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There is a Fremantle Permanent Art Collection, with more than 1400 items. It began with the Claude Hotchin bequest in 1958, had its own home in Pioneer Park 1978-87, but since then has been shown (if at all) at the Fremantle Arts Centre (at the former Asylum), under the direction of curator André Lipscombe (from 2002). Very little of it is usually on show, and often none at all. For example, there wasn't a single work from the Collection on show anywhere from the beginning of December 2017 to the end of January 2018. This series of photos shows the experience at that time of approaching and entering the room at the FAC which was intended (as the sign on the door shows) to be dedicated to the Fremantle Art Collection. It's not a large room. In my opinion - and it's only my opinion - there should always be a selection from the Collection in that room at all times.
I just checked again, 8 April 2019, and an exhibition of photographs of some kind is being mounted, and, as usual, there is not a single artwork from the permanent collection on show anywhere.
Lipscombe, André 2008, Fertile Ground: Fifty Years of the Fremantle Art Collection, Fremantle Press.
Garry Gillard | New: 7 January, 2018 | Now: 8 April, 2019