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ALL ABOUT ART IN FREO

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

ART IMPORTANT FOR FREMANTLE

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

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CLASHING FREMANTLE EVENTS VERY FRUSTRATING!

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

WA ABORIGINAL ART MARKET AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

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

Revealed

 

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

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GET READY FOR THE GREAT FREO STREET ART FESTIVAL

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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IT’S SUNSET FOR HERITAGE RESPECT AT ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, concerts, heritage by freoview on March 11, 2016

J Shed 3 J Shed 2 J Shed 1

 

So this is what the City of Fremantle understands as activation of Arthur Head, our State’s most significant heritage area, and this is what Sunset Events director David Chitty believes is respectful to the area.

It is an absolute disgrace that we now have a junk yard at J Shed with stinking portaloos and sea-containers that make the area look like an industrial site and discourage tourists from visiting the J Shed art studios.

This has become a serious joke where nothing Sunset Events promised has been implemented. Where is the art theme of the venue? Where are the international food trucks for the Sunday BBQ? Instead they stick a small bbq closest to Greg James’ sculpture studio so the sea breeze blows his work space and gallery full with smoke and food fumes.

Who at the City of Fremantle actually takes responsibility to see that tenants comply with what they promise to do when they sign a lease or license? Who gave Sunset Events the permission to occupy public space 24/7 with ugly seafood containers and a junk yard?

This is a shambles Mayor Brad Petttitt, and it is now time to actually be true to your promises of heritage protection and clean this mess up as it is unacceptable!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Nice to hear that my suggestion to put the word heritage in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct is now being debated and might be implemented.

SEEDFUND TO ESTABLISH ROOTS FOR MUSICIANS

Posted in fremantle, fundraising, music by freoview on September 29, 2015

seedfund

Fremantle artists John Butler started a project in 2005 to help musicians become self-sustainable and that has grown into Seedfund where his partner Mama Kin is also a director.

The organisation has been granted DGR status and can accept donations that are tax deductible, so if you want to support Australian artists from all backgrounds, do consider donating to this project at: http://pozi.be/seedfund

Roel Loopers

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HEY BABE. HAVE A WALK ON THE ART SIDE!

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on September 5, 2015

ARTWALK FREO is on today and tomorrow September 5 and 6 from 10am-4pm, so check out the http://www.artwalkfreo.com website for more details.

Renowned Fremantle artists will open their homes and studios to the public and it is always very interesting to have a chat with artists about their work and the thinking behind it. As you can see in the photos artist Ian de Souza also opened his bedroom and bathroom to visitors as his whole home in Blinco Street is an art gallery

Other artists participating are Annette Seeman, John Teschendorff, Eveline Kotai, Trevor Richards, Michael Knight, Ron Nyisztor, Penny Bovell, Penny Coss and Adam Shand.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Truly Independent.

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ARTWALK FREO ON THIS WEEKEND

Posted in art, artwalk freo, fremantle by freoview on August 31, 2015

 

ARTWALK FREO is on again on Saturday and Sunday September 5 and 6 from 10am-4pm, so check out the http://www.artwalkfreo.com website for more details.

Renowned Fremantle artists will open their homes and studios to the public and it is always very interesting to have a chat with artists about their work and the thinking behind it.

Artists participating are Annette Seeman, John Teschendorff, Eveline Kotai, Ian de Souza, Trevor Richards, Michael Knight, Ron Nyisztor, Penny Bovell, Penny Coss and Adam Shand.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Truly Independent.

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J SHED TAVERN PLANS A HEADACHE FOR LONG-TERM ARTISTS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, j shed by freoview on August 13, 2015

The Sunset Events project of a tavern at historic J Shed on Arthur Head  has taken on a new form with the City advertising for public comments on changes. The City of Fremantle seeks comment on an application received proposing- Partial change of use to Tavern (including live music), additions and alterations to existing building.

Project architects CODA write that the new plans “Significantly reduced the scale of the development. Consequentially the impact of the project both from a heritage and community aspect has also significantly reduced.”

Two things stand out for me, the first one a two stacked sea container structure as a micro brewery to the east of J Shed at the southern end, making and end to the thoroughfare to Fleet Street and the steps up to Mrs Trivett Lane and the arts studios at Captain’s Lane. That is very bad for connectivity to Victoria Quay and the cohesiveness of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

The proposal to have the entry to the tavern and live outdoor music venue straight next to the workshop studio of sculptor Greg James is madness. It would mean the artist would lose access to his workplace when large queues of music lovers line up in front of his door to gain access to concerts. The entry proposal also affects Greg James’ ability to use a forklift, his ute and trucks that might be needed to transport heavy sculptures from his studio to their destination. I am a big fan of CODA but to put the entry there is a stupid idea that needs to be revisited and changed, because it is unacceptable to the artist who works daily and often on weekends at his workshop. A new operator should not interfere with his livelihood and restrict access to his lease at any time of the day or week.

I also wonder about the planned extension of the boardwalk from Kidogo Arthouse, which the City of Fremantle wanted to create good connectivity between the Fishing Boat Harbour and the Maritime Museum and Victoria Quay. The tavern proposal would mean the pathway would have to go around the restricted live music area of the A Class Reserve, heading west to then come back east to north to Victoria Quay. That creates a wayfinding problem and might stop people from using the north south/south north direction. It also limits the visitors to the art galleries of J Shed as they can only come in from the north and no longer from the Fishing Boat Harbour direction.

In my opinion this is a selfish plan where Sunset Events rides rough shot over the long-term artists who have been at J Shed for twenty years. These plans need to be changed to show more respect and consideration for the existing operators at J Shed.

Roel Loopers

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