Mayor’s bike tour of the unbuilt and the historical saves

This year as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival I am once again running a free alternative history bike tour called “Demolished and Unbuilt”. It was lots of fun last year but I know many of you missed out as it was fully subscribed. It is almost full again but there are a couple of spots left for Saturday afternoon’s ride.

The bike tour explores what could’ve been – the stories of the unbuilt and the historical saves. Be it the casino proposed for Victoria Quay in the 80s or the demolition of half of the West End’s High Street for a highway in the 70s, join the ride to muse, lament and celebrate Fremantle’s historical planning decisions. Meet under RAINBOW at 2pm, bring your bike. The tour ends in the Fremantle CBD. Numbers strictly limited, bookings essential.


Live and Local. 30 Years of Clancy’s Supporting Live Music in Freo

Last week the head of West Australian Music, Mike Harris declared that Freo was the music capital of Australia. I think Mike is right and one of the foundations for this is the solid, ongoing support for live music by Clancy’s Fish Pub.

This year Clancy’s celebrates its 30th birthday with a series of events, headed by Live and Local, a blockbuster mini-festival on Saturday May 26th featuring a supergroup of Clancy’s stalwarts – and we are incorporating it into the Fremantle Heritage Festival

Joining forces are two-time Grammy award-winner Lucky Oceans, ex-Cold Chisel saxophonist Bill Rogers, and Fremantle bluegrass pioneer Jim Fisher (Sensitive New Age Cow Persons) – along with their musically talented offspring – to make up The Family Band. These local legends have been a part of the Clancy’s fabric for decades, with Fisher the brother to Clancy’s co-founders, and Oceans’ and Rogers’ band The Zydecats playing a weekly residency for 20+ years.

Co-presented by the Fremantle Heritage Festival, Live and Local will also feature Fisher’s band The Hamilton Hillbillies, Celtic powerhouse band Fling, and up-and-comers Fraeya and Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks.

This is a truly wonderful part of Freo’s heritage and it future. Well done Clancy’s

Help the Homeless Art Auction is Back. May 11th and 12th.

Revealed this weekend at Fremantle Art Centre

Revealed is the premier event which brings together Aboriginal artists from 25 remote and regional WA Aboriginal Art Centres, alongside independent and metropolitan artists, for a program of public talks, a bustling art market and exhibition. Don’t miss this amazing program of events 4–7 April at Fremantle Art Centre

Artist Rick Vermey to shine new light on Freo’s Liv Apartments

 Acclaimed Perth visual artist Rick Vermey has been announced as the successful candidate to design an exciting new public artwork for Defence Housing Australia’s Liv Apartments in Fremantle, WA.

Mr Vermey was commissioned to design the permanent installation in Liv’s entrance as part of the City of Fremantle Percent for Art scheme, that specifies local developers contribute to the city’s public art. As part of the creative process Mr Vermey partnered with emerging computational design specialist and architect, Daniel Giuffre to come up with the winning design.

The tunnel-like structure will be visible from the Queen Victoria and Quarry Street entrances and will be illuminated from within, creating a vibrant space for Liv’s residents and the wider Fremantle community to enjoy.

The striking geometric design concept takes inspiration from the city’s rich shipping port history, weather elements such as the ‘Freo Doctor’ and contemporary elements that reflect the colourful and edgy Fremantle of today.

The after-dark presence created by the wind-animated dynamic lighting will provide a focal point for night-time visitors to the precinct.

In line with Liv Apartment’s prestigious One Planet Living accreditation, the proposed design also meets a range of important sustainability criteria, including the use of natural wood fibres and bio-renewable cladding material.

Born and bred in Perth, Mr Vermey is an artist whose practice embraces painting, drawing, sculpture/ installations, design and public art commissions. His winning design was just one of many considered by the selection committee, which consisted of representatives from DHA, Liv architects Hassell and a member of the City of Fremantle’s Public Art Advisory Panel.

Liv features 166 apartments and approximately 1,300m2 of commercial space as well as landscaped courtyards with edible gardens for the residents plus cafes and restaurants for locals and residents alike.

The new permanent public artwork is due to be installed by August 2018.



Fremantle International Street Arts Festival. Only Two more Sleeps !

Inaugural Woylie Festival starts today

Celebrated storytellers and artists Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Kim Scott are among the featured writers to be appearing at the first Aboriginal Australian Kids Story Festival in Fremantle this Easter.

Presented by Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts in partnership with the City of Fremantle, this free event showcases Aboriginal stories through book displays, writer and illustrator presentations, exhibitions of artwork, oral storytelling, dance, song and film.

Also known as the Woylie Festival, the event will run from today Tuesday 27 March until Tuesday 3 April in the Moores Building and courtyard area at 42–46 Henry Street, Fremantle.

The festival’s artistic director Cassie Lynch said the Whadjuk people, on whose traditional land the festival will take place, refer to Fremantle as Walyalup, meaning place of the woylie.

“I take great pride in knowing that the hundreds of children attending our school sessions will be hearing ancestral stories of the land they are standing on,” Ms Lynch said.

“In gathering some of Australia’s best Aboriginal storytellers in one place I hope to spark new collaborations and encourage emerging Noongar writers and illustrators to get their work into print.”

The festival is open to all ages, and parents and educators are encouraged to join younger readers and story-lovers in celebrating Fremantle’s Aboriginal stories. Theresa Walley and Kim Scott are both festival patrons.

It opens tomorrow with the 3-day school program, where over 500 school children will hear stories and participate in collective artwork with Aboriginal writers and illustrators.

The public program opens on Friday with Family Stories Day, featuring a Welcome to Country, stories, dance and music.

For program details and more information visit the Fremantle Story website.