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Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, culture, sculpture@bathers, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019



I have reported this previously a couple of monts ago, but it is getting closer to SCULPTURE AT BATHERS, so here the media release from the City of Fremantle.

The popular Sculpture at Bathers exhibition will return to Bathers Beach in February with support from the City of Fremantle.

The biennial exhibition, which commenced in 2013, will present over 90 works by emerging and recognised West Australian sculptors. 

Local artist and Sculpture at Bathers committee member Tony Pankiw has exhibited works in the two previous editions in 2015 and 2017. 

He said the exhibition was both a great opportunity for artists to showcase their creations and a chance for the public to enjoy sculpture in a dynamic coastal setting.

“This is really a great space for it, and all those artists that don’t get a chance to show very often can come down here and have a different experience in a really public space,” Mr Pankiw said.

“That’s the great part of it because it takes the art out of the studio, puts it into the open where it should be and brings so many people down to have a look.

“It’s a very expensive event to run so the sponsorship we receive from the City of Fremantle provides a significant boost and enables us to develop more opportunities. We can be extraordinary now.”

Mr Pankiw’s work ‘Ship of Stories’, which was created in collaboration with artist Sue Codee, was acquired by the City of Fremantle from the 2015 exhibition and is now a popular fixture at Arthur Head.

Another work that featured in the 2017 edition of Sculpture at Bathers, the magnificent bronze sculpture ‘Chimera’ by WA artist Sue Flavell, has been loaned to the City of Fremantle by a generous art collector and is now situated in Pioneer Park opposite the Fremantle Station.

The 2020 Sculpture at Bathers exhibition will feature sculptures on the beach, lining the timber boardwalks, along the winding paths and in the bushland below the limestone cliffs of Arthur Head. Smaller and more intimate works will also be display inside the historic galleries of Kidogo Arthouse.

Sculpture at Bathers will run from 15 February until 2 March 2020.

For more information visit the Sculpture at Bathers website.


Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2019


I just received this message from SPACEMARKET who will be activating Fremantle’s historic Victoria Hall for at least two years.

Below an edited version of the message they sent out:

Exciting news — this week we’ve been handed the [space activation] keys for the next two-years to one of Fremantle’s most stunning buildings — the historic Victoria Hall on High Street! 

We propose to inject life back into this special building with workspaces for arts & cultural organisations, the re-opening of the tiny bar alongside, and the return of the hall to the community as an affordable venue and event space. This is an interim activation over the next two years, while the new Civic Centre is built in King’s Square. 

Within the building, we have office space for up to six cultural production and creative service businesses. We’ve got a particular focus on film and broadcasting – think production offices, rehearsal space, screenings, workshops and filming – but also music and performing arts, publishing and visual arts, and services such as advertising and marketing, architecture and design, creative software and digital content. Note, this building isn’t suitable for art studios, but we’re on the hunt for new maker spaces as I write this.  

As for the hall itself, it has capacity for up to 280 persons and we’d love the calendar to be bursting with every type of local event you can think of —meetings, fundraisers, school shows, performance, workshops, clothes sales, markets, music, weddings, club meets, dance classes, yoga classes — you name it. It’s going to take a mo to get the venue hire booking system up and running, but we’ll be back to you as soon as we’ve made the online hire process smooth and easy for you to use. 

In the meantime, if you’re a small film biz, design outfit, a production company, a not-for-profit org, an architecture firm, a dance school etc. and looking for a new home (in a stunning space right in the centre of Fremantle) please get in touch. Likewise, if you need a space for reoccurring meetings / get-togethers / rehearsals etc – let us schedule you in before we start booking in the one-off events. 

We’ll be taking expressions of interest throughout October, to apply please fill out an EOI form here and we will be back to you shortly. If you would like to look at booking the hall for a re-occurring event or for more info please email us at at or with VICTORIA HALL RENTAL as the subject line. 

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2019



The Fremantle Biennale is looking for volunteers to help out at events on days and evenings between November 1 and 24.

The stunning site specific art shows created for three weeks were hugely popular at the inaugural Biennale two years ago, and this year’s program promises outstanding shows and art installations all over the CBD with many at Fremantle Port.

If you are interested to volunteer, as I am, please come to PSAS, the art space in Pakenham Street, this coming Tuesday October 1 at 5.30pm and hear what is needed and how the Freo community can support this great cultural event. I’ll see you there!

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2019


The desire by Fremantle Council to build an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur’s Head is more a pipe dream than reality because the State Government wants the centre to be part of the East Perth power station development.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt prefers an Aboriginal arts and culture centre to be close to Perth, so one has to wonder why Fremantle Council insists on continuing with an expensive feasibility study when the only way the centre could be built here is with the financial backing of the state and federal governments. There is no way the City of Fremantle can afford to build the centre from ratepayers’ money only, so it’s either private sponsorship or government.

While the City is spending $ 50.000 on the feasibility study Arthur’s Head has been a total mess for nearly two years with large sections of it fenced off due to rock fall danger, so why not prioritise the stabilisation of one of our most popular tourist destinations first.

Roel Loopers



WATERLICHT by Daan Roosegarde


A massive hundred people from arts, culture and business attended the very long launch of the Fremantle Biennale 2019 at the Maritime Museum on Thursday morning.

UNDERCURRENT 19 will be a fantastic experience for the Fremantle community and beyond and is an invitation to interact with Fremantle through artistic dialogues and site sensitive events. It will create new visual narratives which articulate the spirit of place, so make sure to check out the program here:

The biennale runs from November 1-24 and is happening all over the Freo CBD with major events at Fremantle Port and Notre Dame University, the Shipwrecks Museum, etc.

Nicola Forrest of sponsor Minderoo Foundation was at the launch, as was the CEO of Fremantle Ports, former MP Melissa Parke, the Fremantle Mayor and several councillors, artists, curators, architects, art administrators, etc.

Here some titles of exciting events during Undercurrent 19: Pearls and Blackbirds about female divers, Behavioral Ecology, the cute South Mole Resort will be a must to visit, Desire Lines, the Somnus theatre of the sea, Midnight Blue Lagoon. the Standing Wave sound installation in the submarine, Ebb&Flow audience communication, the Billboard Project, etc.

There will also be a symposium at Notre Dame University about how artists make a living.

One of the highlights of Undercurrent 19 will be WATERLICHT by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde about our battle with water, rising sea levels and dwindling fresh water.

Roosegarde said about rising ocean levels in the typical pragmatic and laconic Dutch way “We innovate or we die”

I loved the 2017 inaugural Fremantle Biennale so can’t wait for it to start in three months from now.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, culture, food, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2019


HUB Nights at the Moores. August 1


HUB NIGHTS start tomorrow at the Moore&Moore cafe in Fremantle’s Henry Street so go and check out what’s on offer!

We hope you are ready to get your feet tapping and show us your dance moves to the amazing tunes of The Witchy Djypsies

Hub Nights on Henry Street with Soul Festival is happening THIS Thursday 1 August from 6:00pm.

There will be plenty to see, do and eat at the Launch Party of Hub Nights. Immerse yourself in the wonderful night of music, workshops and market stalls.

We can’t wait to see you!

Register your interest through Eventbrite:



Posted in children, city of fremantle, concert, culture, fremantle festival, music, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on July 17, 2019


Future Treasures


Hey parents, this is the perfect event to get the bored teenies out of the house for a few hours. The UNDER 18TH ONLY FUTURE TREASURES concert is on this evening at 5pm at Freo.Social on Parry Street.

A great line up of Carla Geneve, Farraday’s Cage, Phoneline Valentine, Mali Jose&Oskar, Royal Milk, Isaac Smalley, Dog Food, Sofia Hourani and Daisy Laing.

The event is part of the 10 Nights in Port Fremantle Festival. Check out the Freo.Social Facebook page for ticketing and other details.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2019




FOGOTTEN by Genrefonix was on for the last few nights as part of the Fremantle Festival so I went to the Shipwrecks Museum on Tuesday evening to take some photos.

Kids love the fog and come to play in it without realising this is about the great sea storm of 1899 when the Carlisle Castle and the City of York ships sank in the devastating storm.

Check out the Fogotten Facebook page for more performances which include projections and music.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2019




If you wander around Freo pop into the PS Art Space in Pakenham Street and have a look at the Phantom Islands art installation.

Neon lights, plants and music by landscape designer Andrew Beck, sound artist Ned Beckley and visual artist Tom Muller.

Roel Loopers






This could be an interesting fog art installation at the Moores Building in Fremantle’s Henry Street tonight. Go check it out!

Fog rumours for Fri July 12: a film/music/fog installation is happening outside Moore & Moore Cafe on Henry St approx 7pm weather permitting, with potential repeat performances there, or later outside Shipwrecks Museum (Cliff Street), if weather holds. Updates will be posted here and Fogotten | 10 Nights in Port if we move around.

Tonight’s installation is dedicated to the many sailors from The Carlisle Castle and City of York who lost their lives in a horrific storm off Fremantle exactly 120 years ago on July 12th 1899.


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