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GENUINE ABORIGINAL ART AT TRUE BLUE MARKETS

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, markets, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2019

 

 

The new Fremantle TRUE BLUE MARKETS has opened opposite the Fremantle Markets in the Henderson Street mall, so go and have a browse.

Brian and Annette Kent are well known faces in Fremantle and the Aboriginal art on offer is genuine and painted by local artists, and not from sweat shops in Indonesia or China.

It is very important when we send tourists to theĀ  new markets to know that they support our local Aboriginal artists, so promote them and spread the word!

Roel Loopers

STUNNING MURAL ART WORTH A VISIT TO THE BIG SMOKE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, perth, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2019

 

 

It is such a gorgeous day that I hopped on the train to Perth to look at the magnificent 27-storey high art mural by artist Matt Adnate on the new hotel in Hay Street that will be named after him; the Adnate Hotel. It is amazing, but difficult to photograph so I walked up all the nine levels of the adjacent car park to see if I could find a better location, but to no avail.

It is disturbing to see how many really mediocre and ugly highrise buildings are being erected in Perth, but great that there are many fantastic large mural artworks on some of them, especially in Northbridge.

Interesting the people one meets on a train ride. A talkative woman from Albany told us that she lives on a houseboat and had just sold her fish&chips shop after five years of hard yakka, while 26 year old Daniel told us he was on his way for a swim at Cottesloe after having spent two and a half years in jail.

While engaging with them I missed catching up with my old mate Michael Thorn, the CEO of Canberra based FARE-the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, who I saw hopping on the train as well. I wrote one of the very first articles for FARE’s blog many years ago.

Roel Loopers

SCI-FI ART AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on August 3, 2019

 

 

There are two new exhibitions on at the Fremantle Arts Centre, so go for a wander there.

OTHER SUNS is cult sci-fi cinema and art, and focuses on the underbellies of science fiction: the hybrid, the noisy, the forbidden, and the venacular. It’s one of those left of field art shows one either likes or hates, and it left me ambivalent, but I blame the intolerance of old age for that, so decide for yourselves.

More to my liking are some old works by one of my favourite WA artists Stuart Elliott.

Roel Loopers

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UNDERCURRENT 19 FREMANTLE BIENNALE OF SITE SPECIFIC ART

WATERLICHT by Daan Roosegarde

 

A massive hundred people from arts, culture and business attended the very long launch of the Fremantle Biennale 2019 at the Maritime Museum on Thursday morning.

UNDERCURRENT 19 will be a fantastic experience for the Fremantle community and beyond and is an invitation to interact with Fremantle through artistic dialogues and site sensitive events. It will create new visual narratives which articulate the spirit of place, so make sure to check out the program here: http://www.fremantlebiennale.com.au/undercurrent/

The biennale runs from November 1-24 and is happening all over the Freo CBD with major events at Fremantle Port and Notre Dame University, the Shipwrecks Museum, etc.

Nicola Forrest of sponsor Minderoo Foundation was at the launch, as was the CEO of Fremantle Ports, former MP Melissa Parke, the Fremantle Mayor and several councillors, artists, curators, architects, art administrators, etc.

Here some titles of exciting events during Undercurrent 19: Pearls and Blackbirds about female divers, Behavioral Ecology, the cute South Mole Resort will be a must to visit, Desire Lines, the Somnus theatre of the sea, Midnight Blue Lagoon. the Standing Wave sound installation in the submarine, Ebb&Flow audience communication, the Billboard Project, etc.

There will also be a symposium at Notre Dame University about how artists make a living.

One of the highlights of Undercurrent 19 will be WATERLICHT by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde about our battle with water, rising sea levels and dwindling fresh water.

Roosegarde said about rising ocean levels in the typical pragmatic and laconic Dutch way “We innovate or we die”

I loved the 2017 inaugural Fremantle Biennale so can’t wait for it to start in three months from now.

Roel Loopers

HUB NIGHTS AT THE MOORES

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, culture, food, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2019

 

HUB Nights at the Moores. August 1

 

HUB NIGHTS start tomorrow at the Moore&Moore cafe in Fremantle’s Henry Street so go and check out what’s on offer!

We hope you are ready to get your feet tapping and show us your dance moves to the amazing tunes of The Witchy Djypsies

Hub Nights on Henry Street with Soul Festival is happening THIS Thursday 1 August from 6:00pm.

There will be plenty to see, do and eat at the Launch Party of Hub Nights. Immerse yourself in the wonderful night of music, workshops and market stalls.

We can’t wait to see you!

Register your interest through Eventbrite: https://hubnightswithsoulfestival.eventbrite.com

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VANDALS SET FIRE AT FREO’S J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, crime, fire, j shed, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on July 18, 2019

 

J Shed fire

 

There was again serious vandalism at Fremantle’s Arthur’s Head last night with idiots setting fire to the northern wall of the J Shed art studios.

No major damage was done but the power had to be cut off for safety reasons. It is just lucky that the fire brigade arrived early as otherwise the entire shed and some very important artworks could have been destroyed.

Although vandalism is frequent in the area there are still no CCTV cameras in the historic precinct.

Roel Loopers

INTERNATIONAL STONE SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, city of melville, sculpture, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2019

 

stone sculptures

 

It is a shame Fremantle will miss out on hosting the first Western Australian International Stone Sculpture Symposium that is being organised by J Shed artist Jina Lee, who just returned from a stone sculpture symposium in Italy.

The WAISSS will be held somewhere in the City of Melville, so I’ll keep you posted when I get more information.

These symposiums are very popular and attract many visitors so this is a loss for Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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GOOD FACELIFT FOR FREO’S HIGH STREET

 

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Fremantle High Street is looking a lot better now that all the yellow artwork foil has been removed and many of the facades repainted. There is only one building left with some yellow on it at No 10 and that belongs to renowned architect Michael Patroni who wants to remove all the paint I have been told and return the historic building to its former glory of tuck pointed brick.

I hear that several owners have started to ask for quotes to also get their buildings along High Street painted, so that is a pretty good outcome of what was an expensive debacle after the removal of the stunning Felice Varini artwork proved to be far more complicated than anticipated.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO SATURDAY SERENADE

Posted in busking, city of fremantle, music, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on July 13, 2019

 

Freo

 

What a delightful Saturday in Fremantle, and more brilliant weather to come the next days. It even attracted West Coast Eagles player Andrew Gaff to wander down historic High Street to get over the disappointment of yesterday’s one point loss to Collingwood.

I took the photo of this energetic band in the High Street mall in front of a mural artwork.

Roel Loopers

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PHANTOM ISLANDS ART AT FREO’S PSAS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2019

 

PSAS

 

If you wander around Freo pop into the PS Art Space in Pakenham Street and have a look at the Phantom Islands art installation.

Neon lights, plants and music by landscape designer Andrew Beck, sound artist Ned Beckley and visual artist Tom Muller.

Roel Loopers

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