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COLOURFUL J SHED RE-OPENS

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Colourful J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is open to the public again, sculptor Greg James told me this morning.

The upstairs gallery at Greg James is open, as is the gallery at Jenny Dawson and Peter Zuvela.

At the James gallery one can find the art of Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett, Greg James and others, so pop in for a browse and a chat. If you are lucky there might be a bronze pour going on.

Next door stone sculptor Jina Lee is also always busy, so go say G’day to her as well.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE POST PANDEMIC PREPARATIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2020

 

Fremantle Council will be establishing internal working groups to prepare for post coronavirus pandemic times.

The purpose of this report is to present for Council’s consideration the Terms of Reference for three working groups that will address approaches to a post COVID-19 recovery and the 2020/21 budget process via three streams including the economy, community and infrastructure.

The initial task of the working groups will be identifying solutions through engagement with stakeholders to develop possible solutions to current challenges that may arise within the changing environment as we all move to recovery mode in managing COVID-19. This process will develop a dialogue and shared understanding towards a bigger picture with relevant stakeholders that forms options which can feed into the budget revisions for consideration by council during the next financial year.

The economic recovery working group will facilitate the delivery of four external industry engagement workshops. Whilst local industry will remain a focus, experts from outside of the Fremantle community may also be invited in order to offer any broader perspectives.

The workshops will broadly include the groups below:

Retail, hospitality and tourism

Property development and management

Technical, professional and industrial services

Arts and Culture

Recognising our community is a source of knowledge and expertise and this can be harnessed to help find solutions to local issues and complex city challenges.

It is intended that the City will hold a maximum of 2 workshops with a cross section of the following key stakeholders, depending on the content of each workshop.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

CALD community

Community groups

Family and domestic violence

Homeless and welfare

Mental health

Seniors and people with disabilities

Sporting and recreation clubs

Young people

These working groups are considered to be the first step in designing a sound process for broad community engagement in recovery planning and future re-visioning and re-shaping future strategy and service delivery.

Roel Loopers

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ARTS CENTRE ABORIGINAL ART MARKET ON LINE

 

Like so many events and exhibitions the REVEALED Aboriginal art market at the Fremantle Arts Centre also had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 crisis, but people can still view and but the works from artists from remore communities on line

Western Australia’s largest Aboriginal art market will continue to offer remote and regional artists the opportunity to earn much needed income by going online.

Revealed 2020 was due to be held in the gardens at Fremantle Arts Centre today. It is a big annual event that provides a very important source of income for the artists and the regional and remote communities they support.

Last year more than $500,000 in market sales went directly to artists and art centres across the state.

FAC have put together a list of artworks available to order from WA’s 25 Aboriginal art centres and a number of independent Aboriginal artists who were set to exhibit.

They are also compiling a catalogue of the works that would have been in this year’s exhibition and details about how to purchase works will be released shortly.

“An online order will help provide some financial support to these artists who have sadly been impacted by the event’s cancellation.”

To purchase artworks from Revealed artists online visit the Support WA’s Aboriginal Artists page on the Fremantle Arts Centre website.

To take a virtual tour of last year’s Revealed Exhibition click here.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL CANCELLED!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, festivals, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2020

 

 

My favourite Freo festival over the Easter long weekend has now also been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. These are sad and worrying times, so stay safe everyone and look after yourself and each other!

The City of Fremantle has today made the decision to cancel the 2020 Fremantle International Street Arts Festival amid growing public health concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 The decision has been made following advice from the Federal Government and leading health experts to cancel mass gatherings to try and contain the virus.

City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City’s priority is to protect the health and safety of artists, audiences, contractors and the community.

“We need to put the safety of our community first, so this year’s Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will not go ahead. This is following advice from the Federal Government to avoid mass gatherings at this time.

“We rely on an incredible team of artists, staff and sponsors who bring the Festival to life each year and we’ll be working with them to ensure they are supported. Where possible, artists will be invited to take part in the 2021 event,” said City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will return with all of its colour and energy over the Easter long weekend in April 2021.

Roel Loopers

 

COTTESLOE SCULPTURE BY THE SEA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, cottesloe, sculpture, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2020

 

 

I went to Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe yesterday and it was still a work in progress with installation of artworks going on.

I visit Sculpture by the Sea always on the Thursday before it opens, but this year I was not all that impressed with the art, unlike previous years.

Go and have a look for yourself and make a $ 5 donation to do so, to support the event so that it can remain viable and in Cottesloe.

Roel Loopers

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ANOTHER LOOK AT THE BATHERS BEACH SCULPTURES

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, sculpture@bathers, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2020

 

 

A few more photos from the SCULPTURE at BATHERS show at Freo’s Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers

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SCULPTURE SHOW AT FREMANTLE’S BATHERS BEACH OPENS

 

 

Some impressions of the ‘artists opening’ of Sculpture at Bathers  on Friday evening and the nice community feeling at Fremantle’s lovely inner city beach.

It is so good to see the beach used more often and see people swimming and sun baking and coming to watch the sunset.

It was a shame that the lights installed to creatively light up the dune path were not working and will only be operational from Monday on.

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S KINGS SQUARE TO BECOME MIDGEGOOROO PLACE

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday debate the proposal to include Aboriginal names at the  Kings Square Redevelopment Project, and I have no doubt that this will become very controversial in the community.

The new Civic Centre will be named Walyalup Centre, which is the Whadjuk Noongar name for the Fremantle area, so proper acknowledgment of our Aboriginal culture and history.

Kings Square, that was once also called St John’s Square, would be renamed Midgegooroo Place. Midgegooroo was the father of Yagan and a very important elder.

The proposals are in line with the fact that the Department of Communities, which will occupy the top levels of the FOMO buildings, is also considering giving Whadjuk Noongar names to their North and South Campus.

There have long been talks, and complaints, that we do not name significant places in Western Australia with the Aboriginal names for them, and this would be a very good step forward I believe to make a real start with the renewal of Kings Square.

I do not agree however with naming the Civic Centre just the Walyalup Centre and would not agree to call it Fremantle Centre either, since that is not specific enough what the centre’s function is. It should be the Walyalup Civic Centre, or Walyalup Council House or Walyalup Council Centre, so that it is clear what the building is there for.

Roel Loopers

LIGHTING UP THE SCULPTURE BEACH

 

 

 

Fremantle’s SCULPTURE AT BATHERS starts this evening with the official opening at Bathers Beach. There are some stunning works and I recommend people go and see it twice, at least once around sunset. There is plenty for children to like about the show as well, so make it a family trip!

The coastal path from Kidogo Arthouse to the Whalers Tunnel will all be lit up and so will be sections of the beach, but the $ 25,000 the City of Fremantle is reportedly spending on it might have been better spent on a light tower at the northern end of the beach near J Shed and light up the entire beach, because there are a lot of fences at Arthur’s Head to protect passers by from rockfall.

There is a rather quirky story with police involvement, etc. about someone trying to do creative lighting during the sculpture festival, but those involved are really nice people, so I won’t go there to protect their identity. It is very Freo and funny though, so you’ll all have to wait till I write my book in 2050. ; >)

I suggested to CoF a few months ago to spend money on creative hoardings on the fences and get rid of the ugliness while informing visitors about the history of the precinct, but that has not eventuated unfortunately.

I hope someone at the City had the foresight to instruct Wilson Security to keep the Whalers Tunnel open longer than 7pm during the great sculpture show.

UPDATE: I have just been informed by the SaB that the tunnel will remain open till 10pm during the exhibition. Great news!

Roel Loopers

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GREAT ART AT FREO BATHERS BEACH

 

 

More photos of the good SCULPTURE AT BATHERS at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach, which showcases Western Australian artists.

It officially opens tomorrow night, but if you can’t wait, go for a stroll or swim and check it out.

Roel Loopers

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