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Fremantle Arts Centre is one of the leading multidisciplinary arts organisations in the country and the City of Fremantle’s premier arts service. Housed within an iconic heritage building and boasting beautiful grounds, FAC presents world class contemporary art exhibitions from local, national and international artists.

FAC also hosts a variety of free and ticketed concerts and performing arts events, art courses for adults and children and an Artist in Residence program. FAC is also home to the shop FOUND which sells the largest range of WA-designed, handcrafted products by local artisans.

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Fremantle Arts Centre is open 10am – 5pm, 7 days.
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle

Events at Fremantle Arts Centre

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Community Arts Network: Noongar Lullabies Launch

Join us for a night of lullaby performance and stories through Ngaalang Moort – a stunning compilation of lullabies created by Noongar families.

  • Dates:Jan 22
  • Time(s):5pm - 8pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre, Front Garden

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Free
  • Music:Other Music
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

Ngaalang Moort (Our Family) is a compilation of stunning lullabies created by Noongar families in 2020, when the world was turned on its head and we couldn’t all meet together.

CAN took the program online and directly into people’s homes, where these talented participants joined facilitators Charmaine Councillor and Phil Bartlett online to learn the basics of Noongar language and songwriting. Once everyone had their song written and learnt, they recorded their vocals at home ready for final studio production by Charmaine, Phil and sound engineer / musician, Sean Lillico.

The conditions make this album an even more remarkable achievement by everyone involved!

These 15 songs reflect the personal experiences of the people involved. They are  a celebration of moort (family), koort (heart), woonya (love) and a legacy for all.

Lullabies is produced by CAN in collaboration with Noongar families and is supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Sunday Music: Young Robin

Experience the electrifying presence of Young Robin with FAC's free weekly live music.

  • Dates:Jan 24
  • Time(s):2pm - 4pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre, South Lawn

Details

  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Type:Free
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Gig Guide
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

Young Robin fuse a kaleidoscope of influences from indie rock, pop, rnb and jazz to create a soulful and driven alt-pop sound somewhere between blissful indie and dance floor anthems.

In addition to their deft song writing, Young Robin stage presence has earned them their place in Perth’s upper echelon of live acts.

FAC introduces a carefully curated line-up of WA’s best musicians every weekend in the beautiful setting of Fremantle. Due to COVID19 event restrictions, Sunday Music will run a little differently at the moment to keep our visitors, musicians and staff safe. The concerts will take place in the Front Garden with a strictly limited capacity. Once full, guests can sit on other grassy areas in the grounds. We recommend you arrive early and settle in for the afternoon. Bring a rug and picnic (no BYO alcohol) to this family friendly event, or enjoy tasty treats from the food vendors and bar on-site. Some chairs provided.

Truckload Of Sky: The Lost Songs Of David Mccomb

Come celebrate a record compiled by friends featuring of David McComb, lead singer and songwriter of Australian band The Triffids. Featuring previously unrecorded songs by the singer.

  • Dates:Jan 30
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Art Centre, Front Garden

Details

  • Ticket Price:$45.90
  • Music:Concert Tours,Tribute Band
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

Over the past couple of years some friends of David McComb, have been bringing to life various superb songs from his pen. These are songs that were never recorded, during the Triffids’ span in the 70s and 80s, rather they were written in Melbourne and London in the 90s and never properly recorded for various reasons. For the first time ever in WA, an incredibly special ensemble of David’s musical friends will bring these unearthed songs alive at Fremantle Arts Centre.

The songs are not cast-offs, it’s more a case of time running out for their writer, sadly. They were recorded over a couple of summers by an assemblage of musicians who have good reason to believe they could do them the sort of justice they deserve. Members of the Triffids, the Blackeyed Susans and people who had shared a stage and other delights with the man himself, along with musicians who knew him and loved him through his music. They all got to know him a little better in the process.

The record, released on 15 February on what would have been David’s 58th birthday, contains eight brilliant, fresh songs sung by singers who interpret them in utterly convincing fashion.

To celebrate the release, shows will be played around the country featuring most of the folk who appear on the record. The band is Evil Graham Lee and Rob McComb (from the Triffids), Phil Kakulas, J.P. Shilo and Clare Moore (from the Blackeyed Susans, Dave Graney, Hungry Ghosts) and Dan Luscombe, famed Melbourne musician who’s played with more names than he can remember. Singers are Rob Snarski (Blackeyed Susans), Alex Gow (Oh Mercy), Angie Hart (Frente) and the previously mentioned J P Shilo. On the night, special guests will be joining us too.

Expect all the unearthed songs along with a helping of better known Triffids songs. Just as these fine musicians’ have done in recording the album, the audience will get to know David just a little better.

Sunday Music: Galloping Foxleys

Whether you enjoy blues or country, Galloping Foxleys are here to entertain at FAC's free weekly live sessions.

  • Dates:Jan 31
  • Time(s):2pm - 4pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre, South Lawn

Details

  • Music:Country & Folk,Blues,Gig Guide
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Type:Free
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

A dark and boisterous seven piece from the bright streets of Fremantle, Galloping Foxleys are half country, half blues and all fun! Guaranteed to be a rollicking good time.

FAC introduces a carefully curated line-up of WA’s best musicians every weekend in the beautiful setting of Fremantle. Due to COVID19 event restrictions, Sunday Music will run a little differently at the moment to keep our visitors, musicians and staff safe. The concerts will take place in the Front Garden with a strictly limited capacity. Once full, guests can sit on other grassy areas in the grounds. We recommend you arrive early and settle in for the afternoon. Bring a rug and picnic (no BYO alcohol) to this family friendly event, or enjoy tasty treats from the food vendors and bar on-site. Some chairs provided.

Tim Rogers & Friends | Liquid Nights In Bohemia Heights

Join Tim Rogers as the louche DJ of the spectral radio show ‘Liquid Nights In Bohemia Heights,' brimming with live music, musings, comedy and theatre.

  • Dates:Feb 20
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre, Front Garden

Details

  • Ticket Price:$49.99
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Rock
  • Other:Technology
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

This brand-new live show brings Tim’s Friday afternoon Liquid Lunch radio program out of the Double J studios and onto the stage.

The WA premiere of Liquid Nights will also include performances and interviews with local luminaries. Together with the stentorian tones of broadcasting legend, Jonnie Von Goes and live Foley work delivered by Tony Award-nominated sound designer, Russell Goldsmith, Tim will roll out the barrel in the finest apparel.

Liquid Nights In Bohemia Heights features a live band, guest interviews, musical interludes, a pocket radio drama, a live quiz, questionable local sponsors, Poem of the Week, a live call of Western Highlands Cricket Final (now in it’s 34th week), philosophical quandaries, audience participation and continuing hooey and hoopla within the fabled borders of Bohemia Heights.

And of course, music. 

Come and be part of the radio show you love on Double J, as live as it gets!

Sunday Music: Kill Devil Hills

Rounding off Sunday Music is The Kill Devil Hills, a 6-piece rock band that is set to play in the Front Garden.

  • Dates:Feb 21
  • Time(s):Opens from 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Music:Gig Guide,Rock
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

The Kill Devil Hills formed in sun-bleached Perth in 2003 as a quiet acoustic project by founding members Brendon Humphries, Steve Joines and Steve Gibson. That didn’t last very long, quickly swelling to a noisy 6-piece rock band. Four albums (and a fifth about to drop), a few 7″s, a live record, several band members, a few laps of the planet and some late, late nights later … the band has toured Australia, Canada, the US and Europe.

Karnivool

Join Karvnivool for their rescheduled 'The Decade of Sound Awake' tour, where the band will play the whole Sound Awake album in its entirety.

  • Dates:Mar 13
  • Time(s):6pm - 10pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Ticket Price:$69.90
  • Music:Concert Tours,Rock
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

Marking some of the band’s biggest Aussie venues to date, the tour stops at FAC’s South Lawn on Saturday March 2021. Sound Awake captured a moment in time. A decade later, with platinum sales, this is a landmark moment in Karnivool’s career, a band who have always gone their own way.

Sound Awake is an album heavily informed by the art and science of Cymatics and questioning of an ever changing world. From the structured rage of Set Fire to the Hive, the monster riffing of Goliath and the single that was never a single New Day, it’s a record full of fan favourites that Kenny, Drew, Hoss, Steve and Jon see as their benchmark.

Attaining worldwide success over this last decade, it launched Karnivool to an intensely loyal, passionate audience around the world.

The tour lands in Fremantle for one night only. No additional shows, no encore performances, no take backs. Don’t miss out.

Ocean Alley Australian Tour

Ocean Alley are stoked to reveal their first national tour of Australia since 2018!

  • Dates:Sep 11
  • Time(s):6.00pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Ticket Price:$79.00
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Music:Concert Tours,Gig Guide,Indie & Alternative
  • Type:Adults Only

Description

The six-piece will kick off the tour at Fremantle Art Centre in Perth on Saturday 11 September, making their way through Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and wrapping up in Sydney. Perth’s wacky Psychedelic Porn Crumpets join the national run as main supports, bringing their sprawling and grungy psych-round sound to the stage, accompanied by fellow Perth outfit, indie-pop darlings Dulcie who have mesmerised listeners since bursting onto the scene in 2018.

DMA's National Tour

Returning for their first national headline tour in three years, DMA's are thrilled to be playing their biggest Australian venues to date. Don't miss out!

  • Dates:Sep 26
  • Time(s):6pm - 10pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre, South Lawn

Details

  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Ticket Price:$69.90
  • Music:Indie & Alternative,Rock,Gig Guide
  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

Frontier Touring, Secret Sounds and FRNDS MGMT are thrilled to announce the return of 9x ARIA nominees and critically acclaimed Sydney trio DMA’S. Off the back of countless successes, the three-piece rock outfit will bring their euphoric, timeless anthems – with a full band set-up – to FAC’s South Lawn on Sun 26 Sep 2021.

DMA’S started 2020 on a high, playing the iconic O2 Academy in Brixton to a sold-out crowd, right before the world went into lockdown. They continued from stage to screen, performing a breathtaking rendition of the Crowded House classic ‘Better Be Home Soon’ on Channel 9’s Music From The Home Front Anzac Day special, followed by an epic run of 24 sold-out ‘Unplugged & Intimate’ headline shows in Brisbane and Sydney, before taking the stage ahead of the opening bounce at the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final in Brisbane last month.

The band’s accolades this year alone include nominations for triple j Australian Album of the Year and 5 x ARIA Award nominations including Album Of The Year, Best Rock Album, Best Group, Best Independent Release and Best Australian Live Act.

David Gray | Perth

David Gray brings his White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour to Australia this December, to celebrate the revolutionary album’s 20-year anniversary.

  • Dates:Nov 13, 2021
  • Time(s):6:00 - 11:59pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Chugg Entertainment
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Music:Concert Tours,Pop

Description

The White Ladder Tour will see Gray perform the iconic 7 million record-selling record in its entirety, together with all the original band members and with all the original equipment – followed by a set of the greatest hits.

Written and recorded on a minimal budget by Gray in the bedroom of a tiny terraced house in Stoke Newington, David experimented with drum machines and electronic elements, creating a blend of folktronica that has since become a familiar part of the musical landscape. White Ladder boasts classic hit singles ‘Babylon’, ‘Please Forgive Me’ and ‘Sail Away’. It remains in the top 30 best-selling British albums of all time, is the best-selling album ever in Ireland, selling two times platinum in Australia and three times platinum in New Zealand.

Celebrating an album that has touched many, White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour is not to be missed.

Designfreo: Object, Space, Place

Explore an exhibition which looks at Fremantle through the lens of design.

  • Dates:Nov 28 - Jan 24
  • Time(s):10am - 5pm
  • Venue:Galleries, Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Drawing,Sculpture,Other Visual Arts
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Type:Free

Description

Design is everywhere and we all make design decisions every day – what to wear, where we live, what we buy and how we get from A to B.

DesignFreo: Object, Space, Place draws attention to how design shapes our experiences as individuals and as a community. The exhibition explores our relationship to designed objects, spaces and places and features local architects and furniture makers, and fashion, industrial, interior and graphic designers.

DesignFreo also highlights the big issues good design must address for the city and for the planet.

Multi-award-winning local architects spaceagency will transform the main gallery with their exhibition design, creating a dynamic setting for the other designers’ work.

A Forest Of Hooks And Nails

Demonstrating insider knowledge and an intimate understanding of space, this exhibition flips the typical dynamic, as the install crew become the artists.

  • Dates:Feb 4 - Mar 21
  • Time(s):10am - 5pm
  • Venue:All Galleries, Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Description

Artists often work a range of side jobs to get by. Exhibition install is a prized side hustle, providing close contact with art and the industry, and making use of their creative knowledge and versatile skills.

Working with artists, curators, designers and other staff, they combine their varied, ever-expanding skills to create elegant exhibitions, seemingly effortlessly. The sign of a good install team is when you don’t notice all the work they’ve done; they’re silent and invisible, essential yet often unrecognised.

In A Forest of Hooks and Nails this dynamic gets flipped on its head, as the install crew create new artworks specific to the building and its history.

A Forest of Hooks and Nails will feature a variety of media. Some artists will shine a light on their favourite nooks and crannies while some respond to the materials and processes commonly used to construct, hang, display and light an exhibition. Others are delving into the politics and economy of work, labour, production and industry, while some artists will investigate the community and people closely linked to this Fremantle icon.

Through their varied investigative outcomes, these artists will turn Fremantle Arts Centre inside out and put it back together again, presenting an insightful and enriching look behind the scenes of these hallowed galleries.