There was such an air of negativity at the Sunset Events community information session about new plans for J Shed at Bathers Beach that I left before the questions started, as the interruptions were annoying.
I walked away asking how one can create trust between parties when there is so much negativity. Honesty helps to achieve that, so why did Sunset Events director David Chitty in his presentation omitted to mention plans for a brewery, as well as the tavern, restaurant and picnic area he mentioned?
That is so silly and tactically so unwise because now the people who are already against it will think SE have got more to hide and other controversial plans they don’t want to mention.
That was really disappointing because I quite like the concept of an affordable family restaurant, with function space(s), a cultural program and creative director to implement it and a nice picnic area on the grass in front of the artists’ studios.
A 400 patron venue is not huge but is a tavern appropriate for the A-Class reserve? Not according to the state’s DAP and SAT.
I liked that David Chitty admitted the trial period had shown that what they initially wanted did not work for them and the community, and that could have been the start of positively moving forward together but PLEASE cut the bullshit!
The restaurant is going to serve female friendly meals that are not too blokey? You must be kidding! Are sausages phallic symbols?
Australian BBQ, local fresh produce and seafood, yes please. Generous serves to assist obesity, no thank you!
Fostering a progressive cultural program is paramount to the project. I don’t think so as a pub environment is just not suited for it. Film nights are great, especially outdoors but the northern end of Bathers Beach is very bloody windy, as we found out when we ran the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Market there. Ask the Kelp Bar how they struggle with the Freo Doctor.
I want something special at that end of Bathers Beach but am not sure that bookend pubs are the go, but I do actually like the idea of something like COAST at Port Beach that could well work at BB and I believe David Chitty could pull that off with the right chef and leaving all the bullshit and brewery stuff behind.
What a gorgeous autumn day it is in Freo paradise this Monday!
Sunset Events is holding a public information session today at 5.30 about their new plans for the number one unit at J Shed at Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach.
Sunset Events’ previous plans for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people outdoor music venue on the A-Class reserve were rejected by Fremantle Council, the W.A. Development Assessment panel and the State Administrative Tribunal, so it will be a tough task to get a smaller tavern approved as that use was deemed inappropriate for the reserve by the two state agencies.
The meeting is at the Drill Hall-former Fly by Night club- at Parry Street at 5.30 pm today, Monday March 27.
I hear Sunset Events intends to take up their 25-year lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed from July 1 and build a reduced-capacity tavern for 400 patrons.
It also wants to cater for wedding functions with a large marquee on the grassed area in front of the J Shed art studios.
The concert organisers’ attempt at getting approval for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people live outdoor music venue was rejected last year by Fremantle Council, the WA Planning Committee and the State Administrative Tribunal.
If my memory is correct the state agencies rejected the tavern because it was deemed inappropriate for the A Class Reserve at Bathers Beach, and not because of the number of patrons.
I have no doubt that inner city residents and community and heritage groups will also fight this new proposal, and it will be interesting to see if Fremantle Council will support a smaller tavern in one of WA’s most significant historic areas where the first British settlers set up home.
Fremantle’s WASAMBA drumming group is one of the best remedies for depression or feeling unloved or bored. On Tuesday evenings they practice at Bathers Beach from 6 pm for an hour and a half and entertain the tourists who are waiting for the sun to set over the Indian Ocean.
Combine that with the Sculpture@Bathers show, a cool drink at the lovely pop-up Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse and maybe a fish&chips in the Fishing Boat Harbour and you pretty much got yourself a perfect Tuesday evening in Fremantle.
Unseen, Unheard, Unspoken by Stuart McMillan is the new exhibition at Art in Freo at the Number Four Studio at J Shed on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach
“This exhibition shares the joys and failures of the creative process. I want to share artwork beyond the refined perfection. I feel it’s important to let people in on how much work goes into the process, a look behind the doors of my mind.” the artist says.
The opening of McMillan’s ‘Pop Up’ exhibition is on Friday March 3 from 5.30-8pm.
McMillan has been creating work solidly for over 14 years in many mediums from, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, music and video. Much of his practice is fed by the environment he is immersed in, whether it be urban, rural or nature. McMillan says he likes to sit and ponder all the flux of these spaces and how humans interact within the different environments.
His creative process often involves capturing snippets of visual, audible or photographic information, taking this information, dissecting it, rearranging it, and sometimes even erasing it, to see the dialogue they create with each other.
The Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS exhibition is on at Bathers Beach for the next two weeks, so make sure to go and have a look.
It is the showcase for 85 Western Australian artists, so support our local creatives.
I specifically liked the sensual stone works by Jina Lee and Pascal Proteau, the colourful wind powered work on the groyne by Cameron Robbins and the forrest on the beach by Bruce Abbott.
Antony Muia is very much his own artist and the two pillars of coloured rocks and a pile of rocks inside a fenced-off space is fascinating, as are Muia’s challenging but beautiful paintings and prints he has been creating for years.
Peter Knight’s work is one of his best, and I always love the art Peter Dailey creates.
Also in my top list are the artworks by Ben Jones, Gordon Mitchell, Bjorn Rainer Adamson, Susan Flavell and Greg James.
Everyone will have their own favourites, so head for Bathers Beach!
There are already many interesting sculptures at Bathers Beach where the installation of the 2017 Sculpture@Bathers show is under construction.
The exhibition that showcases 80 WA sculptors will open this weekend and will be on Fremantle’s inner city beach for two weeks.
Bruce Abbott from REPLANTS has planted some trees in the beach sand, so that is something very different
Many of the works will be lit up at night, as is the cliff face at Arthur Head, so a perfect excuse to go and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, see some great local art and eat fish&chips.
Installation of the artworks for the Sculpture@Bathers show on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach started this morning.
Eighty Western Australian sculptors will showcase their art from Saturday for two weeks all around the beach, on the boardwalk and inside Kidogo Arthouse.
My brand new and delightful friend Sian made me aware this morning that the Shimmer artwork by Freo artist Susan Flavell had been installed outside the Esplanade Hotel, so here a photo.
The work was first shown at the 2015 Sculpture @Bathers show and was sold to a mining millionaire who sent it to Queensland where two bronze casts were made of the orginal work.
Now one of these bronzes is traveling around the Perth metro area to promote the S&B 2017 show which starts next Friday at Bathers Beach.