Abstract in shades of terracotta
Calendar, November 19, October 19, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

19 Sep – 10 Nov @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre ·

Now in its 44th year, the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award returns with a spectacular new showcase of prints and artists’ books from a selection of established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists from across the country. In 2019, Australia’s premier printmaking prize continues to present works which celebrate traditional printmaking alongside those which look towards the future of the medium.

Join us at the exhibition opening, Thursday 19 September from 6.30pm to 9pm for the announcement of the 2019 winners and to view all of the finalists’ works.

More info
W: www.fac.org.au
E:  artscentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au

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Calendar, Jazz, Music, November 19, Performing arts

Music: Perth International Jazz Festival 2019

8-10 November @ Various Venues in Perth & Northbridge ·
Presented by Perth International Jazz Festival ·

Get jazzy with the coolest concerts from some of the world’s hottest musical talent at the Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) happening for one weekend only from 8 to 10 November.

Featuring free and ticketed concerts, intimate artist talks and workshops, experience new delights and reacquaint yourself with old favourites spanning big band, solo performers, instrumentalists, vocalists, contemporary and avant-garde.

The State Theatre Centre will be the Festival hub incorporating the Courtyard and Heath Ledger Theatre in ways you’ve haven’t experienced before – and all in walking distance to venues The Bird, The Ellington Jazz Club and Downstairs at the Maj, which will also be utilised across the three days.

The free-to-attend parts of the program are also bigger than ever – get set for jazzy sounds spilling out from the Perth Cultural Centre’s Wetlands Stage, The Rechabite and Birdwood Square.

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Pictured: Perth Jazz Festival credit: Corey James

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Calendar, Musical theatre, November 19, October 19, Performing arts, September 19

Musical Theatre: Book of Mormon

3 Sep – 17 Nov @ Crown Theatre, Perth ·
Presented by Important Musicals & John Frost ·

The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez commenced their Perth season of performances at the Crown Theatre, Perth on 3 September 2019 and will run until 17 November.

Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where it won nine TonyR Awards, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has been performed on three continents and won over thirty international awards. The musical has smashed long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and cities across the U.S.

The Book of Mormon is produced in Australia by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and John Frost.

Contains explicit language.

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Calendar, December 19, Featured, February 2020, January 2020, November 19, October 19, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: enigmas of the outback

29 Sep – 9 Feb @ Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix ·
Presented by the Artists ·

This exhibition is about the Australian outback as an enigmatic, mysterious, spirited and haunted terrain. The selection of photographic, paint and sculptural works reflect upon how the outback triggers the imagination in unsettling ways. It is at once darkly evocative and psychologically compelling; a journey through responses to the spirituality and mythology of the Australian landscape.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Jane Burton, Rebecca Dagnall, Eva Fernandez, David Downs Jarinyanu, Nigel Hewitt, Janet Laurence, Roslynd Piggott, Polexini Papapetrou, Brad Rimmer, Jacqui Stockdale, Monique Tippet, Paul Uhlmann, Paddy Fordham Wainburranga, Toni Wilkinson.


More info
W: http://www.holmesacourtgallery.com.au/article/enigmas-of-the-outback-29-september-2019-9-february-2020-vasse-felix
E: Laetitia.Wilson@heytesbury.com.au

Pictured: Brad Rimmer, Crows nest #11 Booralaming, 2017, archival inkjet photograph, Courtesy of Art Collective WA

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Diver under water
Calendar, Film, November 19

Fremantle Biennale: Film: Pearls & Blackbirds

1 – 24 November @ NWS Shipping Theatre, WA Maritime Museum ·
Presented by Kelsey Ashe ·

Filmed underwater in the seas around Fremantle, ‘Pearls and Blackbirds’ examines both dark and light undercurrents of WA’s historically significant pearling industry through contemplation of the lives and stories of female Aboriginal pearl divers and Japanese migrants that traversed through the port of Fremantle and Northern WA in the late nineteenth century. The commercial pearling industry transformed Northern WA into a prime colonial outpost of trade, and Fremantle into a flourishing multi-cultural port town, flushed with the affluence of ship building Pearl Luggers and off-season Pearl Masters spending their new fortunes.

‘Pearls and Blackbirds’ imbues an overdue acknowledgement of the collective histories of trauma and sorrow, whilst also imagining a visceral and mysterious underwater world. The film is a meditation on immense beauty and pain, humanity and redemption. It provokes difficult, yet transformative conversation by adding expressive voices to this significant era in WA history, helping to shape our cultural imagination, sense of belonging and identity.

More info
W: www.fremantlebiennale.com.au
E:  info@fremantlebiennale.com.au

Pictured: Kelsey Ashe

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Calendar, Dance, November 19, Performing arts

Fremantle Biennale: Dance: RADAR

21 – 24 November @ B-Shed, Fremantle Ports ·
Presented by Brooke Leeder and Dancers ·

‘RADAR’ is a new contemporary dance work by Brooke Leeder & Dancers, in collaboration with Louis Frere-Harvey and Nemo Gandossini-Poirier. Sirens and sounds are codes that trigger human movement – a universal, unspoken, sonic form of communication and direction into action. Alarms can also signal stillness; simultaneously meaning different things to different people. Timecoding live instruments, electronic tracks and lighting design, ‘RADAR’ will merge dancers, light and sound to create a unified body of work, with a small ensemble of musicians behind a large ensemble of dancers. The composition will act as a web of support, holding in silence and in response, launching the bodies into the space, as the lights change in precision along a time coded score. ‘RADAR’ creates surges of action or caution, movements of urgency and pause, the whole ensemble intently alert in either silence and siren.

More info
W: www.fremantlebiennale.com.au
E:  info@fremantlebiennale.com.au

Structural Dependency (2019), Matthew Thorley; Installation view PS Art Space. Credit: Noah Beck



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Calendar, Immersive Experience, Installation, November 19

Fremantle Biennale: Somnus

8 – 10 November @ PS Art Space ·
Presented by Theatre by the Sea ·

Somnus is a radical enquiry into the nature of sleep, immersing audiences in the experiences of four sleepers as they cycle through the fear and ecstasy of REM and non-REM states. The pillared warehouse of PS Art Space will transform into an otherworld of kinetic still lives, nocturnal languages, poetry, and haunting music- scapes, where audiences roam between stages of sleep. What lights up in this panorama is our passionate search for meaning as we encounterour ‘nightself’. Conceived and written by Jennifer Kornberger, directed by Horst Kornberger, with music composed by Eva Jurgec, Somnus is a large-scale collaboration between some of Slovenia’s best performers and an outstanding ensemble of Australian artists.

Theatre of the Sea fuses multiple genres to produce installations and immersive events. Elements of site activation, theatre, ritual, live music, and poetry establish temporary sanctuaries where audiences participate in acts of transformation.

More info
W: www.fremantlebiennale.com.au
E:  info@fremantlebiennale.com.au

Pictured: Theatre of the Sea

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Calendar, Installation, November 19, Visual arts

Fremantle Biennale: WATERLICHT

1 – 3 November @ Fremantle Esplanade Park ·
Presented by Studio Roosegarde ·

An Australian premiere in Fremantle, Studio Roosegaarde will present a large-scale light installation illustrating the universal power and poetry of water. ‘WATERLICHT’ is larger-than-life; cascading waves of blue light will soar in the middle of Esplanade Park, simulating a virtual flood and calling attention to rising water levels along Fremantle’s shoreline. The work will embrace the unique physical features of the site while acknowledging its past. A soundscape will accompany the work, including local stories about Fremantle’s waterfront by traditional custodians, prominent civic figures, historians, artists and community members. These stories will live on as an enduring legacy of the work’s appearance in Fremantle, and serve as a stirring call-to-action for a city-wide conversation around clean water initiatives and climate change.

More info
W: www.fremantlebiennale.com.au
E:  info@fremantlebiennale.com.au

Pictured: Waterlicht: credit: Studio Roosegarde

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Old building in Fremantle
Calendar, Festivals, November 19

Fremantle Biennale

1 – 24 November @ Various venues throughout Fremantle ·
Presented by The Fremantle Biennale ·

The Fremantle Biennale is thrilled to present a diverse array of site-responsive art and architecture through a public program of works by celebrated international and Australian artists and architects. Situated in open, hidden, underused and interesting spaces throughout Fremantle, discover how each artist responds to the history, landscape and communities that make up the rich tapestry of this port -side city.

UNDERCURRENT is the guiding theme of the second Fremantle Biennale – immerse yourself from 1 – 24 November 2019, and dive deep into the (mainly free-to-attend) programme of visual art,performance, music, contemporary dance, architectural pavilions and film. Suitable for young and old, visit the Fremantle Biennale website for the full program of events.

More info
W: www.fremantlebiennale.com.au
E:  info@fremantlebiennale.com.au

Pictured: Fremantle credit: Rebecca Mansell

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Calendar, November 19, October 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Lesley Meaney | Becoming Australian | 50 Years

4 Oct – 17 Nov @ Holmes à Court Gallery @ No.10 ·
Presented by Leslie Meaney ·

This 50-year survey presents the art of Lesley Meaney as a journey of becoming Australian.

With a spirit of enquiry, Meaney draws inspiration from the Australian bush, the heart of the forest and desert. Each of these places, over time, have come to define Meaney’s identity and sense of home. This is an evolving journey, a kaleidoscopic visual feast of vibrant colour, pattern and texture, traversed through painting, drawing, curious objects and stitched works. The exhibition will coincide with the launch of a book featuring Lesley’s work, Lesley Meaney

Becoming Australian an Artist’s Journey. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to support a brighter future for children with brain cancer.

More info
W: www.holmesacourtgallery.com.au/article/lesley-meaney-becoming-australian-50-years-5-october-17-november-2019-no10
E:  Laetitia.Wilson@heytesbury.com.au

Pictured: Lesley Meaney, Germination in Yellow, 2008, Private Collection

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