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MINISTER LAUNCHES FREMANTLE HIGH TIDE SHOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2017

 

 

The Hon. David Templeman, WA Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and the Arts this morning officially launched the High Tide show of the Fremantle Festival, with local member Simone McGurk and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Templeman said it was great to see the City of Fremantle once again leading the way, and  is a fantastic opportunity to showcase WA’s unique artistic talent.

It also allows for partnerships with international artists, such as Felice Varini who is creating the site-specific Arcs D’Ellipse along historic High Street.

Artistic director Tom Mueller of PS Art Space was there, as were many local artists, all in awe of the brilliant Varini artwork in progress.

Disappointingly yesterday’s big storm and rain has damaged the yellow foil on the Townhall, and that is due to the anti-graffiti surface of the newly-restored building, Felice Varini told me.

 

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INTRIGUING ART AT PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

 

There is an intriguing art exhibition by Gwenael Velge on at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street in Fremantle.

The show is excellent and well worth a visit, although I have no idea what it is about.

Simulation/Simulcra/Sisyphus is a show of aerial photographs of containers in port and installations; local landscapes-reality-meaning.

There are futuristic-looking boxes and CD disks, and a harness to strap on your back and you supposedly can fly away in it, maybe suggesting the aerial photos were not taken from a drone or helicopter.

It is a journey of discovery in the great huge art space, and it did not matter to me that I was lost to understand the meaning of it all, as it did not seem to matter.

Go and have a look for yourselves and let me know what you thought of it!

 

Roel Loopers

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IRISH FIDDLER AT FREO PS ART SPACE

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2017

 

ROBERT ZIELINSKI TRIO and BILLIE ROGERS at PS ART SPACE tonight!

Friday 25 August 2017, 8pm- Doors open 7pm

After a short break the sixth concert in the Hemispheres | Music of the World series at Fremantle’s PS Art Space in Pakenham Street is back, featuring formidable Irish fiddler and instrument maker, Robert Zielinski, playing in a trio with Fiona Doyle, wooden flute, whistle & vocals and Phil Waldron, double bass, mandolin & vocals.

The ROBERT ZIELINSKI TRIO draws inspiration from the deep reservoir of an older generation of west Ireland fiddlers. As a seventeen year old Zielinski travelled to Ireland and spent the next 14 years learning and immersing himself in the traditional music and in 2000 he won Ireland’s Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddler of the Year Award.

Together this trio plays a captivating set of tunes from Ireland, Scotland and the Shetland Isles including lively reels, jigs, strathspeys and hornpipes, as well traditional and contemporary songs, haunting slow airs and originals.

Supporting the ROBERT ZIELINSKI TRIO in the opening set is Fremantle’s own, BILLIE ROGERS, who describes her music as “soulful country”, but is so much more.

Rogers is an exceptional singer and songwriter who can rightly be described as one of Fremantle’s best hidden treasures.

 

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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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GREAT ART REVIEW FOR TESCHENDORFF FREO SHOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on August 5, 2017

 

 

Nice to see that the West Australian art critic William Yeoman agrees with me about REMNANTS, the excellent John Teschendorff exhibition at Fremantle’s PS Art Space.

Yeoman wites in today’s West that The artist has used the History of Ideas project, as the exhibition catalogue tells us, to examine  aspects of border conflict, war, religious bigotry, democratic process and guilt.

But we encounter art first with our senses. In that respect Remnants is quite simply an astonishingly beautiful exhibition from one of our greatest practitioners in any medium.

Read The West for Yeoman’s full review of the exhibition.

The show is on at PSAS in Pakenham Street till the end of August. Don’t mis it. It’s outstanding!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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SUBLIME TESCHENDORFF ART AT PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

 

John Teschendorff’s show REMNANTS at Fremantle PS Art Space in Pakenham Street is outstanding and should not be missed.

The History of Ideas Project 1997-2017 is an exhibition of abstract works that examine aspects of border conflict, war, religious bigotry, democratic process&guilt….even terror, torture and death are interrogated beneath deceptively seductive abstract surfaces.

There are also collaborative works with Annette Seeman and Stephen Spurrier in the show.

I was quite overwhelmed by the intensity and deep mood of the artworks and the very high painterly quality of them.

Teschendorff’s art has been widely collected by all major galleries in Australia and I hope they’ll purchase a few more work from this exhibition.

The exhibitions is open till August 26. If you don’t see another exhibition this year, make sure not to miss this one. It’s one of the best art exhibitions I have seen for years. It’s sublime!

….and while at PSAS hop in at my mate Tom’s Studio 37 cafe for great coffee and food.

Roel Loopers

ART OUT OF AFRICA

Posted in art, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2017

 

PS ART SPACE in Fremantle’s Pakenham Street is in my opinion the best art space in Fremantle, and probably all of Perth. The huge cavernous heritage warehouse is such a gorgeous space to exhibit art in, as is shown again at the Antipodes Urban Axis exhibition.

Contemporary art from the African continent by 47 artists from countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, Congo and South Africa make a beautiful installation in the stunning space.

The exhibition runs until July 22, so make sure to go and visit and while there try the great coffee and food at the Studio 37 cafe.

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STUDIO 37 CAFE SATURDAY BREAKFAST

Posted in cafe, food, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

My mate Tom at the lovely STUDIO 37 Cafe in the PS ART SPACE in Pakenham Street is now open for Saturday breakfast from 8 am till midday, so go and enjoy great coffee and food in the cavernous heritage space that often has fantastic art exhibitions.

Several offices, including Centrelink have closed in Pakenham Street so there is plenty of parking in the area.

The cafe is just twenty metres from High Street.

Roel Loopers

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