You don’t have to be good at art for art to be good for you

Echoes of New Year’s resolutions past – promises to ‘eat better’ or ‘save money’, have come back to haunt us as we settle back into the routines of post-festive life.

Looking for motivation? Learning a new skill or hobby can have profound benefits for both mental and physical health, with the rush of endorphins after creating your first painting or sculpture linked to reduced stress, pain and improved well-being.

Dr Christina Davies, Director of the Centre for Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing WA from the University of Western Australia said while people were familiar with doctors suggesting sport and physical activity in a bid to improve mood, the same could be said about singing, painting and listening to music. “Artistic pursuits should be encouraged in a similar way to physical activity and sports.” She said “The arts could be stigmatised or that adults could feel self-conscious about picking up a paintbrush. But for those who do overcome their doubts, the benefits could be unending. You don’t have to be good at art for art to be good for you,” she said. “Two hours a week of singing your heart out or sculpting something can release so much pent-up frustration or anxiety.”

Term 1 Creative Learning Courses Now on Sale

Explore over 80 Creative Learning courses (no previous experience required) for Term 1, which run on weekends, evenings or during the week from early February.  Create your own self-watering pot for your plant babies, learn to play the Ukulele or explore the basics of ceramics with award-winning tutor and artist Stewart Scambler. Traditionalist options including painting, drawing, jewellery and textiles are also available.

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Fremantle Arts Centre takes immense pride in its strong ties with the arts community, particularly the dedicated tutors who continue to share their skills, experiences, and creative spirit. Our extensive tutor roster includes almost 50 practising artists and teachers who have been recruited for their passion for the arts, their warmth and extensive multi-disciplinary knowledge.

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Photography by Jess Wyld.


Polarity: Fire & Ice to premier at Fremantle Arts Centre  

First Peoples reflect on the impact of the climate crisis across the world.

Polarity: Fire & Ice, an exhibition of immersive film and photographic works of artists living in Australia, the Arctic and Canada will showcase at the Fremantle Arts Centre from Sat, 10 February – Sun, 28 April 2024.

Polarity: Fire & Ice captures the impact of the climate catastrophe across the world, taking viewers on a journey to opposite ends of the planet – from the melting ice caps of the Arctic and Antarctica to the devastating summer fires that have become commonplace right here in Australia.

Described as an ‘exercise in contemporary truth telling,’ the exhibition is premiering in Australia as part of the Perth Festival.

Polarity: Fire & Ice is told through the voices of First Nations artists alongside non-Indigenous artists who work closely with First Peoples communities to consider climate change, care for Country and climate action.

Drawing on and advocating for the environmental knowledge and solutions harnessed by First Nations people across millennia, the exhibition aims to inspire cross-cultural understanding and support international climate change initiatives.

Glenn Iseger Pilkington, Visual Arts Curator, commented: “Polarity: Fire & Ice transforms the galleries into immersive, salient and challenging reflections upon the climate emergency, as it unfolds in on and within land, river, sea and icescapes, across our interconnected planet. Through the voices of First Peoples, and settler artists who work collaboratively with First Peoples, the exhibition, opening during the peak of the Australian summer, connects our choices to global impacts which seem a world away. Importantly, the work within Polarity, reminds us of the enduring ecological knowledges of First Peoples, knowledge that can hold the keys to finding ways to mitigate the climate catastrophe.”

Twelve visual works will premier in Australia as part of the exhibition. A major new cinematic work will be unveiled for the first time titled Chanamee, Never Die, 2023, commissioned by Fremantle Arts Centre and the Indigenous Desert Alliance. Artist Tim Georgeson journeyed deep into the Tanami Desert with the Karrinyarra people to create Chanamee, Never Die, 2023, bringing Indigenous lore to life through art.

The exhibition features award-winning film and photographic artists: Tim Georgeson (Australia, x 2 works – solo and in collaboration with the Fremantle Arts Centre and Indigenous Desert Alliance), Adam Sébire (Norway), Maureen Gruben (Canada), and Dr Cass Lynch in collaboration with and Mei Swan Lim (Australia).

Polarity: Fire & Ice aims to offer viewers a saliant reminder of the interconnectedness of the planet and the global concern that climate change poses.


Tim Georgeson’s cinematic journeys, titled Pyrogenesis and Chanamee, Never Die, 2023 (in collaboration with the Fremantle Arts Centre and Indigenous Desert Alliance), reflect on the unprecedented environmental disaster of the 2019 / 2020 Australian bushfires that unfolded across the country. Fuelled by record-breaking heatwaves, prolonged drought, and strong winds, the fires left a lasting impact on both human and natural ecosystems.

The once-stable ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions continues to diminish at a rapid pace, posing severe consequences for the planet and to humanity. Artic-based artist and filmmaker Adam Sébire’s immersive audio-visual work Sikujumaataarpoq is based on Uummannaq Island, a remote Indigenous Inuit settlement in Greenland. Filmed during the 3-month polar night, it highlights the profound changes to everyday life and traditions felt as a result of melting ice in the Arctic Circle.

Stitching My Landscape by Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben unfolds upon expanses of frozen ocean, near Ibyuq Pingo, south-west of the artist’s homelands at Tuktoyaktuk (Northwest Territories, Canada). Ibyuq is estimated to be at least 1000 years old and features deeply in local cultural memory. The installation, represented through film, draws on the artists memories of her brother harvesting seal, and the fresh string of gut, laid along the fresh white snow. Consisting of 111 ice holes connected with red broadcloth and installed on April 23rd in 2017, the installation extended for nearly a thousand feet. Informed through stories passed down in her community, Stitching My Landscape reminds us how much knowledge, wisdom and self-hood is held within icescapes, and the annual return of ice and snow.

Nyoongar researcher and writer Cass Lynch and artist Mei Swan Lim will present audiovisual work Dampland, exploring Nyoongar storytelling and memories of place handled down over thousands of years. Dampland shares Indigenous science and traditional ecological knowledge about natural cycles, referencing the last ice age and rise in sea level that followed. Listeners are taken on a journey through time, across the Darling Scarp, Swan Coastal Plain, to Wadjemup, or Rottnest.

The Fremantle Arts Centre has partnered with Carbon Positive Australia to ensure the exhibition is carbon neutral.


From your artsy auntie to your difficult to buy for father-in-law, FAC is your one-stop shop for meaningful gifts. There is no need to step foot into a department store this silly season!

We’ve compiled some of our favourite gifts from FAC, just the tip of the iceberg of what can be discovered in the treasure trove that is FOUND, our curated gift shop of local wares. We encourage you to pop in, chat to our knowledgeable staff and pick the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Can’t decide? Grab a gift voucher – they can be used at FOUND or for art courses, memberships and artworks.

Support local, handmade and sustainable gifts from Fremantle Arts Centre this Christmas. FOUND is proud to support and represent Western Australian artists and craftspeople since 1976.

1) Cottesloe Beach Linen Tea Towel — $33
2) Ceramic Coaster, Rainbow Container by Tamsin Richardson — $11
3) Mega Liquid mismatched earrings by Kate Sale – $80
4) Cushion Cover, 40cm Better World Arts — $65
5) Amphora Scarf, 100% Silk Crepe de Chine by Rose Megirian — $280
6) Woven Basket, Sian Bouchard — $260
7) Gift Voucher —Assorted values

1) Hand-Drawn Wall Decal Rooster by Anna Louise Richardson — $52.50
2) Porcelain Vessel, Khaki by Felicity Bodycoat — $170
3) Jarrah Grinders by Mark Nagtzaam — from $129
4) Saltlake Jazz Travel Cup | Large by Annemieke Mulders — $60
5) Resin Earrings by Lisa Gardner — $85
6) Natural Edge Bowl | Mallee by Roger Symons — $318

1) Hand-Drawn Wall Decal Cat by Anna Louise Richardson — $52.50
2) Kid’s Red Cranes T-shirt by Mokoh Design — $28
3) Magpie Mobile by Bridget Farmer — $38
4) Fremantle Sketchbook, by Neighbourhood Press 188x260mm — $45
5) Tiger Artwork by Shaun Tan — $225
6) Woollen T-Rex Toys by Julia Warren — $90 each

1) Tales From the Inner City by Shaun Tan — $35
2) Beard Oil by Hunter Gatherer Apothecary — $30
3) The The Tickets — at Fremantle Arts Centre, 27/11/24 — $110 each
4) Ngurra Tie by Bugai Whyoulter by One of Twelve — $80
5) Kulyakartu Ngurra Tie by Wokka Taylor by One of Twelve — $80
6) Pen, Jarrah by Roger Symons — $34


1) Paper Star, 20x20cm, by Lynette Nangala Brown, Better World Arts — $8.25
2) Paper Star, 20x20cm, by Damien & Yilpi Marks, Better World Arts — $8.25
3) Bahen & Co Artisan Chocolate — $9.90
4) Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street — Books at Manic — $28
5) Baby on board Bumper Sticker by Carla Adams — $10
6) Red Dirt Soap — $12
7) Western Australia as You’ve Never Seen It Before by Jim Ward — $20
8) Pear Hardcover Notebook — $20
9) At The Bookshop Memory Game — $26​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

FOUND is open 9am-5pm everyday until Christmas.

Your Guide to Bazaar 2023  

W.A.’s favourite Christmas makers market, proudly sponsored by Muse at Artisan Place, is almost here, with 50 local artisans ready to wow with their latest wares, including fashion, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, woodwork, toys, prints, stationery and more on offer.  

We’ve compiled a handy guide to Bazaar 2023 to help make the most of your visit

When and Where is Bazaar? 

Bazaar runs from 5.00pm-9.00pm Fri 1st December and 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Dec and is located at the Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street Fremantle.  


Entry is $2 per adult, kids under 12 are free (payable by card or cash). 


All stallholders, our front gate and all food vendors are fully equipped with card facilities. 

Cash payments for products can be processed at reception. Fremantle Arts Centre gift vouchers can also be used at reception. 


Limited free street parking is available on Finnerty, Ord and Vale Streets. Paid Parking is available on neighbouring John Curtain College’s oval for a $5 fee.  

Parking is also available at Fremantle Leisure Centre for a small fee. 

Alternatively, take public transport. FAC is a short 10-minute walk from Fremantle train station with several bus routes stopping nearby. Head to the Transperth Journey Planner to find your best route. 

ACROD Parking  

Fremantle Arts Centre has reserved limited ACROD bays in the top carpark. Access to these bays are via our top gate entrance off Finnerty Street and is controlled by Security on event days. Please present your ACROD pass to the security guard on the gate and if we have bays available, we will accommodate you. 

BYO shopping bag 

While some stallholders have bags available upon purchase, it’s a good idea to bring along your own shopping bag to ensure you get all your goodies home safe and sound. 

Check the map 

We have large Bazaar maps positioned across the site to help you find what you might be looking for. 

Photo Ops  

Want a gorgeous festive photo on the FAC grounds? Head to the iconic concrete couch in the front garden and discover our Christmas set-up. Arrange your people accordingly and ask a Christmas fairy, friend, passerby or FAC staffer to take a snap on your mobile.  

Make sure you share using the #FACBazaar on Instagram and tag @fremantleartscentre ! 

Ahead of the event search the #FACBazaar hashtag for a sneak peek at all the amazing products you can expect to find at Bazaar and to follow stallholders you love. 

Meet the makers  

There’s nothing better than directly supporting makers and artisans. Take the time to chat with the people who have made the items you’re loving. They are more than happy to tell you more about their range and how their products are made. 

Food & Drink Offerings  

There will be lots of delicious food options to choose from to keep your energy up while you shop. Head to the food court area at the rear of the building to find a selection of delicious meals from an array of food vendors and a fully stocked bar (open from 5pm on Friday and 12pm Sat + Sun). 

This year’s food vendors include: Thien Kim Vitenamese, My Goz, La Paleta, Wild Bakery and Clean Tasty Dirty. 

We will also have a water station, so bring your refillable water bottle. 


City of Fremantle’s Buster the Fun Bus will be in the inner courtyard all weekend.  

Friday evening will feature Christmas carols from our very own FAC Yeah! Community Choir led by songstress Natalie Gillespie.  

The weekend mornings will host FAC Christmas Fairies from Ladybird Entertainment to delight the little ones.  

And be sure to pop in and check out our current exhibitions Pliable Planes: Expanded Textiles & Fibre Practices – a travelling exhibition presenting work by 12 Australian artists who reimagine textiles and fibre. Special Treat is also on display, a gorgeous collection of beachcombed ‘treats’ recreated into unique works of art.  

Plus, don’t forget to leave your mark on our communal art project the Weaving Wall.  


Lastly, please leave your doggo at home. We love dogs but they’re not permitted within FAC grounds. 

Have a fabulous weekend of browsing and shopping!  

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