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Fremantle Arts Centre has launched a new series of podcasts aimed at promoting and supporting local artists and musicians during COVID-19.

The podcast ‘FAC Chats’ involves FAC Events Coordinator David Craddock and other staff at the Arts Centre interviewing musicians, visual artists and craftspeople in an effort to connect them and their artwork with the Fremantle community while they are unable to physically show their work.

In addition to providing an insight into artists’ work, the episodes provide a way for the community to support artists by purchasing their work, recordings, merchandise or tickets to rescheduled events.

The first two episodes are interviews with musicians whose gigs at FAC were affected by COVID-19.

The first episode features musicians Tom Fisher, Grace Newton-Worsdworth, Justin Fermino and Brian Kruger discussing how COVID-19 is severely disrupting concerts as we know them and how WA musicians are dealing with the downtime.

The second episode features Triffids members ‘Evil’ Graham Lee and Robert McComb telling the story of how a series of unreleased demo recordings by Robert’s brother and Triffids’ frontman David McComb were uncovered and bought to life by his dear friends as part of the brand new album and live show ‘Truckload of Sky: The Lost Songs of David McComb’.

In Episode 3, released today, Curator André Lipscombe selects six significant and diverse works out of the more than 1500 artworks in the Fremantle Art Collection as part of a virtual gallery talk.

You can subscribe to FAC Chats on iTunesSpotify or Google Play or listen to it on the Fremantle Arts Centre website.



Posted in art, artists, artsource, city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019


Worrying signs for the art and artists in Fremantle with the ARTSOURCE newsletter indicating that the WA state government will have the old Customs House building open for expressions of interest next year.

If this means that Artsource will be leaving from there it will mean the loss of thirty artist’s studios in Fremantle and that is significant.

Artsource has been fantastic in Fremantle and today-Saturday will have an Open House where we can visit the artists’ studios, so make sure to go and show your support, and also contact the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk and the Department for the Arts and let them know we want Artsource to stay in the Old Customs House right here in Freo!

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, design, fashion, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on July 11, 2019


Made On The Left, the oldest Perth handmade artist markets, will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle this weekend July 13 and 14.

More than 80 WA artists and designers will show their works, from art to design, fashion, food, homewares, plants, etc.

There will also be retro and handmade vintage clothing, leather, candles, timber furniture, jewellery, artisan soaps, honey and more, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers




Posted in art, artists, artwalk freo, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2019


June 15 Artwalk

The great Artwalk Freo is back next weekend, so make sure to have a wander and visit some of the exciting artist’s studios.

Participating artists this year are Ian de Souza, Megan Salmon, Michael Knight and Pippin Drysdale.

It is on Saturday and Sunday June 15 and 16 from 10am to 4pm.

Roel Loopers




Posted in art, city of fremantle, finances, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2018



These grants aim to provide financial assistance in support of activities contributing to the wellbeing, vibrancy, and cultural diversity of Fremantle.

The next round of arts and community grant funding will open from 9:00am 4 September 2018. Applications close 5:00pm 27 September 2018.

If you would like help writing your grant application the City is running community workshops.

Tuesday 4 September, 10:00am to 11:00am at North Fremantle Community Centre
Tuesday 4 September, 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Fremantle Library
Wednesday 5 September, 10:00am to 11:00am at Sullivan Hall, White Gum Valley
Thursday 6 September, 6:00pm to 7:00pm at North Fremantle Community Centre
Friday 7 September, 10:00am to 11:00am at The Meeting Place, South Fremantle
Wednesday 12 September, 9:30am to 10:30am at Fremantle PCYC, Hilton.

Book your place by emailing

For more information on the grant process…/arts-community-grants



Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017


The Fremantle Network event about art in Fremantle at the National Hotel was yet again a very informative community session. Tom Mueller of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street and Robby Lang of the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street spoke about their art hubs.

Mueller said it was special to operate out of a federation style brick and iron heritage building, built in 1907. To financially support their arts program PSAS had to diversify through private functions such as weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, etc. This allowed them to plan their art exhibitions two years ahead.

Small art businesses needed to be adaptive and PSAS tried to make their shows all about giving people a voice, and an honest and emotional response to art, Mueller said.

It is all about the conservation with the community and being open to change, and about creating something in the big warehouse space of the building.

There are 36 studios upstairs with practising artists, but also an architect, and there is the Studio 37 cafe on the ground floor as well.

PSAS had host the Fashion Collective and Hidden Treasures music festival.

Robby Lang of The Fib said that creative people don’t like to work for someone else, and that’s why he started the arts incubator 15 years ago in a run-down warehouse in an industrial area.

People are looking for a different way to exist and keep out of the rat race, and artists look at the cracks in society.

The Fib has art studios, but also a central space for exhibitions and functions, and a cafe.

Lang said it was all about giving people the opportunity to do their own things, and it was not purely about art. It is an environment where people can hang out, express themselves, and feel safe.

You have to be massively flexible and open to what people want to do within the space of the Fib. Micro management only limits your own imagination.

The industrial area he started The Fib in 15 years ago has now changed and there are a lot of creative businesses in the surrounding streets. It probably needs its own branding as an arts precinct, Robby Lang said.

Fremantle is brave enough to take chances and make changes and that is good, as nobody looks back in history where people played it safe. Fremantle has the opportunity to embrace things that are a bit scary and new.

The Fib has been a fantastic journey but a financial disaster, he laughed.

The next project is a movable creative container space for makers and sellers, but council regulations often made it difficult to get innovative things off the ground.

During the public discussion Tom Mueller said that the age of entitlement for artists is over and that relying on public funding was not on anymore. Artists can’t rest on their laurels.

J Shed sculptor Greg James said that an art space is primarily where people create art, and it is not a tourist destination, but the license he has with the City of Fremantle requires him to be open to the public 20 hours a week and that interrupted the work flow and productivity.

I agree that Fremantle Council needs to revisit the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and be clear about what it wants to achieve. An arts hub of makers is not going to greatly activate the area, and if the City wants to create a Freo Montmartre it needs to come up with more innovative ideas for the area.

Robby Lang said it was important for artists to take chances and that an alternative culture needs to happen in Fremantle.

It was a really interesting couple of hours with two very good and likeable speakers!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017


Just a reminder!

The FREMANTLE NETWORK monthly event today, Monday will focus on what art means for Fremantle, so come along if you are an artist, curator, gallery owner, or someone interested in culture and arts.

Art is at the heart of Freo’s identity. The next event will feature the operators of two of Fremantle’s iconic and highly successful independent arts businesses.

Tom Muller, Artistic Director and Artist at PS Art Space

PS Art Space is a project space for the experience of contemporary art which presents a curated program of exhibitions and events by Australian and international artists. It is also houses a number of local artists’ studios within a sensitively restored, heritage listed building in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End precinct. PSAS has become one of Perth’s most exciting and experimental platform to experience contemporary culture.

Robby Lang, Owner and Operator of the Fibonacci Centre

The Fibonacci Centre aims to make a city into a beautiful resonating magnet by nurturing the Dreamers and Makers and providing an incubation chamber for creative ideas. The Fib has become a thriving community of artists and makers creating and working together. The atmosphere in this purpose built creative studio space is inclusive and welcoming, and has become a vibrant community hub, hosting events, exhibitions classes and a cafe.

It’s on  at 6pm Monday 21 August upstairs at the National Hotel.


Roel Loopers



Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, community, fremantle, parking, students, transport, western australia by freoview on September 6, 2016

One of the most annoying and frustrating issues for me in Fremantle is the lack of coordination of community events, as we miss out on good ones because they happen at the same day and at the same time.

The Fremantle Network has talks every first Tuesday of each month and there is Council involvement there, so why does Councillor Jon Strachan has an event exactly at the same time today?

The Fremantle Network at 6 pm today upstairs at the National Hotel presents speakers from Core Fremantle and Hot Soup which occupy space at the Queensgate building at Kings Square. They will be talking about the role of emerging artists and students in the ecology of the city.

At the same time today at 6 pm at The Meeting Place in South Fremantle Jon Strachan will tackle the challenging topic of Sustainable Transport and Parking in Fremantle and the big picture of emerging social and transport trends in Perth.

I want to go to both events, but that is not possible, so why on earth do we not coordinate events in Fremantle better? I suggested years ago for the City of Fremantle to set up a register where people can lodge their events, so they are aware of other events that might clash with theirs.

I am always extremely keen to hear the ideas and visions of the younger generations, but am also very interested in the traffic issues in and around Fremantle. Where to go?

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, art, fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on April 9, 2016



Don’t miss today’s REVEALED W.A. Aboriginal Art Market at the Fremantle Arts Centre!

It is your chance to connect with indigenous artist from all over Western Australia from some of the most remote parts of our state. Twenty two Aboriginal art centres are represented and this is your chance to meet the artists face to face.

They are here from the Kimberley, Pilbara, Western Desert, Goldfields, Great Southern, Mid-West and metropolitan areas.

Artworks for as little as $ 50,00 will be for sale and many more that will deservedly cost a whole lot more because there is some outstanding art on display.

There is no gallery commission on the works, which means that 100% of the profits from the sales will go direct to the artists.

The art market is on from 10 am to 4 pm, so go support our indigenous artists, have a chat with them and learn more about our amazing Aboriginal history and art.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, fremantle, street arts festival by freoview on March 14, 2016


The yearly Fremantle STREET ART FESTIVAL is on again on the long Easter weekend, March 24 to 28, so don’t leave town! If you are not from Fremantle you need to visit for at least one day of the weekend and country people should stay all weekend in one of our many B&Bs, hotels or backpackers. It will be well worth it!

From France come FLAQUE, the cutting-edge juggling rubber men, and the English WHEEL HOUSE brings us poetry in motion on the road to nowhere. From Niger, Kabylia and France come EZZA with their sound of Tuareg music that is a blend of modern rock and African pulse.

Dutch ‘Barbie’ LISA LOTHE has awesome flexibility and does incredible things with hula hoops and from the UK come LEAP, emancipation at its best,  a very strong lady and graceful man.

USA’s POGO FRED holds many Guinness Book of Records for his gravity-defying pogo stick stunts, while THE BED from Spain is all about looking for a place to sleep.

Quite clearly THE ENGLISH GENTS from Australia are not republicans, but their acrobatics are world class.

Italian HANGER shows pantomime with a coat hanger and combines that with physical theatre and juggling, and from Argentina come KINEMATOS who will be suspended six metres in the air to share their sweet naughtiness and humour.

LORDS OF STRUT are Ireland’s most loveable idiots. Their show is Bonkers!

One never has to stay hungry long in Fremantle, but DINO”S RESTAURANT from Italy serves up a different kind of buffet with breathtaking balancing acts, dance and acrobatics.

And there are many more performers and also the STREET ARTS FOOD VILLAGE at Kings Square where food trucks offer yummy treats every day of the long weekend from 11am to 9pm.

Down in High Street the WEST END WEEKENDER will be on again with stalls, live music, fashion, art and craft activities.

I adore the Street Arts Festival. It is my very favourite Festival in festival city and I highly recommend to do nothing else over Easter but come to Freo for three days of pure fun, and it is FREE!!!

Roel Loopers


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