Freo's View


Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2018




Images of India is a fundraising exhibition by local photographer Juliet Murray.

The exhibition opens on Friday 16th March at 6.30pm at the Art of Freo Gallery at J Shed and runs Wednesday to Sunday 11-4pm until March 25th.  There will also be a fundraising raffle with heaps of great prizes.

India is a land of contrasts. It is a country that is immensely rich; in culture, spirituality and diversity. It is enchanting and beautiful place, overwhelming to the senses.

On the flipside, poverty is significant, with one on 5 living in extreme poverty, without access to basic human needs. Of the poor, only 20% have access to toilets, 60% to electricity and 6% to running water.

This fundraising exhibition aims to capture both the magnificence of this sacred country and it’s people whilst highlighting the issue of extreme poverty and struggles that the people face, in a compassionate and sensitive manner.

Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Australian Friends of Asha, who work to support and raise awareness of the important work that is done by Asha India in tackling issues that keep slum dwellers trapped in poverty. Their programmes help slum residents gain access to healthcare, financial services and education, and make it possible for them to make long-term, positive changes to their lives.



Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2017


Jina Lee


Great to see Fremantle J Shed artist Jina Lee getting a big photo in the Sunday Times today.

The Korean-born artist is an outstanding sculptor who travels all over the world to create stunning stone carvings. At the moment she is in New Zealand for a sculpture event, after having returned from Italy only recently.

The work in the Sunday Times photo is for the Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea, so go and have a look at it. It’s on from March 2-19.

Jina is one of the most delightful down to earth people one can ever meet and can be seen grinding, chiselling and polishing behind the Greg James studios at J Shed on Bathers Beach most days when she is in town.

She won the $ 10,000 Rio Tinto Emerging Sculptor Mentorship 2017.


Roel Loopers



Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017




History is very important to me. It gives me a sense of belonging and comfort to know that many people worked so hard decades ago to leave beautiful Fremantle for future generations. It also puts the onus on us to leave a great place for the young ones, hence my nomination for the local government election.

Culture is very much part of that, as I was brought up in the Netherlands with the great art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, etc.

So I love hanging out at Arthur Head, where the Roundhouse stands proud as the oldest public building in Western Australia, and where artists such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Peter Zuvela, Ross Porter and Glen Cowans have made an artistic home for themselves.

The PS Art Space people have put three cherry-pickers at Little High Street in preparation for the installation of an exciting new art show, so stay tuned for that.

Here some impressions of the historic art area at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

As I said at the City Ward candidate forum last Thursday, in the unlikely event that I’ll get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to revisit the BBAP as I believe it can and needs to be improved, because some parts of it are not working. It has great potential but needs creative thinking and real collaboration with the local artists.


Roel Loopers




Posted in bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2017


Has Sunset Events given up on trying to establish a tavern at the number one unit of J SHED at Bathers Beach?

Yesterday three people from a not for profit organisation came to look at the location, to see if it would be suitable for a small business incubator.

I am not sure that a small business incubator is suitable for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct, but a pub isn’t either.

I tried to find out yesterday from the City of Fremantle if the 19-year-lease they have with Sunset Events allows the company to sub-lease to anyone, even if the business does not suit the art precinct concept, but I have not received a reply from the director yet.

It has been telling that although Sunset Events had to start paying rent from July 1, after their application for a one-year delay of the start of their lease was rejected by Fremantle Council, they still have not started to apply for a liquor license for the venue in September. They are required to advertise a liquor license application on the building, and it is not there.

The company has also cancelled this year’s Southbound concert at Busselton.


Roel Loopers



Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 5, 2017




Interesting to hear from Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna Robinson today that the City of Fremantle had a change of mind and that the controversial dust bowl in front of the Bathers Beach gallery will be turned into a grassed area.

There have been serious problems with dust blowing into the gallery spaces to the detriment of art exhibitions, wedding functions and events, so I am glad that those in power finally saw reason.

Check out the gallery this weekend.  Joanna is having a kind of garage sale with lots of art, some furniture, etc.


Roel Loopers



Posted in bathers beach art precinct, culture, fremantle, j shed, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 3, 2017



SUNDAY AUGUST 13. 5pm at Art of Freo / Little Space Freo at J Shed on Bathers Beach

There will be a live music event at Little Space on Sunday week, so go along and support this relatively new art venue.

Little Space Freo will host an acoustic performance by Harry Heart, who has just launched his new EP ‘Sun Follows’. Listen to Harry’s new songs in the same warehouse space where he recorded his EP earlier in the year.

Harry will be supported by Luke Fox, a coastal roots artist from Australia’s South West, and Duncan Saige, a singer-songwriter from Perth, with proceeds donated to Oxfam Australia

Following a wave of acclaim in Australia and the UK for the raucous rock track Baby Calm Down, and a year spent working closely with members of Bluejuice, The Snowdroppers and Glass Towers, Harry Heart retreated to J Shed inFremantle to piece together a soothing EP, titled Sun Follows.

Tickets $ 10.00 on sale NOW through Eventbrite HERE



Posted in bathers beach art precinct, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2017



It very rarely happens, but I am in a really shitty grumpy old man mood today, so take my comments about the lacklustre KRAKEN festival at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach with the grain of salt they deserve.

There were quite a few people around and no doubt the pirate ship and some other bits are fun for kids, but for me it was all a bit unresolved, undefined hippy shit that needs a wee bit of maturity and class and a real concept.

The thing I liked best that there was finally something happening on the grassed area next to the Roundhouse. It supports the Captain’s Lane artists, such as underwater photographer Glen Cowans, and it was no surprise the insipid Walyalup Centre did not bother to open

No doubt most people will come at sunset for the burning of the Kraken pine boat, and no doubt that is really good for the environment, and very Freo.

I warned you that I am in a shit mood, so comments calling me a dickhead are welcome! ; >(

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2017


The Fremantle KRAKEN Festival is on at Bathers Beach all day this Saturday July 22.

Come enjoy a day of free community activities as the Bathers Beach Art Precinct comes to life for this winter warmer for the whole family.

What’s on at Kraken? 

1 pm – 6 pm  Acoustic music at Bathers Beach boardwalk gazebo

12 pm – 7 pm Fashion and craft markets on Bathers Beach boardwalk

3 pm Welcome to Country by Reverend Sealin Garlett (Bathers Beach Gazebo)

5.30 pm  Effigy burn on the beach at sunset accompanied by fire twirling and drumming

12 pm – 11 pm Food and theme camp activities at J-shed

12 pm – 7 pm Food trucks in front of Kidogo

3 pm – 6 pm Drinks at Kidogo

12 pm – 5.30 pm J Shed, Captain’s Lane and Mrs Trivett’s Lane artists open for business

12 pm – 9 pm Chill theme camps at the Round house

Plus roving entertainment and so much more!

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Posted in alcohol, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2017


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New plans by Sunset Events for a tavern at J Shed on historic Arthur Head are out for public comment for the next two weeks, so make sure to view them and send in your submissions to the City of Fremantle.

The proposal is for a 400 patron tavern, but plans for a micro brewery and coffee roastery appear to have been scrapped, and there is no application for ticketed music events in the tavern. I don’t believe that means Sunset Events can’t hold concerts in the tavern which patrons might have to pay for, as is sometimes the case at Clancy’s, for example.

Part of the plans look quite good. The small timber deck with a pergola to the south is nice, and if that was all for a 150 patron cafe and small bar I would support the proposal.

But Sunset Events also want to occupy a huge area of the A Class Reserve and put two units (seacontainers?) on for an outdoor kitchen, a bar, and also portable toilets clad in timber at the western side of the reserve.

They will also cut off the connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour, which will mean that tourists no longer will be able to access the art galleries at units 2, 3 and 4 from the south. They would have to walk all the way around, to nearly the South Mole and backtrack to those studios and that is highly unlikely to happen to the detriment of those businesses.

In consideration for the present artists Ross Potter, Ellen McCarthy, Peter Zuvela, Jenny Dawson, Greg James, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, and the fact that the WA Planning Commission has already ruled that a tavern is not appropriate use for the A Class Reserve, I am opposing the proposal and hope that Fremantle Council will recommend to the WAPC to reject this proposal also.

Roel Loopers



The City of Fremantle FPOL debate about the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern in J Shed at Bathers Beach was a bit of a lengthy, but futile exercise in democracy as three members declared a conflict of interest, so the committee had no quorum, but it has to be a full council decision anyway.

There were quite a few residents and artists who spoke against the J Shed proposal but Chairperson Andrew Sullivan explained in detail that this was not a case of ripping up the contract between the City and SE and that the process had to run its course.

Sunset Events is asking for a one-year delay in starting the lease, until July 2018, so that they don’t have to start paying rent from July this year on, but none of the Councillors believed that was acceptable.

It was questioned why it had taken the events organisers so long to apply for planning approval and a liquor license and that they had wasted eight months since their first proposal was rejected by the WA Planning Commission.

The sentiment in the chamber was that Sunset Events needs to get a move on, or as Councillor Sullivan put it eloquently “Shit or get off the pot!”

A spokesman for the proponents said that Sunset Events had no intention to walk away from the J Shed project and that the stable was strong and ready to invest and committed to it.

The Officer’s Recommendation of not supporting the proponent’s request for a delay was the voting outcome by the committee, but it will now all be debated again at full Ordinary Council meeting in a few weeks.

Roel Loopers

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