Freo's View

PAPARAZZI ON HORATIO

Posted in art, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

Horatio

No one is more very Freo than artist Horatio Birdbath, so when I saw him sitting at a bus stop on South Terrace, when I had to stop behind a bus at the Fremantle Markets, I could not resist and take this paparazzi photo of  him.

Roel Loopers

BORING NEW F(reo)ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 12, 2017

 

The new public artwork in the Fremantle High Street Mall is rather disappointing in my view.

My fine art photographer mate Brad and I were wondering this morning why the proportions are so wrong. Small colourful arty bits on the tops of colourless huge thick posts.

The dimensions seemed all wrong to us, no matter that the work is supposedly inspired by the Fremantle Doctor seabreeze and that the elements on top of the posts will be turning with the direction of the wind.

Why do the posts have to be so thick and why were they not also made colourful?

The interactive artwork will have some sound with it I was told, but even that won’t make up for the visual disappointment of it.

YEP, I know that there will be people disagreeing with me, and that is totally fine as beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all have different tastes.

Roel Loopers

BATHERS BEACH ART BONANZA AT J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2017

My friends at the Fremantle J SHED art studios on Bathers Beach are having an open studios day this Friday May 12 from 6 pm.

There will be eclectic shows in the four studios, from ceramics, to sculptures, paintings and photography and there is even a stunning camper van work in progress at the number 1 studio.

Photographer Peter Zuvela has used interesting Photoshop techniques for his old crane port photos, while next door Axel Kayser has done some stunning wildflower photos and also fascinating aerial photos of very creative crop creations.

Ross Potter will show his integrate pencil drawings, Brett Todman paintings and sculpture and Jenny Dawson ceramics.

The A Class reserve has been transformed into a sculpture park, so come a bit early to watch the sun set!

The artists received a phone call from a City bureaucrat to tell them they do not have a license to play live music at the opening and that is just plain bloody stupid!

Many art exhibition openings have live music and Fremantle Council has been keen to activate the Bathers Beach Art Precinct for many years, but when the artists collaborate and initiate new ideas, some red tape addict wants to stop them from attracting the community to the event by banning live music by local musos who donate their time and talent.

Just get a life City of Fremantle. Your management of the Arthur’s Head arts precinct is less than satisfactory!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the delightful Janet Nixon! Enjoy the bubblies Greg James just brought in. ; >)

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY

Posted in art, fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2017

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It does not take paint brushes to create watercolour artworks as this photo I took in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour on Sunday shows.

When one is observant and looks for beauty these kind of images pop up out of nowhere.

Finding beauty in the ordinary has been my motto in life for a long time.

Roel Loopers

THE ART OF FEELING

Posted in art, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2017

PSAS

HOLD MY HAND | FOR THE LONELY PREVIEW PERFORMANCE at Fremantle’s PS Art Space in Pakenham Street.

Saturday 6 May, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Sessions start every 30 minutes
Tickets from $21 | Get Tickets

Will you hold my hand? May I tuck you in?
May I leave you?
Enter an emotional emergency department,
When you are brave enough close your eyes.
Navigate isolation and closeness.
Walk slowly towards the feeling of loneliness.

HOLD MY HAND welcomes you to an immersive series of intimate encounters and sensory interaction. In a special preview to the exhibition FOR THE LONELY, these performances challenge a traditional exhibition format, inviting you to interact directly with the artists in an exclusive one night event. Step into a space where isolation and closeness is grappled with.

FOR THE LONELY challenges the reliance on traditional means of 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. A night NOT to be missed! To purchase your tickets, please follow this link

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YOUNG FREO ART AWARD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2017

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The 2017 25 under 25 Art Award is now open for entries!
Young WA artists aged 14-25 are invited to enter their most exciting, accomplished and imaginative artworks and be in the running to win $1500 cash, plus loads of other prizes including $500 cash, an artist residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre and a portfolio mentorship.
It’s free to enter so you’ve got nothing to lose!
Get your entries in before midnight on Sunday May 14.
Full details at www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/25under25

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NEW ARTWORK FOR FREO MALL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

The foundations for a new artwork are being put in the Fremantle High Street Mall near the corner of William Street as part of the Atwell Arcade development.

I have not heard who the artist is so stay tuned. I’ll put a photo up as soon as it is there!

Roel Loopers

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FREO STREET ART SUNDAY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2017

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I love Fremantle sooo much! What a stunning weekend again in our little historic city and how nice to see that so many people appreciate it much better than some of the nay-saying negative locals.

Living here is like being permanently on holiday when I walk around town and the atmosphere on Sunday at the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival was just perfect.

Music stages at some of the hotels that came out onto the streets, as did the retailers to show their wares.

An easter market in High Street, a children’s play and relaxation area and at the bar Benny’s they even had solar benches to sit on where one could just put one’s mobile phone down on so it got charged.

There are really great vibes in inner city Freo so don’t miss it! It’s in my opinion the best event and festival around and it goes into the evenings and is on all Sunday and Monday from midday!

I was very time-challenged today looking after a little dog and my own dodgy health, hence not a very comprehensive photo report, but I’ll do better the next two days. I promise.

Roel Loopers (Apologist for having Freo fun)

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RETHINK BATHERS BEACH ART PRECINCT

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on April 12, 2017

Fremantle Council made the right decision a few weeks ago about the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Instead of just handing the DADAA Beach Street building over to Noongar people and see if the centre would work better in a different location from the one it occupied at Arthur Head, Council decided it actually needed to find out first what our local indigenous people want and need.

I believe Council should take the same approach to the Bathers Beach Art Precinct concept because it has not been working as well as it could have.

First Council needs to be very clear if they really believe a tavern at J Shed is appropriate for the arts and heritage precinct, because the WA Planning Commission and State Administrative Tribunal both don’t believe a tavern is the appropriate use for the A-Class reserve.

The arts precinct idea is nice but it lacks an outcome-based concept. All we keep hearing from Council is that they want to activate the area, but that cannot be achieved by packing amateur artists into residential small cottages at Captain’s and Mrs Trivett Lane.

The only truly professional outfit on top of the hill has been the Glen Cowans Photography Gallery, most other attempts have been dismal failures up there.

Arthur Head is already well activated with 135,000 people visiting the Roundhouse annually. That deserves more support and more thought from the City of Fremantle on how it can promote that tourist attraction better, hold more evening events in the historic building and how we can better connect the precinct with Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour.

J Shed has been working very well as an arts hub for many years, but professional artists are not performing circus animals and that is where the Bathers Beach Art Precinct fails and the concept is wrong. One cannot expect artists working on sculptures and ceramics to have their doors open to the public daily, as they simply do not have the time to engage with the public and interrupt their public art commissions. Even artists need to make a living!

The new Art in Freo gallery that took over the woodworkers No 4 studio works well and does children activities during school holidays, and holds events and classes, while Jenny Dawson and Greg James in the studios next door most of the time share their spaces with other international and Aboriginal artists.

Sunset Events ‘new’ proposal for the No 1 Studio is not very different at all from the one rejected by two state authorities and Fremantle Council. They have just given it a different name and now the tavern is supposed to be only a family restaurant with a tavern license with strong emphasis on culture and heritage. And pigs do fly.

Fact is that Sunset Events have only taken out the open air concerts part of their proposal and everything else is very much the same as it previously was, and was rejected.

Fact is also that nothing can stop Sunset Events from applying for so-called one-off events, such as large outdoor concerts on the reserve, and we all know that applicants often want to make changes once Council has approved a planning proposal.

So are we supposed to take Sunset Events’ word for it that the family restaurant won’t quickly change into a tavern with concerts when they realise the profit margin for a restaurant is too low for their investment? Yes pigs do fly indeed.

Fremantle Council needs to take the Arthur Head activation plans back to the drawing board, as they did with the Aboriginal Centre, and stop putting the cart before the horse. It needs careful consideration and more support for those who are already there, and much better quality control of who can lease the Pilots Cottages.

Working artists studios will never significantly activate the area, but professional art and craft galleries might. One also has to consider if selling tourism related goods would be a better option for the cottages because the markets in Fremantle are only open on weekends and many visitors to the area often ask for markets.

It is not going to do anyone any good to stubbornly hold on to the arts precinct idea when something else might just work much better.

Above all, let us not forget that Arthur Head is one of the most significant historic precincts in Western Australia, with the Roundhouse the oldest public building in the state.

Back to the drawing board and a think tank with artists, the tourism industry, etc. Freo Council!

Roel Loopers

SUPER FREO STREET ART

Posted in art, festival, fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2017

Street Arts Fest poster

busker

 

Australia’s biggest street art festival is starting this Thursday! The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will run from Thursday to Monday all long Easter weekend, and for the first time also on Good Friday.

Thirty-four performers from 11 countries will show their comedy, juggling, balancing and street theatre acts all over the CBD from midday each day.

On Thursday is the big opening at 6.30 at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

High Street in the West End will be closed for the Westender and there will be live music stages and an Easter market.

For more info go to: http://www.streetartsfestival.com.au

Roel Loopers

 

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