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Posted in art, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on April 26, 2018


Federal Hotel art


Good to see the owners of the Fremantle Federal Hotel beautifying the laneway wall with a large mural by local artist Art by Destroy. It is still a work in progress but very Freo

Walk down Paddy Troy Lane to get the best look at it, and check out the hotel’s daily specials.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on April 18, 2018




It is disappointing but not a surprise that the World of Renovation shop by the Million Dollar Makeovers renovation experts in Fremantle’s High Street has closed down.

The business was ostentatious and pretentious, and three of the businesses of owner Sasha deBretton have gone into liquidation, according to the West Australia today.

The quite lovely cafe at the back already closed sometime in January.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, exhibition, mining, Uncategorized by freoview on April 18, 2018




I love the cavernous former warehouse space of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street. One can really contemplate there while watching art shows and it would be a fantastic space for meditation.

The space is ideally suited to making exhibitions into installations, as the present show does well.

The Built to last exhibition by Jennifer Garland at Fremantle’s PS ART SPACE is an investigation of once prosperous places and the extraction of commodities. The legacy of history is explored in a mixed-media installation inspired by archival records, satellite imagery, and scientific research. Now in decline, these places are filled with unsettling omens which offer projections of possible futures. The exhibition reimagines histories and makes connections across time in order to examine nature in an era defined by its absence.

Experimental processes of transformation have been used which introduce chance elements and convey a sense of chaos. This involves techniques utilizing oxidisation, melting and distortion. Industrial materials including hi vis safety equipment also contribute to an undercurrent of danger. 

The show runs till May 11 and is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2 pm.

Roel Loopers


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.


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, photography, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2018


Freo lifestyle


Just another beautiful Sunday morning in gorgeous Fremantle! I took this photo at the East West Design warehouse in South Fremantle a couple of hours ago.

Roel Loopers



MIssing Sock. Spare Parts

FCO April 14:15

Two cultural highlights for Fremantle this weekend. At the Shipwrecks Museum Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will start the Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock, while the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra will perform with clarinetist Michael Hodgkins in the Fremantle Townhall this Sunday.

….and more cultural greatness: Fremantle Arts Centre has confirmed its position as one of Perth’s most popular concert venues, with ticket sales for events over the next few months topping $1.2 million.
The historic venue will host Welsh rockers Stereophonics on 5 May, Angus and Julia Stone on 26-27 May and Vance Joy on 23-24 September.
City of Fremantle Arts and Culture Manager Pete Stone said combined the three acts had sold more than 15,000 tickets.

Roel Loopers.




The Fremantle Council Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee last night approved all, but one, items on the agenda. Some of them will have to go through full council next week before being implemented though.

  • The contract for J Shed between the City of Fremantle and Sunset Venues will be changed for a smaller venue. The Director of City Business explained that is not a planning approval, so the proposed  300 patron tavern might still be stopped when and if Sunset Venues applies for it and for a liquor license.
  • The Solar Farm also got the tick of approval but Councillor Andrew Sullivan said he would have liked to see officers explore the possibility and costs of remediation of the site as it might well be profitable if it could be developed for residential living.
  • The new Precinct Policy was also adopted with Councillor Andrew Sullivan saying he never saw the need for precincts to be managed by the City, as community groups should rise and fall depending on the interest and participation of residents.
  • The contract for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club will also go ahead, so the footy club is getting all their Christmases at once. It appears they have been playing a bit of hard ball with CoF, so I am not sure why we so desperately need the club at the oval as it will not generate any income for the City. Not even the outgoings for power, water, etc. have reached an agreement yet. Councillor Rachel Pemberton was very worried about the big LED sign and said the City should make sure that the SFFC would not put up more of them.

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Click on photos to enlarge!


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



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




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



Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2018




Perth artist Rick Vermey, who is a really nice bloke, has been announced as the the artist to design a new public artwork for the Fremantle  LIV Apartments  on Queen Victoria Street

Rick was commissioned to design the permanent installation in LIV’s entrance as part of the City of Fremantle Percent for Art Scheme.

The tunnel-like structure will be visible from the Queen Victoria and Quarry Street entrances and will be illuminated from within, creating a vibrant space for Liv’s residents and the wider Fremantle community to enjoy.

As part of the creative process Rick Vermey partnered with emerging computational design specialist and architect Daniel Giuffre to come up with the winning design.

The after-dark presence created by the wind-animated dynamic lighting will provide a focal point for night-time visitors to the precinct.

There will be 166 apartments at LIV and approximately 1,300m2 of commercial space, as well as landscaped courtyards with edible gardens for the residents, plus cafes and restaurants .

The new permanent public artwork is due to be installed by August 2018, which is also the due date for the completion of the development.

I think the artwork will look great, but I do have a problem with art incorporated in new development.  The percentage for the arts scheme in Fremantle will give us a lot of new public art in Fremantle because of all the new development, but when the buildings are demolished in 50-100 years the art also disappears and that is a real shame for future generations.

Roel Loopers


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