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FREO’S ART WALK THIS WEEKEND

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2019

 

June 15 Artwalk

Rain or shine, Artwalk Freo is on this weekend from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Check out the studios and art of Ian de Souza, Megan Salmon, Michael Knight and Pippin Drysdale.

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FREMANTLE COMPETITIVE LEASING POLICY UNFAIR TO ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES.

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, local government, retail, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2019

 

Item 1906-1 on Wednesday’s FPOL Committee agenda of Fremantle Council raises interesting questions as to why the City of Fremantle has a ‘competitive manner leasing policy’ for its properties.

The item is about renewing the lease of the Fremantle Public Golf Course at Montreal Street and officers suggest that Councillors agree to an exemption of the competitive manner leasing policy because the Lessee has a proven record.

I believe it is pretty fair to extend the lease for the present Lessee but question why that does not apply to other Lessees or License Holders in Fremantle, such as the artists of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

It is not as if the competitive policy allows the City to get more money for its properties, because the City sets the rents, so it can only be about wanting change for no practical reasons.

Why does the City want established artists who have been professionally and successfully operating to engage in a competitive process, when there is no guarantee that new artists will be equally successful and able to pay the rent? There have been several failures at Arthur’s Head where at the end the City had to write off outstanding rent because it was not recoverable.

There are not many sculptors who still do traditional life-size bronze sculptures the way Greg James does at J Shed, so that should qualify as unique as well.

Jenny Dawson has run her ceramic art business successfully for twenty years at J Shed and pays full commercial rates to the city, which are determined by an outside consultant.

I have heard the argument from Councillors that if the artists pay commercial rates at Arthur’s Head it won’t be difficult for them to pay full rates elsewhere in Fremantle, but that is bollocks, and even more so for retail art galleries such at Glen Cowans and David Giles.

Establishing a small business is bloody hard work, and starting somewhere else all over again sets back a business by years, so it is time Fremantle Council reconsidered its competitive manner leasing policy because all it does is penalise successful established businesses, and that is very unfair.

Roel Loopers

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SOME COLOUR TO START A WET WEEK

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, rain, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on June 10, 2019

 

lightbox

 

We have had very decent rain the last three days and there are many more showers to come all week so the gardens can’t stop smiling, and I hope the same applies to our farmers.

So to start the wet week a bit of colour for you. It is the lightbox in the children’s creative section at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Roel Loopers

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GOOD WINTER SHOWS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle arts centre, history, Uncategorized by freoview on June 9, 2019

 

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There are five new exhibitions at the Fremantle Arts Centre so perfect to visit on a cold winter day.

There are shows by Trever Richards, James Angus, Dai-Rong Lee and former harbourmaster Captain George Forsyth and a show of Harbour images.

It is a shame that for conservation reasons the old photos and artworks of Fremantle harbour are in a very dark room and I did find it impossible to see much of the details, so that was very disappointing.

Roel Loopers

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SCULPTURES AT BATHERS BEACH IS BACK!

 

Sculpture@Bathers

 

I am delighted that the great SCULPTURE AT BATHERS exhibition will be back on next year with the organisers calling for entries.

The show at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach attracted thousands of people in the past and is a great showcase of Western Australian 3D art.

Roel Loopers

DIVERSE WINTER SHOWS AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on June 4, 2019

 

 

The Fremantle Arts Centre WINTER EXHIBITIONS will be opened by WA Governor Kim Beazley this Friday June 7 at 6.30pm.

It will be a diverse offering of works by Trevor Richards, James Angus and Dai-Rong Lee, with another exhibtion of paintings and photographs of Fremantle harbour, plus one of  the historic works of pilot painter Captain George Forsyth.

Sounds fascinating, so I’ll definitely be going to the FAC to view the exhibitions.

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S YELLOW STREET PLANTERS BEAUTY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2019

 

arty planters

 

The Lily Pilly trees in the arty yellow-striped planter boxes look quite cute but they will become a pain when they start losing fruit as the pavement will look very messy.

Nice to see in the background the work on the building of Cliff and High streets still going on after it took so long to remove the yellow foil of the Felice Varini artwork that had damaged the surface.

I have been told the planters were not put along the car park for disability access reasons, but that makes little sense when further up the road they have to ride slalom around A-signs that are randomly put on the footpath without any consideration for pedestrians, and even less for people in wheelchairs, gophers, etc.

It is time the City developed a policy of where signs can be placed, how many, etc. because it is a visual mess and a safety issue for those using the footpaths.

 

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FREMANTLE ART AWARD FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on May 29, 2019

 

Now in its eighth year, the City of Fremantle’s 25under25 Art Award continues to provide quality exhibition experience to early career artists and to celebrate the strength and vibrancy that young artists bring to the WA creative community. The Award is open to all West Australian artists aged 14 to 25 years.

PRIZES

First Prize | $1,500 cash prize and a four-week residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre

Highly Commended | $500 cash prize and a portfolio mentorship with Fremantle Arts Centre curator Dr Ric Spencer

People’s Choice Award | art materials and Moore & Moore cafe prize pack

EXHIBITION

The 25 selected finalists will exhibit their artworks at The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery from 28 September – 6 October 2019. Prize winners will be announced on opening night, Friday 27 September 2019.

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY

Applications open: Entries OPEN NOW

Applications close: 4pm, Monday 29 July 2019

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MARITIME MONUMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime, navy, north mole, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

sailor 3

 

On my daily discovery tours around Fremantle, to see if anything new is happening, I ‘discovered’ this big three-metre high bronze sculpture next to the submarine at the Maritime Museum.

It is stage one of the Australian Sailor Monument, which will be installed on the North Mole at Rouse Head.

It will be the first monument in Australia to recognise all those who discovered, settled, developed and defended our country-“those who go down to the sea in ships.”

The huge artwork, designed by Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith will honour Australia’s maritime history.

I still don’t like the idea of having such a significant monument so far out of Fremantle all the way on the North Mole. It would be much better on Victoria Quay as far more people could see it there.

Roel Loopers

J SHED ARTISTS CREATE OWN SIGNS

 

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The Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach have had enough of Council constantly talking about activating the historic precinct while they ignore their own placemaking advise of low hanging fruit of supporting and promoting existing businesses, instead of just pipe dreaming about the big projects for Arthur’s Head.

So the arty J Shed mob have started to put their own way finding signs around to make visitors aware there is creative light at the end of the Whalers Tunnel, and by the way, also a gorgeous beach.

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