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!
This coming Wednesday is deck decision day for Kidogo Arthouse when the State Administrative Tribunal will decide if the unauthorised large timber deck at the heritage-listed building on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach will have to be dismantled or if it overrules the Western Australian Planning Commission’s decision and allow it to remain.
It is a real shame Kidogo owner Joanna Robinson did not follow proper planning procedure and decided to build the deck without planning approval as she had received approval to build a small toilet block in that location.
Joanna has a great positive can-do attitude and creativity and her occasional Kelp Bar has been a big success with locals and tourists, but it appears that this time she broke the rules.
I hope some sort of compromise can be reached as it cost over $ 30,000 to build the deck, and it will cost a lot of money to dismantle it, but one cannot ignore planning rules, especially at such a significant historic location, and Joanna Robinson should have known better than just go ahead without approval from the State Heritage Office and City of Fremantle. Maybe a smaller deck is acceptable to the heritage people?
Two new art exhibitions open tonight at 6 pm at Kidogo Arthouse on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.
Artist David Kenworthy shows his cute and lovely kitsch flashing coloured lights children’s paddle bath art in the small gallery, while in the large space Michelle Maliepaard shows her paintings and wooden statues.
Both shows are well worth a visit so head down to Bathers!
OnePerth reports that the State Heritage Office is investigating the unauthorised erection of a large timber deck on the northern side of Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. The building is also known as the heritage listed Kerosene Store.
The gallery received permission in July 2015 to build a small toilet block and deck of a total area of 13.6mx3.8m but instead only built a large deck of 13.6mx5.12m but not the toilet block.
The State Heritage Office says the deck is inappropriate in material, height and size and built over a significant archaeological area, and that is detrimentally affects the cultural heritage significance of the building.
A state committee will decide on March 22 if retrospective approval will be given or the owner forced to demolish the $ 75,000.00 deck that already has been used for the pop-up Kelp bar, weddings and functions and the recent World Match Racing Tour.
This is not good news for owner Joanna Robinson who fought with Fremantle Council for years to get approval to build toilets, why she changed her mind after approval for that was finally given is anyone’s guess and might cost her dearly.
Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach has installed a large deck for outdoor events and functions and that comes as a bit of a surprise as we were waiting for toilets to be built to re-open the lovely Kelp Bar there.
I am not sure what plans owner Joanna Robinson has and if she is only going to apply for the occasional events liquor license, so time will tell. It is definitely a fantastic spot for small music events, wedings and to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.