These five fantastic Fremantle Biennale events are a must for anyone interested in contemporary art.
The Fremantle Biennale is an impressive visual arts program that was founded in 2017 and celebrates and builds on Fremantle’s history and reputation as a creative city.
Second edition of the Fremantle Biennale
UNDERCURRENT 19 is the program title and the events are being staged in Fremantle, of course, from November 1 to 24. This years programme showcases experimental, site responsive work from emerging and established artists from across the globe.
The internationally acclaimed light installation WATERLICHT by Studio Roosegaarde is the opening event of UNDERCURRENT 19 and it’s the first time the studio has presented this work in the Southern Hemisphere! This free event is a mesmerising work that will be staged on the Esplanade foreshore.
Free Fremantle Biennale Events!
A series of live performances will take place across throughout the streets of Fremantle in a major new commission by WA artist Bennett Miller, Behavioural Ecologies (Red) It’s a ‘roving tableau’ that responds to the unique formal, topographical and historical qualities of our port city. Look out for the red costumes!
A free film will be shown at the Maritime Museum! Filmed underwater in the seas around Western Australia, Pearls and Blackbirds by Australian artist and curator Kelsey Ashe Giambazi examines the undercurrents of Western Australia’s historically significant pearling industry. This work is full of true stories of human spirit and resilience. Stories of female Indigenous pearl divers and Japanese migrants in the late 19th century. (1-24 November, WA Maritime Museum).
An Architect’s walk
The ocean-side of the original Fremantle shoreline will be dotted with 13 sites forming the foundation of the narrative of ‘Unit’. Each stand alone unit is visible from the next and forms a traversable architectural and landscape installation (1-24 November).
Sound and Dance
Standing Wave is a sound work echoing from within the submerged politics of the cold war; exploring variable pressure, material acoustics and the intensities of resonance (1-24 November, WA Maritime Museum).
Midnight Blue Lagoon a series of Sunday dance parties on the balcony of the Maritime Museum by ClubbMedd (17 and 24 November, WA Maritime Museum).
Stay in Fremantle for the Biennale
The Suffolk Street Villa (sleeps 6), Numero Siete de Bannister (sleeps 3) and the Architect’s Warehouse Apartment (sleeps 2) all have availability in November so you can take advantage of the full program – viewed here: www.fremantlebiennale.com.au