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ART IN THE FREO WEST END

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, exhibition, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2018

 

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A reminder that the Fremantle ART IN THE WEST END is on today from 4-7pm in four venues.

Go visit Artsource in Phillimore Street, Level Up Studios in Cliff Street, PSAS in Pakenham Street and the new gallery in the National Hotel on High Street to see great art by local artists.

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AWESOME ARTWALK IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2018

 

There is a great cultural walk happening this coming Friday November 2 in Fremantle’s historic West End.

The Art in the West End-AWE will be running fom 4-7pm in four locations to showcase the work of our local artists. It will involve some 98 artists opening their studios and exhibition spaces.

Artsource at Phillimore Street will open its 40 artist’s studios and PSAS in Pakenham Street  will show off the work of its 50 artists in 35 studios.

The Level One Studios in Cliff Street will also open, as will the new gallery space in the National Hotel.

It’s all free, so go for an AWEsome experience and maybe even buy a work straight from the artist.

Roel Loopers

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DUTCHIES EXHIBIT AT ARTSOURCE

Posted in art, artsource, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2018

 

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Two art exhibitions in the stunning Old Customs House Gallery of Fremantle’s Artsource are well worth viewing.

Woven by Straw is the unique art of one of Fremantle’s most favourite Dutch people Theo Koning, while Systematic Intuition is the creation of Gert Handschin.

The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11m to 5pm and will also be open on the long weekend Monday.

The show is on till September 30. The gallery is in Phillimore Street near the Cliff Street intersection.

Roel Loopers

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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BRAD RIMMER PHOTO SHOW AT FREO’S ARTSOURCE

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

 

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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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FAREWELL FREO SHOW AT ARTSOURCE TONIGHT

Posted in art, artsource, exhibition, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 22, 2016

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After five years in WA American artist Audrey Tulimiero-Welch is returning home to the US.

She has a range of gorgeous artworks for sale from large canvases to smaller works on paper.

Over the past 15 years Audrey has been documenting her journey of Place as she explored, lived, and created in various locations around the world including Sumatra, Bangkok and Perth.

Audrey’s painting journey of her time in Perth is influenced by the topography of Western Australia, mapping Place through line, gesture, and colour.

Of her artwork she says “My works speak to ideas of transience and finding ones place. They attempt to comment on the process of immersion into a new country, with unfamiliar customs and codes. Similar to how cartography locates place, I use line, color, and layers to locate an abstract topography, leading the viewer to sites that are familiar and obscure, personal and universal”

Come along today, Friday from 6-9pm or Saturday 23rd July 11-4pm, Sunday 24th July 11-4pm and check out her work. The exhibition is at  Studio 33 at Artsource in the Old Customs House,  8 Phillimore St, Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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ARTSOURCE ARTISTS PROTEST AGAINST BASEL CHANGES

Posted in art, artsource, fremantle, western australia by freoview on June 17, 2016

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Fremantle artists and Greens candidate Kate Davis joined the National Day of Action and also protested this morning in front of the ARTSOURCE building in Phillimore Street against the proposed cuts to the Basel Exchange program.

As I reported last week ARTSOURCE has been involved for over twenty years in the Basel Exchange program where WA artists are sent to Switzerland and given studio space and accommodation for a six months period. In exchange artists from Basel come here and stay at the international studio in Fremantle.

The six months gives artists from both countries sufficient time to get a real feel for the foreign culture and art, and to collaborate with local artists, but now the ARTSOURCE management wants to cut the exchange period to just six weeks.

Many Basel artists who stayed in Fremantle have travelled WA to see our outback and have responded to that experience in exhibitions they had here and back at home, and Perth artists have connected with the Swiss lifestyle and countryside and their new art reflected upon that experience.

I hear the reason the management wants to make the change is to add more exchange destinations and that is a good idea in principle, but not at the cost of cutting down the Basel Exchange program so drastically. From six months to six weeks is ridiculous and should be reconsidered.

Roel Loopers

ARTSOURCE BASEL EXCHANGE SHORT CHANGED

Posted in art, artsource, fremantle, western australia by freoview on June 13, 2016

There are some rumblings among the members of the WA ARTSOURCE organisation, who are not happy with the changes the board wants to make to the very popular Basel Exchange.

Artsource started over 25 years ago in the Old Customs House in Phillimore Street as the Fremantle Artist Foundation, a support organisation for Western Australian artists, and has since grown into the very effective Artsource which promotes and supports local artists, rents out affordable studios around Perth to artists, etc.

It has also been involved for over twenty years in the Basel Exchange program where WA artists are sent to Switzerland and supplied with studio space and accommodation for a six months period. In exchange artists from Basil come here and stay at the international studio in Fremantle.

The six months gives artists from both countries sufficient time to get a real feel of the foreign culture and art, and  to collaborate with local artists, but now the Artsource management wants to cut the exchange period to just six weeks.

Many Basel artists who stayed in Fremantle have travelled WA to see our outback and have responded to that experience in exhibitions they had here and back at home, and Perth artists have connected with the Swiss lifestyle and countryside and their new art reflected upon that experience.

I agree with the disgruntled Artsource members that six weeks is not enough to get a real insight into a foreign culture, travel and have a meaningful exchange with overseas artists.

I hear the reason the management wants to make the change is to add more exchange destinations and that is a good idea in principle, but not at the cost of cutting down the Basel Exchange program so drastically. From six months to six weeks is ridiculous and should be reconsidered. Maybe a compromise could be reached with four months?

Roel Loopers

CIRCUS W.A. SCHOOL’S FREO FUTURE IN LIMBO

Posted in circus wa, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on September 2, 2015

It appears not all was as well with Fremantle’s CIRCUS WA as indicated at a recent Fremantle Council meeting where Councillor Rachel Pemberton was reassuring that ARTSOURCE would look into relocating Circus WA in their Phillimore Street building and would not force them out. This was at the Council discussion about giving the, largely unknown, ENKEL group a long-term lease of the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, after talks between Enkel and Circus WA to share that building had failed.

This morning I talked to one of the managers of Artsource Fremantle who told me they want the ground floor space to create an arthub with gallery, cafe, a space where they can have events with their artists etc. and that initial talks with the City about doing that in a COF owned building had not proceeded because Artsource wants the cohesion of doing it all in their own building, and that makes sense.

The question now is where Circus WA will go and if it will stay in Fremantle because Artsource has generously given them five years to find another location, but so far they have not succeeded in finding an appropriate building high enough for trapez, etc.

Would Fremantle Council have voted to give Enkel the lease if they had known Artsource would no longer accommodate Circus WA, or might they have made a different decision and insist on Enkel and the circus school sharing the Naval Stores? We will never know.

What is next I wonder. C Shed on Victoria Quay is vacant and hardly used. Could the circus school be moved there or in the rarely used part of B Shed? Has the City of Fremantle talked with Fremantle Ports about it?

With the development of Kings Square still uncertain maybe the former Queensgate cinema space would be suitable for the circus school. Whatever happens Fremantle City needs to make sure Circus WA will stay in our city as we cannot afford to lose more of our cultural organisations. Fremantle also prides itself on its youth culture and that can not be restricted to the Esplanade Youth Plaza only.

And what about this info I just received vial email from Enkel:

It’s time to launch our new collaboration space in East Vic Park : The Vic Park MiniLab!

enkel will lease the space at 874 Albany Highway for one year. The majority of our activities will now happen here, and we consider East Vic Park our home base for now.

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CIRCUS STAYS AND BOB IS YOUR ENKEL

Posted in circuswa, city of fremantle, enkel, local government by freoview on June 25, 2015
Photo: friends of Cantonment Hill

Photo: friends of Cantonment Hill

As was expected Fremantle Council last night approved a long-term lease of the Naval Stores building at Cantonment Hill to the ENKEL Collective, yet another incubator-style and relatively new business. The attempt to get ENKEL share the huge space with CIRCUSWA was not successful and that is disappointing.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton told Council that recent talks with the Chair of ARTSOURCE had been very positive and that the State arts agency were looking to accommodate CIRCUSWA in another part of the building at Phillimore Street when they moved in downstairs with a gallery and cafe. That would probably be the best outcome for CIRCUSWA.

It will now have to be seen if ENKEL will be able to activate Cantonment Hill and also embrace and organise outdoor activities. The collective has not much of a record and only recently set up a website, so they have to prove that they can produce what they promise and attract a large number of people to the historic east end hill. Time will tell.

Roel Loopers

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