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FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE RE-OPENING!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2020

 

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Here a very welcome message from Jim Cathcart, the director of the Fremantle Arts Centre:

“I am pleased to let you know Fremantle Arts Centre re-opens to the public on Monday 15 June.

In the galleries we are presenting Revealed 2020: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists and Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri in WA: Hunter Dreaming. Both exhibitions will run until Sunday 26 July.

Our shop FOUND and reception also re-open on Monday 15 June, while Canvas Café and FAC’s beautiful grounds are already open. Meanwhile, FOUND online is open for business 24/7 at https://shop.fac.org.au/

In relation to FAC’s courses, we will present a July Kids’ School Holiday Program, with a full Term 3 Adults’ Program to follow. The classes, dates and booking information will be announced as they become available.

From Mon 15 June – Tue 30 June we will be open 10am–4pm, 7 days.

We will, of course, be implementing all the necessary public health protocols and social distancing measures that have become common over the past few months.

I look forward to seeing you soon, back at FAC.”

– Jim Cathcart, Director

To read Jim’s full statement visit https://www.fac.org.au/2020/06/fac-opening-monday-15-june/

LOOPY’S GOOD OLD DAYS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, history, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2020

 

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Although my car is parked in a secure carpark, some idiots still went through it the other night and even left the boot wide open. I then realised I had left my old portfolio with pre-digital photos in there, so went for a bit of nostalgia trip and fondly remember the good old days as a professional photographer.

The series of blue sky photos was for my very first exhibition in the late 1980s at the Delaney Galleries in Beaufort Street in Perth. I also took that show to the Lajos Keresztes Gallery in Nuremberg, Germany. It was disappointing that only two works were sold in Perth, but the German show was a sell out on the night, so that was fantastic.

The other image is of two of a series of posters I shot on East Timor for Shell, as part of their rebuilding project.

I absolutely loved being a professional photographer for almost 50 years and never regretted it. Finding beauty in the ordinary was my motto.

Roel Loopers

 

DIVERSE WINTER SHOWS AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on June 4, 2019

 

 

The Fremantle Arts Centre WINTER EXHIBITIONS will be opened by WA Governor Kim Beazley this Friday June 7 at 6.30pm.

It will be a diverse offering of works by Trevor Richards, James Angus and Dai-Rong Lee, with another exhibtion of paintings and photographs of Fremantle harbour, plus one of  the historic works of pilot painter Captain George Forsyth.

Sounds fascinating, so I’ll definitely be going to the FAC to view the exhibitions.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ITALIAN CLUB HUGE PAINTING SHOW

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on March 15, 2019

 

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There is a massive art exhibition on at the Fremantle Italian Club this weekend. The WA Society of Arts will be showing 200 paintings by 60 artists. All are for sale and ready to hang, so go and check it out!

The Italian Club is at 65 Marine Terrace just south of the Esplanade skate park.

Roel Loopers

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FRIDAY NIGHT ART IN PAKENHAM STREET

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, exhibition, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2019

 

 

Friday night is the going out night, so have a break between pub crawling and head to Fremantle’s Pakenham Street where there are two art exhibitions in two venues just metres apart.

Michael O’Connell is showing his work at the relatively new Whitespace gallery while Guy Vinciguerra is exhibiting his photography at PS Art Space.

And after that visit one of Freo’s lovely bars , taverns or restaurants!

Roel Loopers

 

 

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BITCHES BREW NEW FREO ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

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Long established Fremantle picture framers BITCHES BREW is expanding and have taken over the former space of the Adam Monk landscape photography gallery at 62 High Street.

Adam Monk decided to get out of  shop retail and will continue as an on-line business only. Check out his website https://www.adammonk.com

Bitches Brew will make the large space in front of their framing business available for rent as a gallery space for artists and other interests.

It is a beautiful space with lots of foot traffic passing by, so great to get attention from shoppers, tourists, art buyers and Notre Dame university staff and students.

If you want to book the space call 9430 5292 and talk to the delightful Ruth or Nigel Goodman at Bitches Brew, or just visit the gallery Tuesday to Saturday and have a chat with them.

For all your framing business Bitches Brew will continue as usual, as they have done in Freo for 30 years.

Roel Loopers

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FREO MASTER GEORGE HAYNES SHOWS AT LINTON&KAY

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

 

Artist George Haynes has been a well-known and highly-respected artist in Fremantle for as long as I can remember, and although he now lives in Spearwood we still call him a Freo artist.

Haynes has not exhibited in a commercial gallery for more than ten years, so his show at the Linton&Kay Galleries at 137 St George’s Terrace in Perth will no doubt attract many art lovers, and hopefully a lot of art buyers.

The show is on from August 22 to September 23, but if you are keen you can view the show on the gallery’s website and buy a work before the show is sold out.

There are abstracts and landscapes, so make sure to check it out!

“I was tempted to call this exhibition ‘Pictures of Paintings’; such a simple title. Because what I find I am doing is painting a picture of a painting seen, as it were, on a wall, and illuminated by an invented light, be it a beam, ray, or shaft, or glow. Some window-scapes, some abstract paintings, some landscape paintings. But as the last painting in the show is dependent on the first, I will call it Two Years of Painting and leave it at that. I can only hope you enjoy the work as I enjoyed painting it.” George Haynes.

Roel Loopers

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FREO FUTURE ART AND CULTURE NOT SET IN STONE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, western australia by freoview on May 3, 2016

The FREMANTLE NETWORK presented City of Fremantle Manager Arts and Culture Pete Stone at the National Hotel on Tuesday evening. It was very good to see so many people turn up to listen to Pete and it was a quite inspiring event full of hope, passion and assertiveness.

It was great to hear Pete Stone say that he believes it is his duty to challenge the status quo and work toward higher quality events, even those that are not officially organised by the City. The focus pursuit has to be on quality art and creating Fremantle as an arts hub that gets national and international recognition.

Attention needs to be paid to community programs and improve them and also highly curated events by the City of Fremantle. To do that it is essential to know who the audience is one creates events for. Quality programming leads to community engagement, and don’t underestimate the audience!

It is important to be accepting of new ideas as the recent REVEALED Aboriginal event at the Fremantle Arts Centre showed. It attracted thousands of people. This was a momentum created through change.

Fremantle hosts around 300 events each year but Pete Stone said it is important to accommodate as many as possible, while having the courage to say no to those events that seem not appropriate for Fremantle. The City needs to work with events organisers to help them reach their potential.

The Street Arts Festival is Freo’s international calling card and attracts 100,00 visitors over the Easter long weekend, but Stone’s dream is to get three times more visitors, 300,000! and close off the entire CBD for a huge festival.

Public Art is very important for Fremantle and the budget is $ 140,000. A major work will soon be installed on the corner of East Street and Canning Highway. Fremantle Council is very supportive of culture and arts and “There is a lean but muscular budget”  Stone said. The City’s art collection has 1,300 pieces that could do with a gallery space.

Fremantle has unlimited potential with all the arts organisations in our city and working together is encouraged.

Stone did not mention that the present building boom will see many thousands of dollars spent on new public art as part of the percentage for the arts scheme the city has, so that will substantially add to the $ 140,000 the City has in its budget to acquire artworks.

Disappointing for me to hear that Pete Stone did not have any concrete ideas on how to activate the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur Head and make it more attractive to international visitors.

I was very impressed with Stone’s very positive outlook for the future of Fremantle’s arts and culture and the fact that he appears willing to change the status quo and not just continue along the trodden path.

The Fremantle Network events are getting better and better and it is fantastic that they now happen every first Tuesday of the month. Well done Em Bagg and Rachel Pemberton for organising it!

Roel Loopers

 

 

 

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A VERY HOT AND PRETTY COOL FREMANTLE WEEKEND

Posted in festivals, fremantle by freoview on March 12, 2016

There is absolutely no reason to be bored in Fremantle this week as there is plenty on to just watch or join in. And if that is all too much and you don’t like crowds, why not have a look at some exhibitions in town. Anya Brock at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street, Aboriginal art at Japingka Gallery in High Street, stunning underwater photography at the Glen Cowans Gallery at the Roundhouse and great landscapes at the Adam Monk photo gallery in High Street, and have a look at the exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre as well.

On Saturday the all weekend CHILLI FESTIVAL starts on the Esplanade, and there is also the BIKE MUSIC FEST UNCHAINED at Princess May Park next to Clancys from 1 pm. Another bike event is that night at South Beach where LIGHT ME UP BIKES will visit the international food market from 6.30 pm.

The traditional yearly BROOME TO BICTON free concert with the Pigram Brothers is on in Quarantine Park near the Bicton Bath from 5.30 pm on Saturday as well.

On Sunday the gorgeous GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET is on from 8 am till midday, the SUNDAY BBQ session at J Shed is on from midday till 9 pm, the free courtyard Sunday concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre is from 2-4 pm with the VILLAGE VIBES, and at STRANGE COMPANY free music is on from 4-6 pm, while at Clancys they’ll start the March CRUCIAL ROCKERS free concerts from 7 pm. And the Zydecats are at the Workers Club at Fremantle Oval from 6-9 pm.

Roel Loopers

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CLASH OF EVENTS IN FREMANTLE TONIGHT

Posted in events, fremantle by freoview on February 23, 2016

It is a real shame there is no data base where events organisers can check if an event they are planning would be clashing with other events in Fremantle.

Today there are four events around six o’clock that I would have liked to go to, but now I am going to have to miss out on at least two of them.

The Fremantle Network is Doing Housing Differently at the National Hotel from 5.30, Fremantle Prison has a workshop at 6pm about future events there, and Notre Dame University has a speaker from Caritas in Malawi.

And to top it off there is a lovely community event at Leighton Beach with the Full Moon Drum and Dance from 6 pm.

Whatever your preferences, go and participate and help make a positive difference to our community!

Roel Loopers

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