A Forest of Hooks and Nails will now open 10am Thu 11 Feb, with an official opening event to follow 6:30pm Fri 19 Feb.

Presented in association with Perth Festival

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 was flipped on its head. The install crew were the artists.

With years of insider knowledge and an intimate understanding of the space, the artists created new artworks specific to the building and its history.

A Forest of Hooks and Nails featured a variety of media. Some artists shone a light on their favourite nooks and crannies while some responded to the materials and processes commonly used to construct, hang, display and light an exhibition. Others delved into the politics and economy of work, labour, production and industry, while some artists investigated the community and people closely linked to this Fremantle icon.

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

Exhibiting Artists

Dan Bourke
Phoebe Clarke
Angela Ferolla
Rob Kettels
Maxxi Minaxi May
Hugh Thomson
Phoebe Tran
Tyrown Waigana
Zev Weinstein
Hansdieter Zeh

Curated by Tom Freeman, FAC Install Coordinator

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In the press

Read the full exhibition media release for more information.

Artist Profiles

Visit the Perth Festival website to view the full program.

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