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ALL ABOUT ART IN FREO

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

The Fremantle Network event about art in Fremantle at the National Hotel was yet again a very informative community session. Tom Mueller of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street and Robby Lang of the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street spoke about their art hubs.

Mueller said it was special to operate out of a federation style brick and iron heritage building, built in 1907. To financially support their arts program PSAS had to diversify through private functions such as weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, etc. This allowed them to plan their art exhibitions two years ahead.

Small art businesses needed to be adaptive and PSAS tried to make their shows all about giving people a voice, and an honest and emotional response to art, Mueller said.

It is all about the conservation with the community and being open to change, and about creating something in the big warehouse space of the building.

There are 36 studios upstairs with practising artists, but also an architect, and there is the Studio 37 cafe on the ground floor as well.

PSAS had host the Fashion Collective and Hidden Treasures music festival.

Robby Lang of The Fib said that creative people don’t like to work for someone else, and that’s why he started the arts incubator 15 years ago in a run-down warehouse in an industrial area.

People are looking for a different way to exist and keep out of the rat race, and artists look at the cracks in society.

The Fib has art studios, but also a central space for exhibitions and functions, and a cafe.

Lang said it was all about giving people the opportunity to do their own things, and it was not purely about art. It is an environment where people can hang out, express themselves, and feel safe.

You have to be massively flexible and open to what people want to do within the space of the Fib. Micro management only limits your own imagination.

The industrial area he started The Fib in 15 years ago has now changed and there are a lot of creative businesses in the surrounding streets. It probably needs its own branding as an arts precinct, Robby Lang said.

Fremantle is brave enough to take chances and make changes and that is good, as nobody looks back in history where people played it safe. Fremantle has the opportunity to embrace things that are a bit scary and new.

The Fib has been a fantastic journey but a financial disaster, he laughed.

The next project is a movable creative container space for makers and sellers, but council regulations often made it difficult to get innovative things off the ground.

During the public discussion Tom Mueller said that the age of entitlement for artists is over and that relying on public funding was not on anymore. Artists can’t rest on their laurels.

J Shed sculptor Greg James said that an art space is primarily where people create art, and it is not a tourist destination, but the license he has with the City of Fremantle requires him to be open to the public 20 hours a week and that interrupted the work flow and productivity.

I agree that Fremantle Council needs to revisit the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and be clear about what it wants to achieve. An arts hub of makers is not going to greatly activate the area, and if the City wants to create a Freo Montmartre it needs to come up with more innovative ideas for the area.

Robby Lang said it was important for artists to take chances and that an alternative culture needs to happen in Fremantle.

It was a really interesting couple of hours with two very good and likeable speakers!

Roel Loopers

ART IMPORTANT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

Just a reminder!

The FREMANTLE NETWORK monthly event today, Monday will focus on what art means for Fremantle, so come along if you are an artist, curator, gallery owner, or someone interested in culture and arts.

Art is at the heart of Freo’s identity. The next event will feature the operators of two of Fremantle’s iconic and highly successful independent arts businesses.

Tom Muller, Artistic Director and Artist at PS Art Space

PS Art Space is a project space for the experience of contemporary art which presents a curated program of exhibitions and events by Australian and international artists. It is also houses a number of local artists’ studios within a sensitively restored, heritage listed building in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End precinct. PSAS has become one of Perth’s most exciting and experimental platform to experience contemporary culture.

Robby Lang, Owner and Operator of the Fibonacci Centre

The Fibonacci Centre aims to make a city into a beautiful resonating magnet by nurturing the Dreamers and Makers and providing an incubation chamber for creative ideas. The Fib has become a thriving community of artists and makers creating and working together. The atmosphere in this purpose built creative studio space is inclusive and welcoming, and has become a vibrant community hub, hosting events, exhibitions classes and a cafe.

It’s on  at 6pm Monday 21 August upstairs at the National Hotel.

 

Roel Loopers

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WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO FREMANTLE?

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2017

 

The FREMANTLE NETWORK monthly event this Monday will focus on what art means for Fremantle, so come along if you are an artist, curator, gallery owner, or someone interested in culture and arts.

Art is at the heart of Freo’s identity. The next event will feature the operators of two of Fremantle’s iconic and highly successful independent arts businesses.

Tom Muller, Artistic Director and Artist at PS Art Space

PS Art Space is a project space for the experience of contemporary art which presents a curated program of exhibitions and events by Australian and international artists. It is also houses a number of local artists’ studios within a sensitively restored, heritage listed building in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End precinct. PSAS has become one of Perth’s most exciting and experimental platform to experience contemporary culture.

Robby Lang, Owner and Operator of the Fibonacci Centre

The Fibonacci Centre aims to make a city into a beautiful resonating magnet by nurturing the Dreamers and Makers and providing an incubation chamber for creative ideas. The Fib has become a thriving community of artists and makers creating and working together. The atmosphere in this purpose built creative studio space is inclusive and welcoming, and has become a vibrant community hub, hosting events, exhibitions classes and a cafe.

It’s on  at 6pm Monday 21 August upstairs at the National Hotel.

Malicious rumours that my mate Robby Lang’s talk will be subtitled in English are just soooo wrong. ; >)

See you at the NAT on Monday. It should be interesting!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE NETWORK ON ENERGY AND MATES

Posted in city of fremantle, electricity, energy, environment, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

The monthly Fremantle Network events are always interesting, and for those inclined so, they are also good opportunities to meet new people and network.

This evening Monday July 24 at 6 pm, upstairs at the National Hotel will have two speakers.

FUTURE ENERGY NETWORKS
James Eggleston is undertaking groundbreaking research in the renewable energy sector, working on a pilot project at the WGV development that seeks to enable strata developments Australia wide to the benefits of solar PV and battery storage.

James is a PhD Researcher at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute on an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) scholarship.

Game changing transition to a more sustainable energy future is happening right here in Fremantle, come along to find out how.

MATES IN CONSTRUCTION
Godfrey Baronie is a Freo local and the CEO of Mates in Construction, a non profit organization that works to reduce the extremely high rate of suicide among construction workers

Incredibly, 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives every year, this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

Godfrey’s joyful manner and lust for life is a shining light for people experiencing dark times.

Bar and kitchen will be open, so stay on for a bit, have dinner and support the National Hotel!

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME WANTS FREO STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2017

 

The delightful Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University Celia Hammond was one of three speakers at the monthly Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel to talk about UNDA’s Urban Activation Project for the West End of Fremantle, that will see four activation and relaxation nodes being created for students, the community and visitors to Freo.

Celia Hammond said UNDA had been pushed for years, by Mayor Brad Pettitt especially to do more for street activation in the precinct and was shifting offices away from ground level to make way for commercial tenancies. “We love being a part of the West End and are trying to be a good neighbour.”

UNDA creates 700,000 visits a year to the West End, so that is a very significant number.

The university engaged CODA for the activation plan that is about mixed use and a dynamic precinct, collaboration with the City of Fremantle, increase visitations and duration of stay, offer a rest place for all, improve high quality urban spaces and ground level activity.

The Vice Chancellor also said that Notre Dame University is looking at student accommodation but not in the West End and that the uni has refused a students’ request for an ATM on campus as it wants to encourage its students to walk into Fremantle and support local traders, as they do on the UNDA student App.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton who organises the Fremantle Network deserves to be congratulated for the idea as it is a fantastic way to hear from all different parts of the community. Contrary to what some people say about the Network it is not about Greenies and socialists but it embraces the whole community and gives us a chance to work together, share ideas and feel a great sense of belonging!

Roel Loopers

PROMOTE WEST END RETAIL BETTER!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2017

 

The monthly Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel on Monday had three speakers, so I will split up the reporting on it and start with High Street retailer Gaelle Beech of the ANJEL MS ethical fashion shop.

Gaelle’s talk was inspiring as it was not the typical whinge we get from too many in the community, but it was more about why we don’t sell the unique beauty of Fremantle and especially the gorgeous heritage High Street better as a shopping destination.

High Street is one of the most gorgeous shopping precincts in Australia that ends at Bathers Beach, so why don’t we promote that better?

“We don’t treasure enough what we have got in Fremantle and forget to show the beauty of it to our visitors” Gaelle rightly said.

The West End is unique but many visitors don’t even know where High Street is and there is no retail map showing the diversity of shopping.

We need West End traders to work together and not individually, and we need you as the community to support us she said.

High Street needs more vibrancy with buskers and art, and traders and City of Fremantle marketing should not assume everyone knows about us.

Gaelle Beech said she loves Fremantle and would not have a shop anywhere else in Perth. She also has an outlet at Fremantle Markets on weekends.

ANJEL MS specialises in ethical fashion and supports young designers in Katmandu, India and Bali, so go and check it out and support our struggling local traders.

“We have an amazing city! Which shopping centre has a beach at the end of it! Gaelle said with passion and I could not agree more.

She got laughter and applause when a Notre Dame University student lamented that it cost them $ 1,200 a year in parking. “You are young, walk and use public transport” she encouraged. Yes indeed!

Roel Loopers

NIGHTINGALE PROJECT AT FREMANTLE NETWORK

Posted in community, development, fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2017

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I like the monthly Fremantle Network events a lot as they are always very informative and it’s good to stay up to date with what is happening in fab Freo.

Tomorrow Monday April 24 at 6 pm will be the next event upstairs at the National Hotel so come along. It’s free and drinks and food are available from the bar.

Dimitri Kapetas, from EHDO architecture will talk about the Nightingale Project at Wood Street.

Nightingale Housing is a non-profit organisation formed by a group of leading Australian architects. It aims to create affordable housing models that are specifically designed to achieve environmental and social benefits for cities. In other words, Nightingale promotes the building of communities, not just market commodities.
https://www.ehdo.com.au/nightingale-freo/

Also speaking will be the very impressive Michael McPhail, the Deputy Mayor of the Town of East Fremantle (and Western Australia’s youngest!)

His passion for cities and making them better places for the people who live in them infuses everything he does.

The focus of his talk will be the future of the Leeuwin Barracks, and the impact this will have on the future of Greater Fremantle.

Take part in the Fremantle Network events, meet new people, network, be informed and have your say about the future of Freo!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE NETWORK PRESENTS YOUNG AND NEW

Posted in architecture, community, fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

Next Monday the Fremantle Network presents Dimitri Kapetas of EHDO architecture, who are in the process of designing the first Nightingale Housing project in Fremantle at 29 Wood Street.

Nightingale Housing is a non-profit organisation formed by a group of leading Australian architects. It aims to create affordable housing models that are specifically designed to achieve environmental and social benefits for cities. It promotes the building of communities, not just market commodities.

Check out: https://www.ehdo.com.au/nightingale-freo/

The second speaker will be Michael McPhail, the the youngest Deputy Mayor of WA and the Town of East Fremantle.

Michael has a deep passion for cities and making them better places for the people who live in them.

The focus of his talk will be the future of the Leeuwin Barracks, and the impact this will have on the future of Greater Fremantle.

Originally educated as an urban planner, Michael now works for global real estate firm CBRE to market Perth’a next generation of apartment living.

As a Councillor, Michael’s key focus include ensuring meaningful community engagement in the redevelopment of Leeuwin Barracks and reimagining of East Fremantle Oval, leading East Fremantle’s push to ban single use plastic bags and championing the upgrading of East Fremantle’s exceptional foreshore.

The monthly Fremantle Network event is on at 6pm, Monday 24 April upstairs at the National Hotel.

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ENKEL CHANGEMAKERS FOR CANTONMENT HILL

Posted in enkel, fremantle, fremantle network by freoview on March 28, 2017

The monthly Fremantle Network event upstairs at the National Hotel on Monday evening featured Adam Jorlen of ENKEL and Adin Lang of the newly founded Friends of Freo.

ENKEL will move into the former Navy Stores at Cantonment Hill this year and is a social innovation centre with the aim to create a new generation of changemakers.

The group has a 20-year lease and there will be a big climbing wall, collaboration with Freo Food, and there will be stations for robotics and coding, a school of changemakers and Knowmads.

All activities in the big hall will be open to the public.

The ENKEL concept intrigues me as I like change and innovation, but for the sceptic there seems to be unresolved naivety about it. It worries me that the group only has 55 members when it has been operating out of Victoria Park for a few years now.

I am all for giving the group a fair go and the benefit of the doubt though, because creative rejuvenation is very important for the future of Fremantle, but I have no idea how they are going to survive financially and pay the required rent to the City of Fremantle.

Change is healthy when it is good change, so I definitely will try to get involved with ENKEL events to make sure that the new concept also involves older people and taps into our experience and knowledge.

And ENKEL means simple or easy in Swedish, Adam Jorlen told us. To broaden your horizon, let me point out that it also means nephew in German and ankle in Dutch. ; >)

Adin Lang who just started Friends of Freo as an extension of Friends of Hollis Park, wants to connect the green spine of Fremantle and do community nature conservation work in collaboration with the City of Fremantle.

It is about connecting the community groups at Cantonment Hill, Clontarf Hill, Booyembara Park, Hollis Park, etc. and share tools and knowledge, and tackle unique issues.

I think that is a good idea because community groups often work in isolation of other community groups with similar concepts.

Former Councillor Robert Fittock pointed out that Adin Lang had not included North Fremantle in his map and Adin promised to change that.

I always enjoy the Fremantle Network events and the next one will be on the last Monday of April where people from the affordable and ethical housing project Nightingale will speak.

Roel Loopers

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FREO FOOD REVOLUTION

Posted in food, fremantle, fremantle network by freoview on November 29, 2016

Robert Peters of FREO FOOD was the second speaker at Monday’s Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel, and the concept of the community having more control over the food chain by purchasing from small growers and farmers is very interesting.

“It is a platform to regain ownership of our food system to build connections with producers and each other to revolutionise how we engage with food.”

Unfortunately it was not very well communicated how it worked and how the idea can grow without becoming another fresh food shop. At the moment there is a depot but Robert did not mention where that is, so I assume we’ll have to check out the Facebook page to find out more, but he did mention that food could become more expensive once they went into a brick and mortar venture.

Better quality food produced by local producers but 10-15 per cent cheaper than the shops sounds almost too good, but the future will tell if that is sustainable.

I am not sure also if Food Freo is a not for profit group, but one can also go to houses and buy products there direct from those who grow vegies in their gardens.

Blueberries from Jandakot, pork and other meat from Margaret River, eggs from a couple who started a small egg farm, bread, root vegetables and lettuce, mushrooms, fish, local garlic. It all sounds great, and Robert said it was “really value for farmers and consumers.”

I was surprised though to hear that the group is now thinking of including craft from local artisans as that is a whole different kettle of fish, and my impression was that there are a lot of unresolved business issues the group should sort out first before expanding and sell anything else.

For that same reason I am at loss why Freo Food applied for a six-month lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. I am not at all sure how a food business does fit in with any of the criteria for that art area.

Anyhow, it is a great idea to buy direct from producers and if it can become a viable business good on them!

Roel Loopers

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