Local Noongar people created a moving end to the Fremantle Sculpture@Bathers show at Bathers Beach by setting fire at sunset to the Jarrah tree installation by Replants artist Bruce Abbott.
The heavy afternoon rain made the trees too wet to go up in blazing glory, but there was a stunning sunset, a rainbow and a lot of people interested in Noongar culture.
There was also a celebration of the Labor election win and the protection of the Beeliar Wetlands.
It finally is election day. I am so happy the pathetic campaign of buying voters with empty promises is over and the likelihood of a change in government.
It is also the last two days of the Fremantle Sculpture@Bathers show, so go and see the sculptures by 85 Western Australian artists, like the beautiful stone work above by J Shed artist Jina Lee.
S@B ends with a flaming finale on Sunday from 6 pm when Replants artist Bruce Abbott sets fire to the 35 jarrah trees on Bathers Beach.
The Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea is still on for another week and has many Freo artists represented, so check that out as well.
The annual Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea opened on Friday and will be on for two weeks, so make sure to ride, walk, drive or train it up the coast on the long weekend.
This is a show by Australian and international artists that compliments the all Western Australian Sculpture@Bathers in Fremantle well.
We should consider ourselves lucky to have two outstanding beach art shows at the same time.
Fremantle’s WASAMBA drumming group is one of the best remedies for depression or feeling unloved or bored. On Tuesday evenings they practice at Bathers Beach from 6 pm for an hour and a half and entertain the tourists who are waiting for the sun to set over the Indian Ocean.
Combine that with the Sculpture@Bathers show, a cool drink at the lovely pop-up Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse and maybe a fish&chips in the Fishing Boat Harbour and you pretty much got yourself a perfect Tuesday evening in Fremantle.
The Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS exhibition is on at Bathers Beach for the next two weeks, so make sure to go and have a look.
It is the showcase for 85 Western Australian artists, so support our local creatives.
I specifically liked the sensual stone works by Jina Lee and Pascal Proteau, the colourful wind powered work on the groyne by Cameron Robbins and the forrest on the beach by Bruce Abbott.
Antony Muia is very much his own artist and the two pillars of coloured rocks and a pile of rocks inside a fenced-off space is fascinating, as are Muia’s challenging but beautiful paintings and prints he has been creating for years.
Peter Knight’s work is one of his best, and I always love the art Peter Dailey creates.
Also in my top list are the artworks by Ben Jones, Gordon Mitchell, Bjorn Rainer Adamson, Susan Flavell and Greg James.
Everyone will have their own favourites, so head for Bathers Beach!
Installation of the artworks for the Sculpture@Bathers show on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach started this morning.
Eighty Western Australian sculptors will showcase their art from Saturday for two weeks all around the beach, on the boardwalk and inside Kidogo Arthouse.
My brand new and delightful friend Sian made me aware this morning that the Shimmer artwork by Freo artist Susan Flavell had been installed outside the Esplanade Hotel, so here a photo.
The work was first shown at the 2015 Sculpture @Bathers show and was sold to a mining millionaire who sent it to Queensland where two bronze casts were made of the orginal work.
Now one of these bronzes is traveling around the Perth metro area to promote the S&B 2017 show which starts next Friday at Bathers Beach.
Exciting news from the great Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS art exhibition! The show will be held for the third time next year from February 25 till March 12, 2017 at Bathers Beach. 85 of the very best and renowned Western Australian 3D artists have already confirmed their participation in this brilliant show case of WA art.
But there is a whole new aspect to the show with the international World Match Racing Championships being held off Bathers Beach during the second week of S@B! This will give the Western Australian artists international live coverage all over the planet. Last year’s WSC was seen in over 100 countries, so that will be great exposure for the exhibition.
One of Perth’s best designers will design a new logo for Sculpture@Bathers and one of the participating artists is working on a design for T-shirts. Make sure to be early and buy one of these collectors’ items when they are on sale early next year!
The biannual SCULPTURE@BATHERS art show will be on again in early 2017 and the new committee is working very hard to get sponsorship and has been contacting artists to participate. The City of Fremantle has already committed to $ 40,000 of funding and there is a list of over 70 artists who have agreed to create some stunning artworks for the beach exhibition at Bathers Beach in early March 2017.
Artists such as Trevor Richards, Theo Koning, Susan Flavell, Stuart Elliott, Simon Gilby, Russell Sheridan, Richie Kuhaupt, Ric Vermey, Peter Dailey, Olga Cironis, Patrizia Tonello, Merrick Belyea, Lorenna Grant, Kevin Draper, Tony Jones, Jon Tarry, Janis Nedela, Hans Arkeveld, Harry Hummerston, Claire Bayley, Anne Neil, and many more are already on our list and there are many more.
S@B 2017 will be bigger and better and we hope to organise more evening events.
Sculpture @ Bathers is a showcase for Western Australian artists only and that differentiates it from the big brother at Cottesloe Beach where international artists are also showing, so these two shows go very well hand in hand and are a huge promotion of outstanding sculpture and installation.
I’ll keep you up to date as we progress and if your company would like to sponsor this great event please do contact me!
What’s on this Sunday-tomorrow-at Fremantle?
Start with my favourite market the Growers Green between 8-midday and don’t forget to try the Dutch ‘flavourites’ at Treacle Treat. I’ll be there early for some beef croquettes as I have a 10 am meeting about Sculpture@Bathers.
For those who don’t want to go listen to the great Rudolf Koelman and the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra at the Townhall at 3 pm, the free Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard music by Katie J White might be the go at 2 pm. Her powerful and raw vocals lift rock and roots funk and soul to a different level.
But why have an early night when the Maritime Museum offers another great free music event on the balcony overlooking the port from 5-9pm. Great sunset there last week! Grace Barbe will entertain you with her Afro Kreol music and AJ Wigwams and DL Lady Carla will make sure you won’t get bored.