There are already many interesting sculptures at Bathers Beach where the installation of the 2017 Sculpture@Bathers show is under construction.
The exhibition that showcases 80 WA sculptors will open this weekend and will be on Fremantle’s inner city beach for two weeks.
Bruce Abbott from REPLANTS has planted some trees in the beach sand, so that is something very different
Many of the works will be lit up at night, as is the cliff face at Arthur Head, so a perfect excuse to go and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, see some great local art and eat fish&chips.
Unfortunately the very strong and cold sea breeze and the forecast of inclement weather kept people away from the Folk&Roots event at J Shed on Sunday afternoon, presumably because they did not know the music was performed inside the No 1 studio, with views to Bathers Beach through the huge window and sheltered from the weather.
Those who stayed at home missed out on very good music, a really nice atmosphere and yummy food from the Flying Falafels food van.
The No 1 studio at J Shed is perfect for events and the large space is very comfortable, so I hope Fremantle Council will approve the application for a six months use by Emilia Galati who has applied to start O6M in that space, until Sunset Events take up their 25 year lease on July 1.
Emilia has really good energy and was the brilliant manager of the former Merenda Aboriginal Gallery in High Street. She was also involved in organising the fantastic Aboriginal art market at the Fremantle Arts Centre earlier this year, so she will bring new vitality to J Shed.
IT’S ON TODAY FROM 4-7 PM IN J SHED AT BATHERS BEACH. DON’T MISS IT!!
CLOUDS IN THE SKY SO EXPECT A DRAMATIC SUNSET, GREAT MUSIC, FOOD VANS, ART.
Sunday is fun day in Fremantle and tomorrow will be a good day for music, but first things first and start the day at the Growers Green Farmers Market on Lefroy Road from 8am till midday. They have live music as well!
From 2-4 pm the free courtyard music session at the Fremantle Arts Centre with Luke Dux and Atomic Lunchbox is on.
The WAM Award-winner performs stripped back, acoustic versions of his extensive catalogue of solo tunes. Joined by a line up of talented musicians, be captivated by his moody lowdown blues style and intricate guitar work.
And from 5-7 there is Folk&Roots and a great sunset at J Shed on Bathers Beach and food van Flying Falafels will be there for dinner. This is also a free family event!
It should be a very good day of community fun, so I am looking forward to it!
Good to see more creative activity at J Shed and the Fremantle Bathers Beach Art Precinct with the Local Delights and Folks&Roots on this coming weekend December 9-11.
Local Delights showcases the artistic works of Freo artists all weekend while on Sunday December 11 the J Shed area will come alive with the sounds of the Folks&Roots event from 4-7 pm.
I was next to the Roundhouse at the Glen Cowans photo gallery all Sunday and wished I had taken time-lapse video to show how busy it was up there with tourists. It was a steady stream from 9.30 to 4.30 and I know that the footfall figures the Roundhouse guides record daily on their number counter clicker are well up from last year.
It is a great day for art at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach tonight with the opening of four exhibitions.
At Kidogo Arthouse from 6.30 Japanese born Emi Ninoseki will show her beautiful Portraits in the large gallery, and next door in the small gallert Grant Sutherland has his Robots Travel West show with delightfully quirky small sculptures made out of recycled old cameras and household items. Theye are sooo cute and perfect Christmas presents.
At J Shed from 5-7 pm there is the photo show by National Portrait Photo Prize winner Elizabeth Looker at the No 1 studio, a mixed stock exhibition at the No 3 Greg James Sculpture Gallery and at the No 4 Freo is Art Gallery Ross Potter’s retrospective shows his stunning drawings.
Bring your bathers and have a dip and cool down while enjoying great art in one of Freo’s best locations!
Fantastic to see Fremantle J Shed artists getting serious recognition in the West Australian today with an entire article by Annelies Gartner on the arts pages about their involvement with the CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards in Rockingham.
Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johansen all work out of Greg James’ J Shed studio at Bathers Beach and are all represented at the Rocky beach show that starts today, so go down south and have a look!
Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach were doing a smoking cleansing ceremony this morning to get rid of the bad vibes at the No One studio there as they will be taking it over until the end of the year.
Greg James will put sculptures in the space that will be lit up at night, so it will also be an evening attraction to come and have a look through the huge south-facing widows.
They will also try to do projection shows on the huge white wall and hold small events, so check it out when you are there and support the Bathers Beach Art Precinct artists, and buy Christmas presents from them!
I suggested the new temporary art space should be called Sunrise Gallery after the Sunset Events fiasco there.
It’s a great venue for small functions, chamber music, life drawing classes, etc. so contact Greg James.
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.
I don’t know if the director responsible for the Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre does not know what she is talking about or if she deliberately mislead Council and the community when she answered a question from a Councillor at the last Ordinary Council meeting about the changing opening hours of the centre at Arthur Head.
She claimed the opening times were only adjusted to reflect the seasonal program of the centre and that it would open 4-5 hours less a week, but that is not true. The centre used to be open Monday-Saturday 10 am to 2 pm, so 24 hours a week compared to just seven hours this week!
This sign on the door clearly shows the WACC is now only open for a mere 7 hours this week and less than nine hours next week, and not open at all on Fridays, Mondays or Sundays. It was not open today either.
The WACC is part of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct where artists are required to be open a minimum of 20 hours a week to help activate the area, but the WACC, that costs Fremantle ratepayer more than $ 160,000 a year, is open to the public for less than half of that time. If my maths are correct that means WACC is now only open a maximum of 416 hours a year at a cost of $ 385.00 per hour while offering no tourist service.
The WACC was closed all day today while the Roundhouse had a steady stream of visitors, including school groups, so no Aboriginal experience for those visitors today and none tomorrow either.
It is quite clear that the WACC in its present format is a failure and the COF should not put the ball in someone else’s court and hope an Aboriginal organisation will come up with a better concept. The City made the decision to put the WACC in the inappropriate small Pilot’s Cottage and now has to admit they were wrong and that the location does not work.
It is time to move on some of the highly paid administrators at COF who have no creative bone in their body, and get some new blood into the system and brilliant creative new ideas for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. The same, same old boring s..t just does not work, and putting spin over it and telling Council and the public porkies is not on!