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BATHERS BEACH ART BONANZA AT J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2017

My friends at the Fremantle J SHED art studios on Bathers Beach are having an open studios day this Friday May 12 from 6 pm.

There will be eclectic shows in the four studios, from ceramics, to sculptures, paintings and photography and there is even a stunning camper van work in progress at the number 1 studio.

Photographer Peter Zuvela has used interesting Photoshop techniques for his old crane port photos, while next door Axel Kayser has done some stunning wildflower photos and also fascinating aerial photos of very creative crop creations.

Ross Potter will show his integrate pencil drawings, Brett Todman paintings and sculpture and Jenny Dawson ceramics.

The A Class reserve has been transformed into a sculpture park, so come a bit early to watch the sun set!

The artists received a phone call from a City bureaucrat to tell them they do not have a license to play live music at the opening and that is just plain bloody stupid!

Many art exhibition openings have live music and Fremantle Council has been keen to activate the Bathers Beach Art Precinct for many years, but when the artists collaborate and initiate new ideas, some red tape addict wants to stop them from attracting the community to the event by banning live music by local musos who donate their time and talent.

Just get a life City of Fremantle. Your management of the Arthur’s Head arts precinct is less than satisfactory!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the delightful Janet Nixon! Enjoy the bubblies Greg James just brought in. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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CAN SUNSET EVENTS AFFORD J SHED TAVERN VENTURE?

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2017

Today’s report in the Sunday Times that suppliers to the Southbound concert have been asked to sign a deed of arrangement and waive outstanding fees owed to them by Fremantle based Sunset Events should send worrying signals to the City of Fremantle council and administration. SE director David Chitty told the Sunday Times that settlement had been reached with the suppliers.

Sunset Events has a 20-year lease for the J Shed Number One unit at Bathers Beach where it wants to build a tavern and micro brewery, but if their finances are so precarious will they be able to commit themselves to the long lease and substantial investment?

Sunset Events is already spending millions of dollars on refurbishing the former Drillhall, that was home to the Fly by Night club, so where will all the money for two big new ventures come from when they are unable to pay their concert suppliers one has to wonder.

Roel Loopers

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SUN SETS ON J SHED TAVERN PROJECT

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, sunset events by freoview on April 1, 2017

It comes out of the blue that Sunset Events director David Chitty has announced they are pulling out of the J Shed tavern proposal because of the negative backlash at the public information session they held last Monday.

Chitty said there was no way to please the local community and neighbouring J Shed artists and it was not worth the effort and money to try to get the new proposal for a tavern-licensed family restaurant through Fremantle Council and the state’s Planning Commission and SAT.

You can’t win them all, and we’ve tried hard to address the concerns and we compromised, but nothing we propose seems to be good enough for those with a very negative opinion about our organisation, Chitty said.

Sunset Events will instead be concentrating on making the Drillhall, former Fly by Night club, the number one destination for great concerts in Fremantle and continue with the St Jerome Laneway, Blues&Roots and other music festivals in WA.

The City of Fremantle gave Sunset Events a 25-year lease so it will be interesting to see what they will come up with now for the space, as it has been a shambles trying to push a tavern down the throats of local residents and artists.

Roel Loopers

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SUNSET EVENTS TRIES AGAIN AT J SHED

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, j shed by freoview on March 6, 2017

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.

Roel Loopers

ANYONE WILL DO FOR FREO’S ART PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, food, j shed by freoview on January 27, 2017

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.

Roel Loopers

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SMALLER SUNSET EVENTS PUB FOR J SHED?

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, entertainment, heritage, hospitality, j shed by freoview on January 19, 2017

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.

Roel Loopers

FOLK&ROOTS AND A COLD SEA BREEZE

 

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.

Roel Loopers

 

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COME TODAY TO FOLK&ROOTS AT J SHED!!!!!

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, j shed, music by freoview on December 11, 2016

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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.

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FREMANTLE FUN DAY SUNDAY

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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!

Roel Loopers

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ART SHOWS OPENING AT BATHERS BEACH TODAY

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, j shed, kidogo arthouse by freoview on November 24, 2016

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!

Roel Loopers

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