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KNUTSFORD URBAN DESIGN STRATEGY ON AGENDA

 

The Knutsford Urban Design Strategy, which is on the agenda of the  Strategic Planning and Transport Committee of Fremantle Council on Wednesday, will no doubt attract a lot of input from the arts community in the semi industrial area that is earmarked for development.

The officers mention that walkability is an essential element of the plans, as well as respecting the original landscape, planting many more trees, flexibility when designing open spaces, disorganised parking on verges which affects cyclists and pedestrians, and connecting a path network in the precinct.

Community centres in the area, such as the Fibonacci Centre, are unique and need to have breathing space around them to be able to continue and that will be one of the many challenges for the development plans of the precinct.

Roel Loopers

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THE MAGNIFICENT UNDER WATER WORLD ON SHOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, nature, oceans, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on February 22, 2018

 

Feb 25 Underwater Film Fest

 

The Fremantle UNDERWATER FILM FESTIVAL is on this Sunday February 25 from 6-9 pm at the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street, so all you snorklers and divers get out there and see some great short movies.

We in Freo are lucky that we can see outstanding underwater photography and video permanently on display at the Glen Cowans Gallery next to the Roundhouse, so if you can’t make it to The Fib on Sunday wander over to the Roundhouse where Glen’s gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 4 pm. You won’t be disappointed!

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ALL ABOUT ART IN FREO

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

The Fremantle Network event about art in Fremantle at the National Hotel was yet again a very informative community session. Tom Mueller of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street and Robby Lang of the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street spoke about their art hubs.

Mueller said it was special to operate out of a federation style brick and iron heritage building, built in 1907. To financially support their arts program PSAS had to diversify through private functions such as weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, etc. This allowed them to plan their art exhibitions two years ahead.

Small art businesses needed to be adaptive and PSAS tried to make their shows all about giving people a voice, and an honest and emotional response to art, Mueller said.

It is all about the conservation with the community and being open to change, and about creating something in the big warehouse space of the building.

There are 36 studios upstairs with practising artists, but also an architect, and there is the Studio 37 cafe on the ground floor as well.

PSAS had host the Fashion Collective and Hidden Treasures music festival.

Robby Lang of The Fib said that creative people don’t like to work for someone else, and that’s why he started the arts incubator 15 years ago in a run-down warehouse in an industrial area.

People are looking for a different way to exist and keep out of the rat race, and artists look at the cracks in society.

The Fib has art studios, but also a central space for exhibitions and functions, and a cafe.

Lang said it was all about giving people the opportunity to do their own things, and it was not purely about art. It is an environment where people can hang out, express themselves, and feel safe.

You have to be massively flexible and open to what people want to do within the space of the Fib. Micro management only limits your own imagination.

The industrial area he started The Fib in 15 years ago has now changed and there are a lot of creative businesses in the surrounding streets. It probably needs its own branding as an arts precinct, Robby Lang said.

Fremantle is brave enough to take chances and make changes and that is good, as nobody looks back in history where people played it safe. Fremantle has the opportunity to embrace things that are a bit scary and new.

The Fib has been a fantastic journey but a financial disaster, he laughed.

The next project is a movable creative container space for makers and sellers, but council regulations often made it difficult to get innovative things off the ground.

During the public discussion Tom Mueller said that the age of entitlement for artists is over and that relying on public funding was not on anymore. Artists can’t rest on their laurels.

J Shed sculptor Greg James said that an art space is primarily where people create art, and it is not a tourist destination, but the license he has with the City of Fremantle requires him to be open to the public 20 hours a week and that interrupted the work flow and productivity.

I agree that Fremantle Council needs to revisit the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and be clear about what it wants to achieve. An arts hub of makers is not going to greatly activate the area, and if the City wants to create a Freo Montmartre it needs to come up with more innovative ideas for the area.

Robby Lang said it was important for artists to take chances and that an alternative culture needs to happen in Fremantle.

It was a really interesting couple of hours with two very good and likeable speakers!

Roel Loopers

ART IMPORTANT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

Just a reminder!

The FREMANTLE NETWORK monthly event today, Monday will focus on what art means for Fremantle, so come along if you are an artist, curator, gallery owner, or someone interested in culture and arts.

Art is at the heart of Freo’s identity. The next event will feature the operators of two of Fremantle’s iconic and highly successful independent arts businesses.

Tom Muller, Artistic Director and Artist at PS Art Space

PS Art Space is a project space for the experience of contemporary art which presents a curated program of exhibitions and events by Australian and international artists. It is also houses a number of local artists’ studios within a sensitively restored, heritage listed building in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End precinct. PSAS has become one of Perth’s most exciting and experimental platform to experience contemporary culture.

Robby Lang, Owner and Operator of the Fibonacci Centre

The Fibonacci Centre aims to make a city into a beautiful resonating magnet by nurturing the Dreamers and Makers and providing an incubation chamber for creative ideas. The Fib has become a thriving community of artists and makers creating and working together. The atmosphere in this purpose built creative studio space is inclusive and welcoming, and has become a vibrant community hub, hosting events, exhibitions classes and a cafe.

It’s on  at 6pm Monday 21 August upstairs at the National Hotel.

 

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WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO FREMANTLE?

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2017

 

The FREMANTLE NETWORK monthly event this Monday will focus on what art means for Fremantle, so come along if you are an artist, curator, gallery owner, or someone interested in culture and arts.

Art is at the heart of Freo’s identity. The next event will feature the operators of two of Fremantle’s iconic and highly successful independent arts businesses.

Tom Muller, Artistic Director and Artist at PS Art Space

PS Art Space is a project space for the experience of contemporary art which presents a curated program of exhibitions and events by Australian and international artists. It is also houses a number of local artists’ studios within a sensitively restored, heritage listed building in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End precinct. PSAS has become one of Perth’s most exciting and experimental platform to experience contemporary culture.

Robby Lang, Owner and Operator of the Fibonacci Centre

The Fibonacci Centre aims to make a city into a beautiful resonating magnet by nurturing the Dreamers and Makers and providing an incubation chamber for creative ideas. The Fib has become a thriving community of artists and makers creating and working together. The atmosphere in this purpose built creative studio space is inclusive and welcoming, and has become a vibrant community hub, hosting events, exhibitions classes and a cafe.

It’s on  at 6pm Monday 21 August upstairs at the National Hotel.

Malicious rumours that my mate Robby Lang’s talk will be subtitled in English are just soooo wrong. ; >)

See you at the NAT on Monday. It should be interesting!

Roel Loopers

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GET A FREO MARKETS HUG ON SUNDAY

Posted in community, food, fremantle, markets, western australia by freoview on June 24, 2016

Whenever I visit the Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market on Sundays I feel like receiving a mass hug from the Freo community. It is such a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and a great place to catch up with friends while shopping for fresh food, organic fruit and vegies, great breads and pastries and other yummy things.

The many food stalls offer fantastic breakfast and coffee and there is always live music. Kids and dogs love it, so come along. It is on from 8 am till noon.

From noon on the very cute Flea Market at the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street is on till 4 pm. It is such a warm, cosy and friendly environment and the cute Blinco Street Cafe run by the delightful Stephanie serves great coffee and food.

Buy art, clothes, stuff, listen to live music, meet new people, check out the newish Spanda Yoga School and chill.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MAYOR STAYS OUT OF J SHED SUNSET DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, j shed, local government, western australia by freoview on June 15, 2016

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will next week at the full council meeting declare a conflict of interest for the debate on the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern and live outdoor music venue at J Shed at Bathers Beach. The Mayor will declare the conflict because his long-term partner is an employee of CODA, the architects assigned by Sunset Events to design the tavern.

While this is the correct procedure one has to wonder why that conflict of interest did not exist last year when the temporary approval for live concerts was given, when the Mayor already was in a relationship with the CODA staffer.

Cynics might see this as a convenient way out for the Mayor who now won’t have to take part in the debate and won’t have to vote, so whatever the outcome no one can blame him.

Thinking about J Shed I feel this is a lost opportunity to create something special at historic Arthur Head. J Shed could have been a community and arts hub like the lovely Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street that has artists and yoga studios, a small exhibition and performance space, a cute cafe and a nice deck to sit on. The Fib has small concerts, poetry readings, exhibitions, functions, a monthly flea market, etc. and is such a relaxing venue. Imagine something like that at Bathers Beach, a small deck for alfresco enjoyment of the Indian Ocean and sunset, a space suitable for weddings and wedding function, for art exhibitions and collaborations with the artists at J Shed.

Then imagine the City, with a grant from Lotterywest, uncovering the remnants of the old Whaling Station and creating another historic tourist attraction in the area. Increase the connectivity between the Fishing Boat Harbour and the Maritime Museum by extending the board walk and one has a jewel that will attract people from all over the world and many locals.

Fremantle does not need another entertainment precinct. We already got that well covered in the CBD and we know the often negative impact that has on the community. Check out the FARE (Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) website or their DRINKTANK blog to see what impact drinking has on the community and our national health system, and it might be time for the City of Fremantle to consider their own alcohol policy.

Roel Loopers

FOLK AND ROOTS AT THE FREO FIB

Posted in fibonacci centre, fremantle, music, western australia by freoview on June 10, 2016

Folk and Root June 12

The Fremantle FIBONACCI CENTRE is holding a Folk and Roots night this Sunday June 12 from 6 pm. Entry is only $ 10.00 and food will be available from the Blinco Street Cafe.

Enjoy the music of Steve Tallis, Fiona Heath, John McNair and Keith Anthonisz!

The Fib is a very cosy, eclectic and artistic venue, so finish the weekend there.

Roel Loopers

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FREE MEDITATION AT SPANDA SCHOOL AT THE FIB.

Posted in fremantle, health, mental health, western australia by freoview on June 8, 2016

The SPANDA SCHOOL at the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street is offering Free Meditation Sessions on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8am || Wednesday at 9am || Tuesday at 630pm

These sessions average around 50 minutes and can include, breath, poetry, awareness exercises or non-dual inspiration to gentle guide practitioners into a 30-50 minute meditation practice.

Recommended for people who have practiced before as an ability in order to physically sit in meditation for that length of time (adjustments are absolutely allowed). This sessions are held by Ava, Michael or Lani.

In just 4 months Spanda have seen their workshops, retreats and events sell out, and tripled their offerings.

They are now holding art therapy and mindfulness workshops, mindfulness courses, meditation, 5 styles of yoga, special ceremonies and much more.

Check out the Spanda School website for more information or just pop in and say hello and enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea and a meal at the Blinco Street Cafe in the building.

Roel Loopers

STAY DRY AND WARM AT THE FIB FLEA MARKET

Posted in fibonacci centre, fremantle, markets, western australia by freoview on May 22, 2016

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There is more rain on the way this Sunday so if you want to connect with the community while staying dry and under cover, head to the FLEA MARKET at the Fibonacci Centre from 11.30 today.

The cosy Blinco Street Cafe will offer hot drinks and food to keep body and soul warm and the community ambience of it all will also warm the heart.

Before that though do all your fresh fruit and vegie shopping at the Growers Green. Open from 8 am till midday.

See you there!

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