The city's dedication to the Arts within the community is displayed in many creative ways. The many colourful celebratory festivals throughout the year and the variety of community markets promote and showcase local artistic talent. Historic heritage listed buildings are now the home to a range of arts and cultural organisations in Fremantle.
Visit art exhibitions by regional, local, national and international artists and attend both indoor and outdoor events and music concerts.
Built in 1864 by convicts it is has a very gothic past and thankfully reopened in 1972 as the much loved Fremantle Arts Centre. Now adults and children can learn art in many forms including drawing, painting, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, textiles and printmaking.
Fremantle Arts Centre has free WiFi internet access for all visitors. Simply bring your portable device and enjoy. All courses are conducted on site at Fremantle Arts Centre, in one of five fully equipped studio spaces.
Address: Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle, WA, 6160
Tel: (08 9432 9555
Website: Fremantle Arts Centre
Facilities: Disability access, Toilets, Guide & Hearing Dogs only. Bikes are welcome. There is a bike rack near the Café’s side entrance.
"The City of Fremantle Art Collection is the largest municipal art collection in Western Australia.
It contains over 1200 pieces, including historical works and an extraordinary mix of contemporary paintings, prints, photographs and ceramics by Western Australian artists, representing strongly Fremantle makers and Fremantle subjects.
The Collection boasts an excellent holding of Australian prints and artists’ books that reflect the diversity, complexity and scale of print in Australia..." from Fremantle Arts Centre Website: Exhibitions
In late 2014, a small group of established Fremantle artists came together spontaneously with the idea to open their homes and studios to the public for one weekend. At short notice, over 400 people visited and Artwalk Freo was born. Building on the success of that inaugural event, the artists opened to the public and had a fabulous response and it has now been running successfully for 4 years!
The creative process can be a solitary one and people rarely have the opportunity to glimpse inside a working studio and observe. An artist's studio is where all the inspiration, work sketches, thoughts and ideas merge together to become something wonderful. For Artwalk Freo visitors, being able to walk around and soak in that creative atmosphere, and discuss concepts with the artists can be an insightful and inspiring experience!
Art Walk Freo contains over 1200 pieces, including historical works and an extraordinary mix of contemporary paintings, prints, photographs and ceramics by Western Australian artists, representing strongly Fremantle makers and Fremantle subjects. Artwalk Freo
"This unique space provides a popular venue for musicians, singer-songwriters, poets and authors to stage performances and exhibitions.
The limestone Heritage Listed building that is currently the Kidogo Art Institute and the Kidogo Arthouse was built in 1884 and is perched on the sand dunes a few meters from the sparkling waters edge of Bather's Beach, a truly sublime location perfect for its current use!
The Institute offers a wide range of short-term art courses for beginners and professional artists. All courses are taught by professional artists and both adults and children develop their unique style of painting and drawing within a variety of mediums."
Address: Kidogo Art House, Bathers Beach,
Mews Road, Fremantle, 6160
Tel: (08) 9335 9636
Website: Kidogo Art Institute
Beautiful space by the sea in Fremantle. We love the colour the Kidogo Arthouse changes throughout the day. Always beautiful.
"Established as a visual arts venue in the west end of Fremantle showing diverse and changing exhibitions of West Australian art.
It is managed by City of Fremantle and is located adjacent to commercial galleries and Notre Dame University. Restoration was conducted by City of Fremantle over an eight-year period commencing in 1986 and later in 1993. Moore & Moore café ((08) 9335 8825) within the building and courtyard is open from 7.30am to 4pm daily and offers the much sought after 'all day breakfast'."
Address: 46 Henry St, Fremantle, WA, 6160
Tel: (08) 9335 3519
OPEN: Daily 10am-5pm.
Entry FREE, donations appreciated.
Website: The Moore's Building
"The pre eminent place for clients to engage artists and for artists to go to for employment opportunities in Western Australia.
The Old Customs House is home to Artsource and the WA Circus School and has artist studios and arts organisations. Artsource began in 1986 as the Fremantle Arts Foundation to advance the profile of visual artists in WA."
Address: Corner of Cliff & Phillimore Streets.
Tel: (08) 9335 8366
"The Fly By Night Musicians Club is a an iconic venue which has a rich history of musicians, actors, comedians, and even circus performers who have showcased their talent on the Fly's stage over the last 20 years with local, national and international artists performing at the club.
The Fly by Night Musicians Club is a not for profit community musicians club and music venue located in the heart of Fremantle. This building now run by the National Trust of Australia was originally constructed in 1895–96."
The Fly has provided a launch pad for many local bands since 1986 including some of WA’s biggest exports… John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Eskimo Joe, San Sisco, The Panics, Tame Impala, End Of Fashion… and many more who have started off their careers with the assistance of the clubs facilities.The Fly is situated in the majestic Victoria Hall Building in the heart of Fremantle hosting 280 guests in the Main Hall.
Tel: (08) 9430 5208
Fly By Night Musicians Club
"Housed in the wonderfully restored Fremantle Prison Hospital this centre brings literature alive for children and adults.
There are four full exhibitions of Australian picture books on display each school term. The exhibitions comprise the original artwork, as well as material from the illustrator and author including preliminary sketches, storyboards, reference materials, draft manuscripts and correspondence. Workshops are held in conjunction with each exhibition for both children and adults. The general public has the opportunity to view the exhibitions, meet local and interstate authors and illustrators and purchase books and artwork during our Open Days and at other events held throughout the year."
Address: Old Prison Hospital, Cnr Knutsford & Hampton Rd, Fremantle 6160
Tel: (08) 9430 6869
Website: Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre
Address: 6 Elder Place, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9336 1739 or 0403 012 615
Address: 81a High Street, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9336 1338
Artitja Fine Art
Address: 330 South Terrace
Tel: (08) 9336 7787 or 0418 900 954
Adam Monk Gallery
Address: 62 High Street,
Tel:(08) 9336 6102
Buratti Fine Art
Address: 222 Queen St, North Fremantle
Tel:(08) 9433 6369
David Giles Art Studios
Address: 49B High Street, Fremantle
Tel: 0416 079204
Fremantle Arts Centre
Address: 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9432 9555
Finishing Touch Gallery
Address: 34 High St (Cnr Henry St), Fremantle WA
Tel: (08) 9430 5533
Address: 94 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle 6159.
Tel: (08) 9336 6231
Greg James Sculpture Studio Gallery
Address: 2 Fleet St, Fremantle WA 6160
Tel:(08) 9335 5857
Address: 47 High St, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9335 8265
Address: Bathers Beach, Mews Road, Fremantle,
Tel: (08) 9335 9636
Address: 84/86 High St, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9433 1570
PS Art Space (PSAS)
Address: 22 Pakenham St, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9430 8145
Red Umbrella Art Gallery
Address: 255 South Terrace, South Fremantle, 6162
Tel: (08) 9335 3422
Richard Smyth Wild Earth Images
Address: Shop 46, Fremantle Markets, Fremantle
Tel: 0419 905 906
True Blue Gallery
Address: 84 High St, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9430 3622
Address: 47 Lefroy Road, South Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9335 4227
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