I hear Sunset Events intends to take up their 25-year lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed from July 1 and build a reduced-capacity tavern for 400 patrons.
It also wants to cater for wedding functions with a large marquee on the grassed area in front of the J Shed art studios.
The concert organisers’ attempt at getting approval for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people live outdoor music venue was rejected last year by Fremantle Council, the WA Planning Committee and the State Administrative Tribunal.
If my memory is correct the state agencies rejected the tavern because it was deemed inappropriate for the A Class Reserve at Bathers Beach, and not because of the number of patrons.
I have no doubt that inner city residents and community and heritage groups will also fight this new proposal, and it will be interesting to see if Fremantle Council will support a smaller tavern in one of WA’s most significant historic areas where the first British settlers set up home.
While the official statement I received from the City of Fremantle is that they are looking for alternative options for the short-term lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed, the Fremantle Herald reports that Freo Food will be moving in for five months because O6M will not take up the lease.
Let me first state that I believe that Freo Food is a very good idea. Linking local producers with local customers and supplying packaged-free produce is great. Also good to try to keep it cheap by cutting overheads, so I am all for it.
But the Bathers Beach Art Precinct is the most inappropriate location for a fruit and vegetable shop and it is ridiculous for City staff to tell J Shed artists that the BBAP concept does have allowance for a hospitality operator. Freo Food is not a hospitality operator and it is not an arts related business, so it should not be given the lease to the art studio within the arts precinct. For CoF staff to even consider it is ridiculous!
The anyone will do attitude by the City of Fremantle for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct has resulted in many failed attempts and the committee has not done a very good job in attracting high-quality art businesses to Arthur Head.
Fremantle’s West End is buzzing with rumours that Sunset Events will propose a scaled-down version of the rejected tavern and outdoor music venue at J Shed on Bathers Beach. The music events organiser has a 25-year-lease for the number one studio there.
The proposal for the venue was rejected by the City of Fremantle, the WA Planning Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal, so only heaven knows why the SE directors are still trying for the same, but a bit smaller.
From my memory SAT and the WAPC rejected the proposal because a tavern and live music venue were deemed inappropriate for the A Class Reserve in one of our state’s most historic areas. The number of patrons was not the issue for the two state bodies, but a licensed pub and music venue was.
I have no doubt that should Sunset Events put a scaled-down proposal forward it will again be opposed by Fremantle community groups and end up again at WAPC and SAT. Common sense tells me that these bodies will not change their ruling just because Sunset Events is reducing the number of patrons.
A small bar/cafe and art gallery would be nice there, but anything bigger is not on.
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!
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!
The brand new ART of FREO Gallery at J Shed on Bathers Beach shows From There to Here, a retrospective of the work of Ross Potter. Opening night Thursday 24 November 5-7pm.
Combine this with the opening of the Elizabeth Looker photo exhibition also at J Shed that night at the Greg James Gallery and you’ll have a great night of fine art at Bathers Beach, end even time for a dip in the ocean when it’s hot!
Join Ross Potter for a retrospective exhibition of his past work, from 2011 to 2016. Part proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to Native Arc, to assist the wonderful work they do to save and rehabilitate injured native animals.
Potter would like to share his artistic journey with you and show the progression of his graphite work in Fremantle.
A special photography show opens at Fremantle’s J Shed at Bathers Beach this Thursday November 24.
Elizabeth Looker the winner of the National Portrait Prize will be showing her photographs at the Greg James Gallery at Fleet Street.
The INTROSPECTIVE exhibition opens at 5-8 pm so come along and enjoy a great sunset as well.
I went to have a look at the Goods Shed by FORM in Claremont today to gather ideas for what the City of Fremantle could do with the Number One studio at J Shed on Bathers Beach, and came back very impressed.
There is nothing ostentatious about this delightfully minimalist building that would look fantastic at Arthur Head.
There is a small cafe, a simple outdoor area and a large exhibition space, as well as space for work stations.
FORM says the building is a space for creativity, learning and community, so everything the Fremantle community wants at Arthur Head.
That brings me to the point on why the City of Fremantle does not invest more in Arthur Head and does more to make it attractive to locals and tourists, while at the same time planning to build a not needed second hospitality venue at the Esplanade.
Arthur Head is a bit like the Fremantle Cinderella, the unloved part of the city west of the railway line the City tends to ignore. That is not acceptable.
Arthur Head is a chicken and the egg situation where Fremantle Council wants to achieve more activation while not investing any money in making it more attractive. The City should support and encourage existing operators and put a whole lot more elbow grease into the district and more money as well, so let’s have a Masterplan for that specific part of Freo, invest in the Roundhouse, one of the city’s main tourist attractions, and stop trying to reinvent the wheel.