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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF DISAPPEARING ARTS MANAGERS AT FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2019

 

What on earth is going on at the City of Fremantle’s Cultural Development Department? I just heard that the Manager Culture and the Arts Destry Puiashame has suddenly left after only six months in the job.

Piuashame came with high credentials from Melbourne and took over from Pete Stone, whose departure was also quite unexpected, and Festival Co-ordinator Alex Marshall also left. The Freo grapevine tells me other staff are also due to leave.

The Fremantle Festival, which will be for the first time during winter this year, is just five months away, the Fremantle Heritage Festival is in May/June and the Hidden Treasures winter music festival is in July, so who is stepping up at the City to organise all those events on short notice, and what are the issues that cause the departure of good staff members?

I hope City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn will be able to shed some light on this rather curious situation, especially since the CDD was also in charge of the yellow art debacle in High Street.

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THE FREO YEAR WE HAD IN PHOTOS

 

 

 

There is not much happening in Fremantle during the Christmas and New Year period, with politics on hold, so I decided to review the year through photos I published on Freo’s View in 2018. Enjoy!

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and also as a slide show:

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MONTAIGNE STARS AT ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE

 

One Day

 

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Montaigne will be the headline act at the One Day in Fremantle event on January 27, held on the Esplanade from 2-7.30pm.

The 23-year-old won an ARIA award in 2016 for best breakthrough artist following the success of her debut album Glorious Heights, which featured the singles ‘Because I Love You’ and ‘In the Dark’.

The Triple J favourite also featured on the Hilltop Hoods hit ‘1955’.

She recently released a new single ‘For Your Love’ and will be returning to Fremantle in April next year as part of a national tour.

Montaigne will be joined on stage by up-and-coming South Australian soul singer Adrian Eagle, fresh off his European tour supporting the Hilltop Hoods earlier this year.

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

The One Day event will start at 8am on Bathers Beach with a Whadjuk Noongar smoking ceremony, followed by Aborignal cultural activities at Kidogo Arthouse all morning.

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ENJOY THE MARKETS, MUSIC AND CAROLS IN FREMANTLE TODAY

 

CAROLS Dec 16

 

It does not look like rain at all this beautiful Sunday morning in Fremantle so get out and enjoy it!

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road till 12 midday for great fresh produce and yummy breakfasts and coffee.

Make sure to have a look at the Glen Cowans photography stall where my friend Louise sells amazing jewelry at very affordable prices!

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At the Fremantle Arts Centre free courtyard music session today Thando will perform her soulful R&B from 2-4pm.

From 5-8.30 on the Carols by Candlelight are on at Fremantle Oval with Libby Hammer and the Arcadian Voices, and food stalls for the hungry.

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PIECEMEAL MANAGEMENT OF HISTORIC ARTHUR’S HEAD

 

I am surprised to see this message from the City of Fremantle on Facebook

We’re seeking applications from groups, organisations or individuals for the use of Unit 1 J Shed in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct! You can register your expression of interest for the studio space by next Wednesday here: https://bit.ly/2QrndhQ

And when going to the link it includes:

We’re seeking applications from groups, organisations or individuals for the use of Unit 1 J Shed.

Unit 1 J Shed is located within the Bathers Beach Art Precinct (BBAP) and is ideal as an individual or shared studio space. 

BBAP is a dynamic, innovative and authentic art and culture area and applicants will need to showcase how their proposal will benefit the area.

Applications close Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Current artists have been told that Fremantle Council will address the art precinct and J Shed during their February 2019 meeting, and I assumed that after the Sunset Events tavern debacle Council would consider different options for Arthur’s Head and a Masterplan for the historic precinct.

This is just more piecemeal management of the important tourist district that really deserves a whole lot more attention from Fremantle Council. This is very disappointing!

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! I have just been made aware that the EOI is only for the period of January 7 to March 7, so that is reassuring.

 

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WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF ARTHUR’S HEAD?

 

I hear that J Shed artists have been told by the City of Fremantle that license/lease negotiations will be on hold until Fremantle Council has debated the future of the shed, and presumably the entire Bathers Beach Art Precinct, at their monthly meeting in February next year.

While this has created some uncertainty and stress for the artists, whose future at J Shed is not secure again, it is not necessarily a bad thing that Council wants to revisit plans for Arthur’s Head, as the Bathers Beach Art Precinct in its present form is flawed and not working as well as it could.

I would like to see a real Masterplan with long-term goals for the historic precinct and the City spending money on infrastructure such as public toilets at beach level, an outdoor deck at Unit 1, and making the area into an attraction instead of an afterthought.

It is clear from the Sunset Events fiasco that ‘applicant driven’ ideas can grow out of proportion, as was also the case with talking about a large burger restaurant for the small Esplanade hub. Council struggles to contain these ideas so that they are actually what the elected members wanted to achieve and don’t get kidnapped by commercial profit thinking.

Arthur’s Head is an amazing precinct with huge potential to make it into a real tourist attraction for visitors and the Fremantle community, but that requires financial commitment and creativity from Council and not just filling up vacant spaces ad hoc.

It is time to get back to the drawing board, conduct some intense community consultation, make the Roundhouse a much bigger drawcard with proper marketing and evening events, light up the Pilot Cottages at night and create better connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour.

The historic significance of Arthur’s Head needs to be the main consideration, but that does not mean a good arts and culture component can’t be part of the future there. A stunning sculpture park on the A Class Reserve in front of J Shed could be amazing.

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FRANKENSTONE IN THE FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE!

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, entertainment, heritage, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on November 19, 2018

 

Frankenstone

 

Great to see a half-page article on page three of the West Australian today about the FRANKENSTONE event in the Fremantle ROUNDHOUSE gaol on November 30 and December 1.

The creative people of Genrefonix found a link between Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, and Roundhouse architect Henry Reveley.

The Frankenstone event will have experimental filmmaking techniques and sound engineering, live performances and rock music to show the connection between Mary Shelley and the Roundhouse.

Comment: It is fantastic that the Roundhouse is being used for all kinds of events after hours, as it has the potential to become a great community space. On Friday we had over 100 people in WA’s oldest public building for the Protect Ningaloo fundraiser and it was such a brilliant evening.

Currently the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, who manage the Roundhouse, are in the process of creating all new historic interpretive displays, to make them more professional and modern.

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FREO FOLK FESTIVAL TIMELINE

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, entertainment, festivals, music, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018

 

FREO FOLK FEST timeline

 

In just over two weeks from today, on December 1, the FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL will be on in Princess May Park next to Clancy’s Fish Pub, who are organising it.

Above is the timeline for all the performers, so check it out and book your tickets as soon as you can so that you don’t mis out!

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE READY FOR MORE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2018

 

The FREMANTLE BIENNALE, which was held for the first time in November last year, will be on again around the same time next year in 2019.

The Hightide theme was fantastic and we saw so many great creative public artworks, so I am looking forward to the next one.

The new advisory committee of the Fremantle Biennale was announced yesterday, so here it is:

Ted Snell – Chief Cultural Officer at the University of Western Australia

Margaret Moore – Founder and Director of Moore Contemporary

Clothilde Bullen – Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Leigh Robb – Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Peter Woodward – Director of Landscape Architecture practice Woodward Design

Ian Kortlang – Managing Director of Strategy and Public Affairs FTI Consulting, Sydney

Ariane Palassis – Heritage Architect and Independent Artist

Tristen Parr – Program Manager Tura New Music and Independent Artist

Jonathan Harris – Director Harris–Jenkins Architects

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Tom Mùller – Co-founder & Artistic Director

Katherine Wilkinson – Program Director

Ned Beckley – Contemporary Music Curator

Claire Montgomery – External Relations

Dawit Eshete – Communications

Read more about our people: http://www.fremantlebiennale.com.au/people/

The Fremantle Festival will move next year to become a inter festival in July, so that will be an interesting change.

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WALYALUP APOLOGIES NECESSARY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2018

 

When I received information that allegedly two major Aboriginal organisations are investigating the cultural inappropriate use of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur’s Head I of course wanted to report about it, which I did last week. Even more so when my mate Greg Nannup claims there might be a personal vendetta against the Nannups at the WACC.

But all is not what it appeared to be and the City of Fremantle has put me on the straight and narrow about this.

First of all CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore was not involved in the decision to allow Scott Chisholm to conduct Aboriginal cultural tours out of WACC, so my sincere apology to Brendan Moore for mentioning him in my blog post.

Second, and very important, is that Noongar elders endorsed that Scott Chisholm could conduct his tours out of WACC, so Scott Chisholm deserves an apology from me as well, which I offer him here.

I took the word of a mate when I should have double-checked, so that was unprofessional of me and unacceptable! I accept all the blame for that.

Family feuding is a nightmare in the Noongar community and something a Wadjela like I will probably never understand, because for me all Aboriginal people are good people whom I respect and like.

And to provide even more clarity this below from the City of Fremantle:

Scott Chisholm has been endorsed by the local Elders Committee to share his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour in Fremantle. Noel Nannup was part of the eldership group meeting where permission was given for Scott to operate his activities from the WACC. Scott Chisholm’s tours do not attempt to tell Noongar stories but to share his own connections with Fremantle and his country.

 The WACC promotes programs offered through the facility. Scott Chisolm is not currently employed to operate from the WACC. He was booked as a facilitator to provide his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour as part of the WACC program of activities during Naidoc Week (he also runs his own private business). The City has also approached Greg Nannup to do tours and work with WACC but he decided at that time not to be involved. We have recently supported/offered Indigenous WA tours with work from 25 tourists and as guides on the wildflower walk at Samson park during September 2018.

 The City of Fremantle supports many families in the Aboriginal community, with particular support for the local Noongar people. The Nannups are valued members of the community.

Accusing Brendan Moore of providing improper advice – particularly in such a sensitive area – and naming him without fact-checking the circumstances was surprising and disappointing. For the record, Brendan has not worked on programming at the WACC since early 2017 and has had no involvement in programming decisions involving Scott Chisholm. As stated earlier, the permission for Scott to offer his programs was provided by the local Elders Committee.

I hope this clears it up, as it is very important to me to publish a balanced and fair blog. Kaya!

And to make it absolutely clear. I have been advocating for an Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle for many years. I don’t believe the WACC is very successful though, partly due because of it’s location, so I hope the City of Fremantle will establish an Aboriginal community centre maybe in Hilton, plus a city central separate one as an Aboriginal cultural centre for tourism, which will offer Noongar art and craft for sale, story telling, history, music, dancing, etc.

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