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Arts and Culture in Fremantle - History, Photography, and Aboriginal Art

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Fremantle's relaxed, easy-going atmosphere has made it a meeting place for artists in a wide variety of fields. There are Aboriginal people who create works based on their long history and heritage. There are photographers who capture the landscapes of Western Australia, both above and below the waves. And there are world-class museums and arts centres where you can catch an exhibition or a musical performance.

Fremantle’s museums

 

Fremantle has several museums which are more than worth checking out. The Western Australian Maritime Museum celebrates Fremantle’s close links with the sea. Exhibits range from commercial pearl luggers to “Australia II," the 1983 America's Cup-winning yacht. Nearby Shipwreck Galleries contains artifacts salvaged from early Dutch vessels that were wrecked along the coast. Elsewhere, the Army Museum of Western Australia commemorates the state’s contribution to Australia’s military history.

 

Western Australian Maritime Museum

 

The museum explores Fremantle's long history as a port city.

 

Victoria Quay, Fremantle, WA 6160Tel: +61 8 9431 8334

 

Western Australian Maritime Museum website

 

Army Museum of Western Australia

 

The museum's collection covers Western Australia's involvement in major conflicts, from colonial days to the present.

 

Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 9430 2535

 

Army Museum of Western Australia website

Photography galleries in Fremantle

 

Fremantle has several photography galleries where you can admire the work of local artists inspired by the region’s natural surroundings. Monk Art Photography Gallery features the colourful, large-format Australian landscapes created by Adam Monk. At Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse, the photographer's specialty is underwater art. He creates artistic shots of sea creatures and corals, often in abstract form.

 

Monk Art Photography Gallery

 

Monk Art Photography Gallery features large-format photographs of the Australian landscape.

 

62 High Street, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 9336 6102

 

Monk Art Photography Gallery website

 

Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse

 

Glen Cowans specializes in underwater photography, mostly shot in Australian waters.

 

9 Captains Lane, Arthur Head, Fremantle, WA 6159. Tel: +61 8 9433 6617

 

Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse website

 

Aboriginal art in Fremantle

 

Fremantle is home to a thriving community of Aboriginal artists. Japingka Gallery presents the work of a wide range of local painters. In South Fremantle, Artitja Fine Art holds quarterly exhibitions of Aboriginal art, and is open by appointment at other times. Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre provides a showcase for Aboriginal art, culture, and history. It has dance, song, music, and storytelling performances. It's also a place where you can get together and talk with local Aboriginal people.

 

Japingka Gallery

 

Japingka Gallery presents works from a wide range of Aboriginal artists.

 

47 High Street, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 9335 8265

 

Japingka Gallery website

 

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

 

The cultural centre provides a showcase for Aboriginal art, music, and storytelling.

 

12 Captain's Lane, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 9430 7906

 

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre website

 

centres of the arts in Fremantle

 

The city's cultural hub is Fremantle Arts Centre, housed in a building that was originally the “Fremantle Lunatic Asylum.” It offers a varied agenda covering workshops, music shows, and art exhibitions. Bathers Beach Art Precinct, in the historic Arthur Head area, is home to more than 20 sculptors, painters, and designers. In the city centre, PS Art Space houses 36 studios for use by artists working in a range of fields.

 

Fremantle Arts Centre

 

The city's foremost arts complex offers a varied program, from art exhibitions to musical workshops.

 

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 9432 9555

 

Fremantle Arts Centre website

 

Bathers Beach Art Precinct

 

Bathers Beach is a collaborative space which includes galleries showing the work of local artists.

 

1 High Street, Fremantle WA 616. Tel: +61 4179 39783

 

Bathers Beach Art Precinct website