Anmanari Brown, Charlie Djurdjin, Carol Golding, Edgar Pike, Jane Alimankinni, Nyarrapyi Giles and Roy McIvor.

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FREMANTLE FIREWORKS ARE BACK!

 

Those who missed the Fremantle fireworks on Australia Day will be delighted that the Fishing Boat Harbour traders have organised fireworks on WA DAY, June 3 from 6 pm.

The early 6pm time will be good for families with very young children, so it’s a win win.

The move by Fremantle Council to scrap the fireworks and Australia Day events and replace them with the ONE DAY concert have ben very controversial, but also been followed by other councils in Australia.

Holding fireworks on WA Dy is probably a much better idea and will be a lot less upsetting for our indigenous people, but for me personally I find fireworks a huge waste of money and would rather see a laser and projections show.

Anyway, folks, Fremantle fireworks are back!

Roel Loopers

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STORIES OF NYUNGAR DANCING PERFORMANCE

 

Nyungar dancing

 

I have been reading the fascinating Dancing in Shadows book about Histories of Nyungar performance by historian Anna Haebich and recommend it to anyone interested in the history of our local Wadjuk Nyungar, and all the indigenous people of Australia.

The book published by UWA was gifted to me by my generous mate Paolo Gumina and I can’t thank him enough! I have already learned so many new things about WA’s Nyungar history in the first 100 pages.

The book is about corroborees  and dancing and The power of Indigenous performance pitted against the forces of settler colonisation and is a fantastic read.

One important fact I learned is that with 40,000 people our WA Nyungars are the largest Aboriginal group/tribe/nation in Australia.

The book launch was held at the New Edition bookshop in Fremantle’s High Street, so they will have copies for you to purchase. Go and get one today!

Roel Loopers

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DESERT ART AT KIDOGO ARTHOUSE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2018

 

Kidogo 19 April opening Daisy Ward

 

PURLTIKATJA is a stunning show of work by Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward that opens this Thursday evening at Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach. The exhibition runs from the 19-25 April

The exhibition, curated by anthropologist Jan Turner, features canvasses from the deserts of Western Australia and in particular the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Canvasses gathered over twenty years to tell stories, to communicate, to make explicit, Indigenous concepts, histories and family relationships. Canvasses used as tools of explanation in the contexts of land rights, native title, mining negotiations and the politics of representation. Canvasses that by their existence have provided a conduit for two worlds to come together in often difficult circumstances.

The desert woman, Daisy Tjuparntari Ward makes a guest appearance at this exhibition. An artist, a cross-cultural educator, an ambassador for her people, a political rights activist and a proud upholder of her culture. Ward and Turner have shared for thirty years an inter-cultural space, as tjurturarra [a two sister team]. Born in the same year, cultures apart, they have grown together learning much about their own and each other’s cultures.

Many of the canvasses come from the period prior to the establishment of community based commercial art centres. The artists represented in this highly personal collection come from several language groups: Ngaanyatjarra, Mantjiltjara, Pitjantjatjara and Pintupi. The artworks are tangible representations of the anthropologist’s relationships through generations and across language groups. They were collected specifically for the purpose of cross-cultural education, as visual components of an anthropologist’s toolkit.

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STUNNING ABORIGINAL ART AT REVEALED MARKET

 

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No doubt Pauline Hanson would not agree with the wonderful, wonderful REVEALED Aboriginal art market and exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre today because there is too much emphasis on Aboriginal people.

Well, Pauline, if you want to ignore 50,000 years of a beautiful people and culture and their long history in Australia just please your own ignorance. For people like me REVEALED is a great opportunity to see art from the desert, the Kimberley and down South and connect with our indigenous friends.

The atmosphere in the courtyard is fantastic and half of Perth came out to buy some stunning Aboriginal art, so go and join them!

Roel Loopers

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ALL REVEALED ABOUT ABORIGINAL ART AT FAC

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on April 6, 2018

 

revealed

 

The amazing annual REVEALED exhibition and art market by Aboriginal artists from remote communities starts tomorrow at the Fremantle Arts Centre with the delightful artmarket in the courtyard.

Hundreds of outstanding artworks will be on display and for sale and many of the artists will be present.

All the galleries will also display the works, so make sure to visit the FAC as it is a great opportunity to connect with WA’s indigenous artists and culture and purchase one of the works.

This once-a-year opportunity to buy art directly from emerging and established Aboriginal artists has become a firm favourite on the FAC calendar and definitely not to be missed. Bringing together artists from all over WA, with works starting from $50 and all profits from sales returning to the makers and art centres, this is a great chance to purchase quality new artworks.

Browse a range of craft and artworks, including paintings, textiles, woven items, artefacts, clothing, ceramics, jewellery and more in the beautiful surrounds of FAC’s Front Garden.

Sat 7 Apr | 10am–5pm | Free Entry

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Posted in aboriginal, BOOKS, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on March 30, 2018

 

KAYA! A big mob of people turned up this morning at the Fremantle Moores building for the official opening of the inaugural Woylie Aboriginal Australian Kids Story Festival.

It is the concept of the Paper Bird bookshop’s owner Jennifer Jackson and already a great success.

Under the watchful eyes of kids and grown ups and State Treasurer Ben Wyatt, and elders such as Noel Nannup, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, etc. Noongar elder Marie Taylor did a welcome to country and smoking ceremony.

Today the program is 1pm Desert Tales, 1.30pm Madjitil Moorna Choir, 2.15pm Golden Spirit and 3pm Young Naturalists.

Saturday 7.30am, Breakfast with the Publishers, 10am Silly Birds!, 11am Story Custodian of Noongar Boodjar, 12.20pm Battle of the Illustrators, 1.15pm Diverse Voices, 2.15pm Colours and Dreams.

Check out more on http://www.paperbird.com.au/events/aaksf

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Roel Loopers

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