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FREMANTLE ART AND EYESORE COMBO

Posted in art, city of fremantle, graffiti, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2018

 

 

The beautification of less attractive buildings is welcome, but some people go over the top with it. The mural graffiti artwork by Art-By-Row at Redhot Design in Fremantle is an example of not knowing when to stop and to show restraint.

The dog image is funny and the portrait is nice too, but did the artist really have to paint every centimetre of the buildings and fence?  For me it is a mix of art and eyesore, and I wonder if property owners do need council approval for these very large murals.

Here a bit-too much-of colour on a drab day.

Roel Loopers

KIDOGO LAWN PARKING NOT ON!

Kidogo lawn parking

 

A reminder to the City of Fremantle that something needs to be done about vehicles driving and parking on the new lawn in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, unless the ratepayers are prepared to spend thousands of dollars each year to replace and repair grass damaged by vehicles.

I photographed these two vehicles on Sunday and when I walked by an hour later another car had taken the spot of one of them.

This is regularly happening, so damage to the grass will be inevitable, unless Fremantle City prevents vehicles from driving onto the lawn.

Roel Loopers

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WINTER SHOWS AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2018

 

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Arts Centre morning coffee

 

I went to have a look at the new winter exhibitions at the Fremantle Arts Centre yesterday and liked the GIFTED show of works donated to the City of Fremantle by art collector Mary Harrison Hill.

The works of Paul Hinchcliffe, Jurek Wybranec, Trevor Vickers, Karl Wiebke and Theo Koning made memories flood back, as these artists started to make a name for themselves in the early 1980s when my then partner Brigitte Braun opened her ARTPLACE gallery in Claremont.

In the next gallery are some large works by Caspar Fairhall, who was a graphic designer I did photography assignments for in the 1980s, and as I remembered during a sleepless night last night, I also shot his lovely low-key wedding in the small garden at the back of his house in Maylands. His wife Helen was the curator for the Wesfarmers art collection.

I did not connect at all with the very large video sound show in the main gallery and hallway that ….creating visual interpretations of unseen worlds… I am clearly not intelligent enough to feel a connection with this kind of conceptual art.

There is another gallery with projections and the walls lit up by small electric candles, that is about the human ability to deny death and mortality and mirrors our denial of climate change.

Go and have a look for yourself as art is a very personal taste, and while there have a nice coffee or meal in the courtyard.

Roel Loopers

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BRAD RIMMER’S STUNNING PHOTOS AT ARTSOURCE

Posted in art, artsource, city of fremantle, culture, nature, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2018

 

 

Fremantle photographer Brad Rimmer’s Don’t Look Down exhibition at ARTSOURCE is mesmerising. His photo show about the Swiss Alps is not the run of the mill pretty colourful postcard panoramic stuff but a deep connection with the environment he was in.

There is something haunting and an eerie stillness, a sense of isolation, desolation and aloneness about Rimmer’s excellent photos, which are displayed like an installation in the magnificent space once occupied by Circus WA.

Brad Rimmer understands his craft and he allows himself to be emotionally vulnerable when he lets the overpowering landscape of the Alps awe and inspire him to find the essence in smaller sections of the overwhelming mountain landscape and the forrest.

Since Foto Freo was unfortunately abandoned many years ago Fremantle has not had many good photo exhibitions, and we definitely have not had one that is as stunning and powerful as this show by Brad Rimmer. Go and see it!

ARTSOURCE is in Phillimore Street near the intersection of Cliff Street.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE WATERCOLOURS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 30, 2018

 

 

I keep telling you that I love taking photos of reflections, so here some water colours I took this morning in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

It’s a gorgeous day out there before another storm will hit Freo tomorrow, so take advantage of it if you can and go for a nice long walk!

We live in a very special place and  we should appreciate it much more than some social media posts want us to believe.

Roel Loopers

BRAD RIMMER PHOTO SHOW AT FREO’S ARTSOURCE

Posted in art, artsource, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2018

 

Brad Rimmer show

 

My mate and fellow photographer Brad Rimmer is having an exhibition in the new art space at ARTSOURCE in the old Customs House in Phillimore Street in Fremantle.

The opening of DON’T LOOK DOWN by Brad Rimmer is this Wednesay May 30 at 6.30pm.

Join him from 6.30pm 30 May 2018 in this exhibition of new works from his Global City Residency in Basel, Switzerland.

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DADAA NEEDS SUPPORT TO OPEN CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018

 

Arts and disability organisation, DADAA is moving ahead with the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Old Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park with the creation of a cafe in the lovely courtyard behind the building.

The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the Fremantle heritage building is the next area to receive an upgrade with the creation of the new café Humble Pantry Fremantle.

DADAA had a dream of turning the old kitchen and courtyard into a great café that not only serves excellent coffee and healthy food, but also provides training and employment opportunities for people with disability.

DADAA, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to art programs for people with disability, have partnered with dynamic mother-son team Clare and Kieran Cranny to open the café later this year.

The new café initiative is pursuing a sustainable financial model that is not reliant on government funding in order to meet its goal of providing employment for people with disability. DADAA and its new café operators are keen to work with businesses and individuals to meet this mission.

Local business Brayco got on board early, generously donating the commercial kitchen.

DADAA are now seeking other local businesses and donors to assist in raising the remaining $30,000 through crowdfunding to complete the fit-out of Fremantle’s first truly inclusive café – a place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity.

Locals are invited to join the ‘Humble Coffee Club’ and to join in on this exciting community-building project with a contribution, large or small.

The campaign, which ends on 30 June 2018, has been launched with a video on the leading platform for cause-driven crowdfunding, StartSomeGood:

https://startsomegood.com/humblepantryfremantle.

Donors and supporters will recognise their name on a Giving Wall created by DADAA artists and will be invited to a celebratory opening to meet other generous individuals who want to see social enterprise like this initiative flourish in Fremantle.

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FLY AWAY FROM FREMANTLE?

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

A musician who spoke at the Fremantle Council meeting last night claimed that the Fly by Night club will be leaving Fremantle next month.

I have heard the rumour before and am also aware that the Fly wanted a rent reduction from the City of Fremantle, but I have no confirmation that the musicians club will vacate Victoria Hall.

It would be sad to lose a live music venue, so I am keen to find out what is going on.

Does any of Freo’s View readers know more about it?

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COUNCIL’S MOMENT OF INSANITY

 

J Shed

 

Predictably Fremantle Council last night voted to recommend for approval by the WA Planning Commission a 300 patron tavern at J Shed on Arthur’s Head, against the express wishes of the local community, Noongar people, artists and heritage groups.

But the battle was lost long before last night when over four years ago Council in a moment of collective insanity decided that the best applicant for the Expressions of Interest process for a bar/cafe/gallery was the proposal for a 1,500 patron live outdoor music venue and an 850 patron tavern, and signed a 21-year lease with Sunset Events.

Since then the live music aspect was taken away as the Council back tracked more and more because of public outrage, so at the end they believed everyone had compromised enough and 300 patrons was just a bit more than a small bar, and a tavern would activate Arthur’s Head.

The public gallery was jam packed full, and more than 30 people spoke for an hour and a half, with 80 per cent of them being against the tavern.

There were many new faces and young artists and valid arguments were made that a good arts venture would help activate J Shed and the historic area, while a very eloquent young psychologist warned about the dangers of alcohol and public health, but it was all to no avail and only four of the nine Councillors present voted against the proposal.

It was very disappointing that the elected members were abused by some people in the public gallery as that is totally inappropriate. The planning approval went through proper process and the community has elected Councillors to make decisions, and as with all decisions governments make half of the people won’t agree with them. For the record. I don’t agree with this one either.

The deciding authority is the WAPC and even if they approve Sunset Events’ application they will still need to convince the liquor licensing authority that a tavern at Bathers Beach with only portaloos is a good idea.

I am very disappointed with Fremantle Council about this issue. They did not have the backbone to admit the 21-year lease for a tavern was wrong, so they had to back their wrong decision all the way. That is not good governance.

Roel Loopers

 

WATERCOLOURS AT BITCHES BREW ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2018

 

Bitches Brew May 23

The new Fremantle Bitches Brew art space is having a new exhibition from May 23 of watercolours by Meath Conlan.

The art space and picture framers is at 63 High Street near the corner of Pakenham Street in the historic West End of Freo.

Roel Loopers

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