Work is progressing well on the new office building of the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC in Cliff Street, Fremantle.
North Fremantle architects Murray Slavin designed the new building that will be connected to the old building on the corner and become accommodation for hundreds of MSC staff. It is due for completion later this year around September.
Wild Twig Studios and Bathers Beach Art Precinct are organising the Fremantle Captain’s Lane Summer Fest this Saturday February 28 from 5-9 pm.
Live bands, live artists, open studios and galleries, art stalls and a great heritage vibe.
Music by BiZ Project, Junkadelic, Latin Dance Co and Ms Mary & Co. Bring along your picnic and rugs and enjoy a summer night of fun and delight.
Event address: 10 Captains Lane, next to the Round House at Arthur Head.
The Wyola Club in Fremantle’s historic High Street in the west end of town has finally given its street frontage a facelift and two shop spaces have been developed. One of them is going to be the ARTISAN STORE and the operator is looking for artisans and artists who want to display their works there, so contact Rowena on 0435 398148.
Already in the gallery stable are Amanda Harris, Andrea Isaac, Annemieke Mulders, Belinda Kay, Brenda Warner, Bronwyn Elliott, Felicity Peters, Hannah Katarski, Ilkay Dere, Jo Barrie, Kate Brown, Keith Terry, Koi Girl, Kylie Marie Watt, Lin Reading, Lisa Branco, Myra Staffa, Paul Welch, Rachel Doller, Rachel Verheggen, Rheana Bijl, Sarah Wherry, Scruff and Cockrobin, Shana James, Silvana Ferrario, Steven Makse, Ted Ellyard, Brad Mettam, Lynne Mettam, Rachel Prideaux, Tamara Dixon, and Fluid Ink.
Check out the website for more information: http://www.theartisanstore.com.au
SCULPTURE@BATHERS will be on in Fremantle again this year from March 14 and what a showcase of artistic 3 D creative genius it will be, with a great line up of Western Australian artists.
S@B is to Sculptures by the Beach what the Fremantle Cracker Night is to the Perth Australia Day fireworks. The Freo show is based on exciting established and emerging new local talent only and is a portfolio of some of the best Western Australia’s sculptors and installation artists. It is held at Bathers Beach around Kidogo Arthouse and will spread over historic Arthur Head.
Artists include: Kathy Allam, Jenny Anderson, Odd Anderson, Claire Bailey, Sebastian Befumo, Merrick Belyea, Vaughn Bisschops, Tim Burns, Ryan Cant, Mikaela Castledine, Joshua Cobb-Diamond, Jennifer Cochrane, Nic Compton, Peter Dailey, Thomas de Munk-Kerkmeer, Jon Denaro, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, Kevin Draper, Lisa Dymond, Sharyn Egan, Stuart Elliott & Sue Starcken, Marcia Espinosa, Sue Flavell, Richard Fry, Marion Giles, Miik Green, John Grono, Mandy Harwood, Thomas Heidt, Daniel Iley, Rhett Jones, Tony Jones, Paul Kaptein, Peter Knight, Theo Koning, Pam Langdon, Jina Lee, Melanie Maclou, Akio Makigawa, Carlier Makigawa, Jason Maxlow, Janine McAullay-Bott, Angela McHarrie, Sandy McKendrick, Belinda Mettam, Nicole Mickle, Gordon Mitchell, Antony Muia, Anne Neil, Michael O’Doherty, Geoff Overheu, Tony Pankiw & Sue Coode, Johannes Pannekoek, Sigrid Ranze, Maris Raudzins, Trevor Richards, Jean-Marc Rivalland, Alessandra Rossi, Britt Salt, Helen Seiver, Russell Sheridan, Holly Story, Oliver Stretton-Pow, John Tarry, Tracks Taylor, Steve Tepper, Carmel Warner, Liezl Watermeyer-Collins, Sarah Wilkinson, Natalie Williamson, Rima Zabeneh.
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It’s finally happening! Contractors have started work on the renovations of the Fremantle Married Quarters cottages at Cantonment Hill. Four new residencies will also be built on the site that had been neglected for far too many years by the Department of Defence.
The cottages will be reinstated as living quarters for Defence personnel so that will help reactivate the area and minimise vandalism there. The gateway to Freo has been an eyesore for as long as I can remember, so it is not before time that something is finally done to look after the important heritage buildings.
Now hoping State Government will follow suit with the Warders Cottages and the National Trust with the Royal George Hotel.
It is very good news that the Fly by Night musicians club will stay in Fremantle. The City of Fremantle’s Strategic and General Services Committee this evening approved a one year, plus one year, lease of Victoria Hall to the community arts group.
The Fly has been an institution of Freo for nearly 30 years and have strongly supported community groups and schools and they have been an incubator for new musical talent.
As I said at Council, the City of Arts could ill afford to lose another arts organisation after the demise of Kulcha and Deckchair, the FTI leaving town, and the probable loss of the Circus School.
A relatively short lease will show if the Fly by Night can make it work at Victoria Hall but also leaves the option open to move to a better venue should one come available. As Councillor Rachel Pemberton said, it’s a win win for all!
A big thank you for the hard work and great collaboration should go to COF Director Tom Griffiths and his staff and the Fly by Night management who obviously needed to compromise as well.
The City of Fremantle has some serious health&safety and public liability worries at the Roundhouse that need to be urgently addressed before someone gets badly hurt. We know of three people who have fallen because parts of the path have broken off and made the surface dangerous, but there might well be more who did not report it. It’s only a matter of time till someone will break an ankle or arm.
Repairs should be a priority at the well-visited tourist destination that attracts hundreds of people every day. The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides who look after the Roundhouse have reported the damage and danger to the COF several times.
Sculpture by Tony Jones
Only one more month to go until the fantastic SCULPTURE@BATHERS will start at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach again. This is a showcase tsunami of outstanding local talent from March 14-19 on our gorgeous inner city beach.
The inaugural S@B two years ago attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the West End and was a huge success, thanks to the initiative and energy of Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna Robertson in collaboration with local art legend Tony Jones.
S@B will have a grand finale with the Fish Festival at Bathers Beach and Fishing Boat Harbour on Sunday March 29, so put it in your diary!
I was surprised that the application for a small bar in the old Weighbridge at the intersection of Phillimore and Cliff streets passed through the Fremantle Planning Services Committee without much debate. This is one of the most dangerous intersections in Fremantle where motorists often don’t know what to do and drive the wrong way into one way streets on their way to find the B Shed ferry and passenger terminals.
The Weighbridge is smack bang in the centre of an intersection that will be redesigned and redeveloped in the very near future as part of the Victoria Quay and Phillimore Street development, but none of this was mentioned, or that it is not safe for intoxicated people to try to navigate the traffic going in all directions there.
The new bar will be for 75 patrons and the operators will have to build toilets outside as well, which will probably make it the only bar and toilet in the world in a roundabout. All it needs is good marketing and describe a roundabout as an island of tranquility in the daily grind of life to become an attraction.
While the Carriage Cafe on the Esplanade was refused an extended lease because of future plans and a masterplan for the area, a whole new bar gets approved in an area that will see drastic changes and development. That is the kind of inconsistent decision-making of Fremantle Council the community gets irate about.
Strangely two Councillors objected to spending $ 275,000 on a much-needed facelift for the High Street Mall, but common sense prevailed and it passed anyway.
Footnote: Freo Council has found a new way of getting the balance right it appears. The Scales of Justice on display in the Council Chambers are now resting on the floor, so they are perfectly ‘balanced’ and don’t sway at all.
It has been a very pleasant summer in Fremantle so far with the early sea breeze keeping the temperatures down on most days and making the nights balmy. I took these photos of the Maritime Museum and Indian Ocean at sunset yesterday. They make for a good start of the mid week.