‘Anemoi’ – the Amazing New Liv Apartments Public Artwork

It is worth checking out the Liv Apartments in Freo’s West End not just for their design but also for the exciting new public artwork acclaimed Perth visual artist Rick Vermey has designed and installed.



The art was commissioned in Liv’s entrance as part of the City of Fremantle Percent for Art scheme, which specifies 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 impressive winning design.

The tunnel-like structure is very striking and is visible from the Queen Victoria and Quarry Street entrances and is illuminated from within, creating a rather special space for Liv’s residents and the wider Fremantle community to enjoy.

The geometric design concept takes inspiration from the city’s rich shipping port history, weather elements such as the ‘Freo Doctor’ feeding into the after-dark presence created by the wind-animated dynamic lighting.

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.

As EYE See It Exhibition

Last week I went to the launch of an a very special new photo exhibition by Minister Simone McGurk at the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition asked young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography.

Participants were encouraged to take a series or four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them. The photo s and text is very moving and provide an insight into what it means to live in out-of-home care.

This free exhibition is at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our their multipurpose community space which is really worth a look in its own right. It was the first time I had been there.

25under 25 art exhibition

This Friday I will opening the 25under 25 art exhibition is at the Moores Building Art Gallery in Henry Street.

The exhibition runs until September 2 and is open daily from 10am to 4pm.

Rock Rover: Freo’s newest live music venue

Freo’s got a new room… Rock Rover is the type of live music venue that could only happen in Fremantle.

A collaboration between local culture creators (and the people behind Mojo’s bar) Cool Perth Nights and the grassroots legends at South Fremantle Football Club, Rock Rover is exactly like the football position its named after. A rover changes direction fast. A rover is unpredictable. A rover is charming despite its muddy knees. A rover knows how to party. From producers to rockers, comedians to dancers, rappers to balladeers – everyone gets a guernsey at Rock Rover. See below for their first round of fixtures. Tickets on sale now.

Arcs d’Ellipses removal goes to tender

A commitment to taking a ‘building by building’ approach to ensure safe and careful removal of the Arcs d’Ellipses artwork has prompted the City of Fremantle to undertake a formal tender process.

Internationally renowned artist Felice Varini used yellow-painted foil to create a striking optical illusion along High Street, Fremantle, as part of last year’s High Tide festival. After extending the artwork’s tenure on the back of its strong public acclaim, the City is currently working through the process to remove the foil.

Quotes were sought recently from a number of contractors but following review and evaluation the City has determined it will not accept any of these.

Instead, a more structured scope of works will be developed and a dedicated project manager assigned to work with building owners to create bespoke plans that consider the specific needs of each building.

Director Infrastructure and Projects Graham Tattersall said the City was committed to getting the artwork removed and buildings restored to their pre-installation condition in the most effective and sensitive way.

“Our priority is to ensure the foil comes off without impact on the buildings and so it’s important we are able to define and manage the most suitable and appropriate solution that considers each building’s individual characteristics,” he said.

“While the proposals we received in the initial request for quote were helpful in giving us a clearer picture of what is required, we were also concerned about the wide range of approaches, work methodologies and prices submitted – all of which were above the legislated threshold for councils to call for public tenders.

“On reflection, we felt the scope was probably too broad, and posed potential ambiguity and risks for contractors. We believe it’s best we take a ‘building by building’ approach that considers the varying conditions of the various facades, the different surfaces – and ensures the right solution for each situation.

“We appreciate the level of interest in the issue and our primary focus is to do this properly. We thank building owners for their understanding and patience and will work closely with them to ensure we get this right.”


Mr Tattersall said the City would ensure that building owners are kept  briefed through the procurement and delivery process.

“We will continue to provide community updates as the project progresses,” he said.

Really Useful Recycler’s Purposeful PaperArt exhibition

The Really Useful Recycler’s Purposeful PaperArt exhibition is now showing at Bitches Brew. I had the pleasure of opening it on Friday night

It is a wonderful combination of sustainability and community have been instrumental in the evolution of the Really Useful Recycler journey since it began 5 years ago.

Put simply it is an exhibition of the work of two young guys, Josh and Courtney, with autism who create stunning art out of recycled and unused newspapers collected in the community

The artist’s  parents have worked hard for their sons to have a meaningful life when they finished school which brought them together to grow the Really Useful Recycler enterprise.

Inspired by two of Josh and Courtney’s greatest passions, Disney Pixar’s Wall-E (Wally), the Recycling Robot and Thomas the Tank Engine, who is “really useful,” the RUR enterprise is designed to cater to the guys’ individual strengths, talents and range of skills.

Nurturing relationships with community has added an invaluable richness to Josh and Courtney’s everyday lives.

From the Men’s Shed, to the local Youth Centre, local businesses, and the wonderful Bitches Brew Crew – the Really Useful Recycler vision is a wonderful example of “community”.

The Really Useful Recyclers has transformed the lives of Josh and Courtney in such a positive way by giving them a real sense of purpose and pride in knowing that they do good ‘work,’ doing what they enjoy.

Five years ago, RUR began with 6 little positive words ‘From a seed a vision grows’… and grow it has, all the way here to the wonderful Bitches Brew Artspace this evening with this vibrant display of Recycled PaperArt by the Really Useful Recycler Team!

It is very timely to have the exhibit during Plastic Free July too

Get down and check out Josh and Courtney’s Recycled PaperArt creativity all this week at Bitches Brew’s new arts space at 62 High Street Fremantle.


Bush Women: 25 Years on @ FAC

Opening this Friday 20 Jul at 6:30pm, 25 years after the original exhibition, FAC restages the ground-breaking show Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA. Bush Women was the first exhibition to combine key Aboriginal artists from WA’s Kimberley region and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of the Western Desert. The exhibition presented paintings by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean.

Living in diverse remote communities in WA these artists painted their culture and the narratives of their lives with authority and vigour, in strikingly individual styles. At the time of the original exhibition in 1994, the work of Aboriginal women from WA was in the nascent stages of its critical recognition, and the work of these six artists had never before been shown together. The exhibition helped to generate broader appreciation of these fine artists.

25 years on, their work is held in public and private collections across the country and is appreciated as a testament to the strength and diversity of Aboriginal women’s artistic practice in WA. Bush Women reassembles the original paintings from around Australia to restage this extraordinary exhibition.

Bush Women is curated by FAC’s Erin Coates and the exhibition’s original curator John Kean.

To be opened by John Kean, Curator of Bush Women: Fresh Art From Remote WA


Exhibition runs Sat 21 Jul – Sat 8 Sep