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There is a Fremantle Art Collection, but very little of it is usually on show, and sometimes none at all, tho there are more than 1400 items.
The collection began with the Claude Hotchin bequest in 1958, and had its own home in Pioneer Park 1978-87. Since then the Collection has been under the direction of curator André Lipscombe who may well have an office at the Fremantle Arts Centre (at the former Asylum) - but no Collection whatsoever.
As I write this, 13 February 2018, I have just come from the Fremantle Arts Centre, where I was told explicitly (by the reception person whose reading of the West Australian I interrupted) that not a single item in the collection is on show anywhere. This has been the case since I started inquiring, at the beginning of December 2017. During the entire months of December and January there appeared to be some craftwork done in remote Aboriginal communities, and involving car bodies and weaving.
Now there is an 'installation' - for want of a better word - which seems to making some politico-socio-economic point about water usage. It has nothing to do with art in any sense.
The City of Fremantle owns no dedicated art gallery. There was one in the Stateships building in Pioneer Park, 1978-87. There is one room in the FAC (Asylum) which is supposed to be dedicated to and therefore show some of the Local Collection (the words are painted on the fanlight over the door of the main gallery room) but there is no local art in it. There is also supposed to be a Kathleen O'Connor Room, but I wasn't able to locate it. It may be the one I've mentioned - with 'Local Art Collection' over the door.
The Moores Building in Henry Rd contains a number of gallery spaces.
Japingka Gallery, 47 High Street, shows Aboriginal artworks in order to sell them.
There's a large number of artists in Fremantle, some with studios at their own premises, and some with small studios in buildings made available for that purpose.
J Shed has four or five units, all of which are supposed to be used by artists, but the one at the southern end with the glass wall and the best view and the best light has nonsensically been let by the City to an entrepreneur/promoter Sunset Events which wants to have any kind of money-making venture involving loud music and booze in and around it. But let me calm down and tell you about the other four units.
Greg James Sculpture has been there since 1992 when the J Shed studios were established, and is centrepiece of the building, at Unit 2.
Jenny Dawson has her Ceramics Studio next to him, at Unit 3.
The newest tenant is the Art of Freo Gallery, manager Ellen McCarthy, at Unit 4, at the northern end. Ross Potter currently has his own space in it, while the larger area is used for other exhibitions, such as the photography of Kylie Richardson, which is currently on show. She will be followed by mixed media artist Rachel Doller. Art of Freo is supported by the City of Fremantle, through its Emerging Artist Support Fund.
PSAS (Pakenham Street Art Space), corner of Pakenham and Short Streets, in the former Shipstores building. The name of the coffeeshop, Studio 37, was chosen because there are 36 artists studios in the building, on two floors.
George Haynes and Jane Martin, Spearwood Studios, 27 Sussex St Spearwood (technically not in Fremantle, but in the City of Cockburn).
David Giles has his own gallery in a small shop at 49B High St.
Theo Koning has a website.
As does Ben Joel.
And Eveline Kotai.
Larry Mitchell used to work at home, near Fremantle, and is known for his Rottnest and Abrolhos paintings, and his rendering of water.
Toby Leek had an exhibition in Febuary 2018 and photographs of many of his paintings of heritage buildings are distributed through this site on the relevant pages.
Joan Campbell was Fremantle's leading potter until her death in 1997. She had her workshop in what is currently the Kidogo art space on Bathers Beach.
Jenny Dawson has a workshop and small gallery in her studio in Unit 3 of J Shed. This is continually under threat from an expansion of Sunset Events inappropriate lease of Unit 1.
Zinongo Gallery, 47 Lefroy Road, shows the work of Zimbabwean potter Njalikwa Zongwe.
Fremantle has no dance school. There is one just outside its boundary, in Hamilton Hill, in the former Newmarket Hotel.
There has been a City of Fremantle Symphony Orchestra since 1911. Its present musical director is David Pye. 'With a regular membership of about 60 amateur musicians we present about 5 concerts each year including a subscription series of concerts at the Fremantle Town Hall and performances in other venues around Perth.'
See the page for photographers.
There is an annual exhibition of Sculpture on Bathers Beach, following the idea of Sculpture on the Beach at Cottesloe.
Fremantle now has no theatre - except for the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in the Stateships building in Pioneer Park.
Harbour Theatre, which used to be in the Port Cinema, has moved to Mosman Park.
Deck Chair Theatre received no financial support and has ceased to exist.
See the page for authors.
Lipscombe, André 2008, Fertile Ground: Fifty Years of the Fremantle Art Collection, Fremantle Press.
See the links above.
Garry Gillard | New: 1 December, 2017 | Now: 12 May, 2018