Ships That Pass is a stunning art show by Jo Darbyshire and Penny Coss in Fremantle’s most stunning art gallery, PS Art Space in Pakenham Street.
The historic huge warehouse space invites artists to create an installation with their work and Darbyshire and Coss have achieved that.
“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing.
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1874
The exhibition is open for three weeks till April 18.
Next Saturday, March 25 from 1-2 pm the artists will discuss their work with guest artist Michelle Elliott, the author of Scylla-bodies-water.
I really love this exhibition, so make sure to go and view it and while there have some great coffee and food at Cafe 37.
One of the things I very much enjoy is showing people around Fremantle and a few of the hidden treasures they might not otherwise discover, so today I spent two hours with the lovely Italian Elisabetta and Matilda.
Matilda lives in Freo and runs the cute fashion boutique and Birkenstock outlet Creato a Mano at Marine Parade and her husband Roberto runs the equally cute Galleria D’Arte West End just a few metres awy, so go and check them out!
Elisabetta though lives in beautiful Rome, so hence the need for a guided tour.
The Roundhouse and Arthur Head had to be the starting point and soon we walked into Bruce from Replants who is setting up a tree installation on Bathers Beach for the Sculpture@Bathers show which starts on the 24th of this month.
The former long jetty and ocean pool and the mortuary and kerosine store were clearly a must and gave me the opportunity to talk about the horrendous Rottnest Island indigenous Quod prison.
From there we wandered into Notre Dame University territory. We had a few sneak peeks inside some of the gorgeous adaptive reuse heritage buildings, the beautiful library and also the stunning Aboriginal art collection of UNDA. I recommend anyone to take a guided tour of the campus on Friday morning which UNDA organises. Contact them to book it!
The flat where FBI boss J Edgar Hoover lived, which is now part of Kerry Hill architects in Mouat Street, is also largely unknown. Kerry Hill by the way designed the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square.
I showed my guests the PS Art Space and studios upstairs, the former Police Station at Victoria Quay and the historic artworks inside B Shed, even the toilets, and wandered around the Maritime Museum under the watchful eyes of a lone Nankeen heron.
The old submarine, the connection to Gallipoli and the migrant wall were a talking point for us that connected Freo to Europe.
From there past the J Shed art studios and back through the Whalers Tunnel for a nice iced coffee at my friends at Chalkys in the former Trams Building.
What is there not to love about Freo. So happy I live here!
Fremantle artist Ross Potter asks the viewers of his work to contemplate their perception of nature through his new exhibition WOOD at PS Art Space, 22 Pakenham Street.
I had a look at the very impressive show in the equally impressive huge heritage warehouse space yesterday and was blown away by the detail in the large drawings.
WOOD is open till October 30 Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4 pm. Don’t miss it!
My bearded hugable mate Ross Potter is holding his latest exhibition at PS Art Space at 22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle on Saturday October 15 from 6.30-9 pm.
Ross is well known in Fremantle for his delicate sketches of heritage buildings but this WOOD exhibition is all about nature instead of manmade things.
Ross has created detailed and intimate pencil drawings on cotton paper of tree branches and twigs, the largest work is a six-metre long sketch of a small twig given to him by his nephew.
The work invites us to contemplate our perception of the natural world and our relationship with the environment. The artworks give us the opportunity to look at details we often overlook and discover the tiny wonders of nature.
The Fremantle Hidden Treasures Music Festival is on again today for its last night this year. It is a very Freo event where old boozers and hiphoppers meet, where hippies dance with yuppies, and where baby boomers have a drink with the Selfie generation and where students meet workers. You might even find some Pokemon friends.
It’s diverse, eclectic, irreverent, multicultural, fun, and unique so if you haven’t been there the last three Thursdays, don’t miss tonight.
At the National Hotel you’ll find Bluegrass Parkway from 7.30 followed by Patient Little Sister at 9 pm and a special guest DJ from 11.15.
The funky old Buffalo Club has Elli Schoen from 8.15, followed by Southern River Band at 9.30 and The Floors at 10.45.
At Bar Orient The Spunlovers will be playing at 8 pm, from 9.15 pm it’s Squidfinger, and Human Buoy is on from 10.30.
Upstairs at the Navy Club is Morgan Bain from 9 pm and The Flairz Reunion from 10.15.
Last but not least you can enjoy the cavernous mood of the old PS Art Space warehouse in Pakenham Street with Golden Strings from 9.15, Sean O’Neill from 10.15 and Mei Saraswati from 11.15.
The Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES Winter Music Festival starts this Thursday evening in venues in the historic West End and will continue every Thursday in July.
Entry to all venues for the night is just $ 15.00 so an absolute bargain. You can hop from one place to the next without having to pay again, so only one ticket required to get into the venues. That’s a lot of music for just 15 bucks!
The National Hotel has Stumbling Block Showcase at 6.30, Joel Barker at 8.30, Lucy Peach at 9.45, and Special Guest DJ from 10.45.
The Buffalo Club has Mo Wilson & the Drivers from 8.15, Carus Thompson at 9.45 and the Dave Brewer Band at 10.45.
Bar Orient has the opening of a photographic survey of Freo music at 8.00, Segue Safari at 9.15, and The Durongs at 10.30.
The Navy Club has Peter Bibby at 9.00 and The Kill Devil Hills at 10.15.
For those not from Fremantle, all the above venues are in High Street.
PS ART Space in Pakenham Street has Jacob Diamond at 9.30, and Usurper of Modern Medicine at 10.45.
A fund raising photo exhibition, Seeking Asylum in Country: Western Australian Landscapes will be held on Tuesday 14 June from 6 – 9.30pm at PS Arts Space in Pakenham Street, Fremantle.
Thirty landscape photographs will be ‘floating’ in the 600sqm PSAS warehouse/gallery, allowing the viewer to navigate and explore these Western Australian landscapes.
Fourteen WA photographers have donated their works for the silent auction. Proceeds are to be assigned to urgent asylum seeker and refugee needs in WA by Fremantle Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN).
A forum and Q&A with Dr Neville Ellis, Katie West, Kaliyugan Pathmanathan and Gwen Velge will take place at 6:30pm, preceding the opening of the exhibition and silent auction at 7:30 (bids close at 8:45pm).
For enquiries contact Gwen Velge M 0420 364 161 or Leonie Lundy (Fremantle RRAN) M 0439 475 174
Check out the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1107979892592948/
…BETWEEN YOU AND I by RIC SPENCER opens tonight at 6.30pm at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street
Fremantle Arts Centre curator Ric Spencer’s exhibition is a painting and drawing based installation instigated by recent surges in demonstration, protest and the democratic use of public space.
Generated by Ric’s walks around Fremantle the show is a tactile response to the politics of public through-ways and our fluid material use of them.
Exhibition runs until 30 April 2016 (Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm)