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A Place to Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories

An exhibition exploring the experiences of post-World War II migrants to Australia. Featuring highlights from the National Archives of Australia collection of photographs.

  • Open Days/times:from Saturday 01 February 2020 to Sunday 05 April 2020 during library opening hours
  • Galleries:Photography

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The A Place to Call Home? photographic exhibition features highlights from the National Archives of Australia collection of photographs taken by government photographers documenting the experiences of post-World War II migrants to Australia.The photographs were taken between the late 1940s and the 1990s. Known as the Immigration Photographic Archive, the photographs form part of the National Archives of Australia collection. Images from the archive were used to encourage re-location to Australia to prospective migrants and to help local Australians welcome new migrants into the community.

The photographs strongly represent a time in Australian history that shaped the face of modern multiculturalism. Individuals, families and community groups will identify strongly with the images and will be able to reflect on both their own individual and shared experiences.

A national touring developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

FREE. No bookings required.

Image: Rows of huts at Bonegilla, Victoria, 1949. Supplied by the National Archives of Australia: A12111, 1/1949/22/20

A&A Art Display

A&A Art Display is an established Art Gallery in the beautiful city of Perth bringing you exquisite quality fine art from more than 20 renowned and emerging artists from accross Australia and beyond

  • Galleries:Drawing,Installation,Painting,Photography,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Saturday - Sunday 9.30am - 3.30pm

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Established in 2013, A&A Art Display is quickly rising in prominence to become a highly sought after art gallery in Perth, Western Australia.

Representing more than 20 well-known and emerging artists all across Australia and beyond, A&A Art Display carries an exquisite collection of high quality fine art that is set to inspire and impress, bringing ineffable beauty to your home, office or investment collection.

 

Aboriginal Art Gallery of Kings Park

The curatorial and management staff of the gallery invite you to experience a journey through Aboriginal art with a variety of innovative, contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art and artefacts.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 10.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 11am - 4pm

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

The Aboriginal Art Gallery, located in Kings Park overlooking the Swan River and the City of Perth, was established first in Hay Street, Perth in 1992, as a venue to exhibit the art of Western Australian Indigenous artists.

The Gallery has been at its present location for the past 15 years. This Kings Park location offers a premium location that encourages appreciation of Aboriginal culture, their contribution to Australian history, family kinship and respect for the land.

The Aboriginal Art Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to meet and talk to Aboriginal artists and observe them as they work, listen to their stories unfold in music and dance performances from some of Western Australia's leading Aboriginal artists. Visitors to the gallery, both national and international, have the opportunity to be a part of the reconciliation between the original inhabitants of Australia and the people who have made this country their home over the past 200 years.

Art is central to Aboriginal culture. In a culture with no written language, it was used to record the beliefs and stories from the Dreaming and to pass these on to each successive generation. "Aboriginal culture represented through art has been dated at over 40,000 years old."

Aboriginal art, while fulfilling its earlier role is now also being used by artists to express and describe the contemporary issues impacting on their lives.

This has expanded the boundaries of Aboriginal Art, from works traditionally rendered on rock, bark and sand using natural ochre, to works using oils, watercolour and acrylic paints, etchings, gauche, collage and solvent transfer prints.

The gallery's reputation is substantially recognised throughout the Aboriginal community and amongst collectors of fine Indigenous art around the world.

The curatorial and management staff of the gallery has extensive knowledge of Western Australian Indigenous art and have expanded the gallery's interest to include the Central Desert region of Utopia. We invite you to experience a journey through Aboriginal art with a variety of innovative, contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art and artefacts. 

Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery

Alcoa World Alumina Australia is the Program Partner with ManPAC aligned with the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, the annual Mandjar Art Award, and the annual Youth Art Perspective Program. Box Office 95

  • Galleries:Installation,Painting,Photography,Public Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

This Partnership enables ManPAC to offer the acquisitive Corporate Award within the annual Mandjar Art Award, and to develop and present the annual Youth Art Perspective Program with schools from Mandurah and the Peel Region.

Both Alcoa and ManPAC view this partnership as established primarily to support the community and promote the Arts in a fast growing region, underpinned by the awareness that a place without culture and art creates a poorer society

Andrea Adamson Tiger - Seven Sisters Dreaming

Andrea Adamson Tiger, Pitjantjatjara artist, paints colorful Seven Sisters Tjukurrpa & Women’s Ceremonial stories

  • Open Days/times:16 November - 22 December 2018 / Weekdays 10am - 5:30 pm ; Weekends 12pm - 5pm
  • Represented Artists:Andrea Adamson Tiger
  • Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Art Gallery,Public Art Gallery

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Andrea Adamson Tiger is a Pitjantjatjara artist, born at Amata community on the APY Lands in 1973. Her family includes artists Rini Tiger and her grandfather Tiger Palpatja. Andrea maintains close connections to Country and ceremony. Andrea paints stories associated with the Seven Sisters songline, an extensive Dreaming track that crosses her country. In the Tjukurrpa story, the sisters created sites and locations across the land as they flee from a male pursuer Wati Nyuru. 

Art Collective WA

Art Collective WA is an artist-run, not-for-profit organisation that supports and promotes the work of established WA artists through exhibitions, as well as artist talks, publications and art fairs.

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday - Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm
  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Installation,Mixed Media,Woodwork,Painting,Sculpture,Textiles,Drawing

Details

  • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Wednesday

Description

Art Collective WA was established in 2013 by a group of artists who aim to improve the visibility of Western Australian visual artists, in particular those that have lived and worked in the state for many years.
 
The Collective presents an annual program of exhibitions and artist talks at their gallery in Cathedral Square. They also exhibit by invitation at art fairs (including Sydney Contemporary and Singapore Art Fair) and publish significant monographs on their artist members, most recently Trevor Vickers and Jeremy Kirwan-Ward. Artist talks are recorded for archive purposes and will soon be published online as an ongoing series of podcasts.
 
The Art Collective WA Benefactors are a group of art collectors who appreciate the work of the Collective and support their work annually.
 
The Collective is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation, which currently boasts 29 professional artists as members. Membership is by invitation only.
 
Artists: Merrick Belyea, Penny Bovell, Tim Burns, Paul Caporn, Olga Cironis, Penny Coss, Jo Darbyshire, Sarah Elson, Caspar Fairhall, Giles Hohnen, Chris Hopewell, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Eveline Kotai, Joanna Lamb, Andre Lipscombe, Anthony Muia, Lesley Munro, Ron Nyistor, Brad Rimmer, Kevin Robertson, Helen Smith, Alex Spremberg, Angela Stewart, Jon Tarry, Michele Theunissen, Paul Uhlmann, Trevor Vickers, Toni Wilkinson, Jurek Wybraniec

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Through the Collection, our associated programs, and stimulating exhibitions Gallery visitors' are offered a unique & exciting experiences of historic and contemporary Australian artists.

  • Galleries:Craft,Drawing,Furniture,Glass,Installation,Jewellery,Mixed Media,Painting,Photography,Pottery,Sculpture,Ceramics,Textiles,Public Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Wednesday - Monday 10am - 5pm (closed Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

AGWA places particular emphasis on the arts of Australia, and due to their geographic position, the Indian Ocean Rim. Their proximity and access to many of the most exciting cultures of the world adds immeasurably to programs, exhibitions, collections and events at the State Art Gallery. Visit the Gallery and watch this site as they build for the future.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia, founded in 1895, occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.

Artists Revolution

Artists Revolution is a non-profit arts group, created and run by artists for artists. We have a small gallery space and studio open to the community for arts projects, exhibitions and social activity

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Sculpture,Mixed Media,Art Gallery,Drawing,Installation,Textiles,Aboriginal,Artisan Workshop,Artist Studio,Public Art Gallery
  • Represented Artists:Thomas de Munk-Kirkmeer, Nic Compton, Patricia Rose, Paul Marres, Jan George, Tim Burns and others

Details

  • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Wednesday
  • Wheelchair Access:yes
  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access

Description

Artists Revolution is a not for profit arts group designed for artists to promote and sell their art at our gallery and studio in Northam, Western Australia.

VISION - Artists Revolution is a group of professional independent artists supported by the Shire of Northam and Wheatbelt Development Commission as part of the Royalty for Regions program, which seek to develop a culture of creative collaboration between themselves and the community at large. The movement endeavors to thread community members together so that individuals and organizations can work together on building a creative and vibrant hub in the town of Northam.
Artists from Artists Revolution make collaborations within the community to develop participation in targeting local artistic talent within youth groups and other community groups that display potential ability that may be developed.

 


Wheatbelt Development Commission as part of Royalties for Regions provided Artists Revolution with $15000 to start this fabulous art space.

ARTLAAB

Providing a platform for the testing of ideas by fine arts, architecture and landscape architecture students.

  • Open Days/times:Opens 10:00am to 1:00pm Monday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Friday & Saturday, and 10:00am to 1:00pm Sunday.
  • Galleries:Mixed Media,Art Gallery,Artist Studio,Public Art Gallery

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

ARTLAAB was established in 2011 to support ALVA students, staff and graduates who need a readily available space to develop and exhibit work, in a venue that is connected with the broader community. Located in the Masonic Hall at No. 6 Broadway (on the main cafe strip), it enjoys excellent exposure to a vibrant university community and the general public. 

The main purpose of the facility is to provide a platform for the testing of ideas and development of creative work by students studying fine arts, architecture and landscape architecture, allowing ALVA staff and students to engage with the broader public, along with any other students from arts institutions in Western Australia. 

ARTLAAB is particularyly receptive to experimental, participatory and performance based work.

 

(Image above is the artists render of current renovation works.)

Artsource Old Customs House

Artsource has been housed in Old Customs House since 1986. In 2018, we have the opportunity to showcase exhibitions in our light-filled atrium spacer, providing new impetus for artists.

  • Galleries:Installation,Painting,Photography,Sculpture

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Throughout our thirty year history in our flagship building, we have provided services extending to our many artist members and associates to support the practice of professional artists and provide work and development  opportunities through Western Australia.

Aspects of Kings Park

Aspects of Kings Park is a gallery and retail environment for the highest quality contemporary Australian and Western Australian craft and design.

  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Jewellery,Painting,Pottery,Sculpture,Craft,Furniture,Glass
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Sunday 9am - 5pm (closed Australia Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday

Description

Atwell Arts Centre And Gallery

The Atwell Art Centre & Gallery is run by Melville Community Arts Association Inc (MCAA). We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive community arts centre.

  • Open Days/times:Atwell Gallery: 10am - 4pm Mon - Sat & 1 - 4pm Sunday | Arts Centre office: Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm.
  • Galleries:Craft,Art Gallery,Public Art Gallery

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

We have a fantastic riverside location at 586 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove, Perth, Western Australia
near the corner of North Lake Road (opposite KFC).

The MCAA has over 600 members aged from 5 to 95, 50-60% from the City of Melville and the rest from the Perth/Fremantle metropolitan area with a few from WA regional areas, interstate and even 1 or 2 from overseas. 
Some of our members have been coming to Atwell House since the MCAA was incorporated in 1978.


Atwell Gallery hours are 10am - 4pm Mon - Sat, 1 - 4pm Sunday
and the Arts Centre office is open Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm.


As well as having an exciting
gallery programme, we run day, evening and weekend art classes for adults and children and have a variety of arts and craft groups that meet at our centre (including South of the River Potters, Atwell House Spinners, Alfred Cove Art Society and Pastels on the Swan).

We organise Life Drawing sessions each Sunday morning (9am-12noon) and
Portraiture sessions on Monday (3:30-6:30pm) . We also have an "open house" every Friday - if you are an artist, come along and join in, if not drop in anyway and see artists at work.

One Wednesday of each month (February to November) from 12 to 2pm we run a popular event called Lunchtime in the Gallery. Our volunteers put on a light lunch which is followed by a presentation from a guest speaker.

Plenty of free parking!

We love having visitors so, if YOU love things arty and are staying in Perth, come along and join in our activities

Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia

The aim of the Museum is to promote and preserve our Aviation Heritage for the enjoyment and understanding of our past in the air for today's and future generations.

  • Museums:Aviation
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Museum is housed in two huge pavillions and contains a magnificent display of 30 military and civilian aircraft aero engines, models and other aviation memorabilia.

Barracks Arch

Barracks Arch, one of Perth's iconic historic buildings is located at the top of St George's Terrace. Built in 1866 it was originally the entrance to a larger building call the Pensioner Barracks.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Barracks was built to house the Enrolled Pensioner Force (also known as ‘Pensioner Guards’). The guards came to Australia on the convict ships that transported nearly 10,000 prisoners to Western Australia between 1850 – 1868.

The Barrracks were in use to house the Pensioner Foruce until 1887, between 1900 - 1904 the building was convered into offices. 

In the 1960’s the Government surmised there was no need for the Barracks and decided to demolish the buildings.The announcement created a public uproar and motivated the Royal Western Australian Historical Society to form a Barracks Defence Council. The Council worked diligently to keep the Arch however demolition proceeded and in 1966 all but the Arch was demolished.

Architect Richard Roach Jewell was appointed to design an appropriate building. He was at the time an employee of the Department of Public Works. He had arrived in Western Australia in 1851 and designed many of the important public buildings in Perth during the latter half of the nineteenth century, including the Pensioner Barracks. Some of his others designs include boys’ schools in Perth and Fremantle, Wesley Church, the oldest section of the Treasury Buildings, Perth Town Hall, Perth Goal and Government House.

Battistessa Studio

Studio of Antonio Battistessa - works use forged iron as an art medium. Works are for sale or commissions can be arranged.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Artist Studio,Sculpture

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

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Bennett Brook Railway

Birthday parties for kids can be held on the train. Trains operate weekends, public holidays and some school holidays.

  • Historical Sites:Trains

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Public Holidays,Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday

Description

Bennett Book Railway is proudly owned and operated by volunteer members of the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association. BBR was formed on the 26th of April 1976 by a group of friends who shared an interest in the lesser known narrow gauge railways of Western Australia.

Starting from small beginnings in a members backyard, the railway have evolved to a fully fledged railway operation based in Whiteman Park. Today it encompasses relocated heritage local railway infrastructure using heritage locomotives and carriages from all over Australia and the world.

We aim to preserve Western Australian railway heritage and to provide a unique railway experience through the bushland of Whiteman Park.

Bilya Boort Boodja

This regional tourist attraction offers an interactive educational experience that recognises the rich Aboriginal and environmental presence in the Nyoongar Ballardong region.

  • Open Days/times:9am - 4pm excluding Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Centre is located in the Shire of Northam on the foreshore of the Avon River in Northam’s CBD. It seeks to protect, celebrate and share the culture of the Nyoongar people and highlights land management practices that draw upon the knowledge of the land’s traditional custodians. 

Burt Street Gallery

Unique Artist run not for profit group supporting local artisans. Call in to Burt St Gallery Cottesloe open every Saturday and see the fabulous members work our gallery.

  • Galleries:Pottery
  • Open Days/times:Saturday 10am - 4pm

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday

Description

Great local gallery run by volunteers, our aim is to further the interest, knowledge and skills in the art of making pottery. Provide classes for beginners and advanced students, as well as workshops by local, interstate and overseas potters. Our facilities include a gallery space and a well equipped studio workroom.

CASM Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah

Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah provides a hub of activity and arts experiences to the broad Mandurah community. It promotes and makes accessible a diverse range of cultural engagement opportunities.

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Sculpture,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

CASM is committed to supporting emerging and mid-career contemporary and community artists, assisting them to gain valuable industry skills and to progress their career practice. The annual exhibition program features eight diverse art exhibitions and events including City of Mandurah community exhibitions, studio residency solo exhibitions and ART ON THE MOVE touring shows. It features a Studio Residency Program, which is guided by a commitment to cultural diversity and aims to support emerging contemporary artists build a body of work in a comfortable and engaging environment.

Celtic Swan Gallery

The Gallery offers handcrafted Jarrah, Marri and sheoak furniture, works of art from West Australian Artists and craft by local craft persons.

  • Galleries:Furniture,Art Gallery,Painting,Sculpture
  • Open Days/times:Open Monday - Saturday (Monday - Friday please ring the bell or call us on 08 9296 0728)

Details

  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Wednesday

Description

Cola Café And Museum

The 50’s style café, open seven days a week, is finely decked out in red, white and black.

  • Open Days/times:Monday-Sunday 8am-4pm
  • Museums:Other

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description


Cola Cafe Memorabilia
The historic town of Toodyay, situated 90 kms from Perth in the Avon River Valley, has a unique café for those with a hankering for nostalgia.

The Cola Café and Museum is a 1950’s style Café serving retro tucker, foot-tapping music and features a unique collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia collected over a 45 year period.

The extensive menu covers breakfast, brunch and lunch, with quality coffee, beautiful cakes and good old fashioned friendly service.

Experience breakfast on the terrace! Sit and watch the world go by, or keep warm in winter by our cosy gas fires and enjoy our fantastic Omelettes, Eggs Benedict or the famous Combo.

We serve only Silvana Coffee and proudly make:

Caffe Latte
Mocha
Vienna
Flat White
Short and Long Black
Capuccino
Macchiato
Mugaccino
Opening Times

Open every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing days, from 8 am to close Monday to Sunday. On a hot day keep cool under our Mist Fans. We give friendly country service and have excellent disabled facilities.

Our Coca-Cola Memorabilia Collection was started over 45 years ago in Zimbabwe and has now expanded to over 6,000 items.

Wherever you sit you’re surrounded by Brian Dawes’ Coke obsession; everything from the conservative to the quaint to the quirky. Many items have a story - like the Coca- Cola sign that once advertised a Louis Armstrong Concert or the red plastic chairs for the café’s al fresco diners, snapped up from the Sydney 2000 Olympics. There’s a model-T open delivery truck; coca-cola transistors; a miniature vending machine; clocks; bottle and can collections; and a lot more besides.

The Cola Cafe Collection

Started over forty-five years ago in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with miniature glass bottles of Cola-Cola in a yellow crate.

Frequent trips to South Africa and three years’ study in England saw the collection gradually grow.

In 1978 the collection rapidly expanded, with trading partners in all states.

Trips to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam and Bali have all added to the collection.

Connor's Mill

Connor's Mill on Toodyay's main street is open seven days a week, with displays of working milling machinery and agricultural history.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 3.30PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Connor's Mill is accessed through the Toodyay Visitors Centre next door.

There are three floors to explore, with the top two being accessible by stairs. Interpretations tell of the use of the building first as a flour mill, then as a power house and lastly as a tourist information centre.

On the ground floor is the 1940s era Brotherhood steam engine that once generated power for the local Industrial Extracts factory, which extracted tannin from timber. Today the engine is powered by an electrical motor, and cut-out sections display the moving pistons inside.

The Brotherhood engine is connected by a series of pulleys operating the historic milling machinery on the floor above.

On the top floor more milling equipment is on display, along with artefacts and information about other historical agricultural activities from the area, including pastoralism, honey, viticulture, timber and Ballardong Noongar practises.

Cool Change Contemporary

Cool Change Contemporary is a new artist-run-initiative opening in the Perth CBD in August 2018.

  • Galleries:Ceramics,Drawing,Installation,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Mixed Media,Print Making,Art Gallery

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Whilst there is a lift, it is not wide enough for all wheelchairs. Please contact us for more information and for assistance accessing Cool Change.
  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Located within the historic Bon Marche Arcade building on Barrack Street, Cool Change Contemporary is a multi-gallery venue that will host a monthly program of exhibitions supported by regular performances, screenings, workshops and events.

David Giles Art Gallery

David Giles Art Studios was established by well know Australian artist David Giles to provide an outlet for his own work and other artists from the "Freedom School" group.

  • Represented Artists:David Giles and various artists
  • Galleries:Painting,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The David Giles Art  Gallery and Studio currently shows paintings by David Giles and 32 other members of the Freedom School including Louise Paul, Carol Hazel, Zosia Grochowska, Jan Rowe, Alyssa Kanitsch, Sabina Moncrieff, Tricia Maiorana, Kirsty Low, Penny Rulyancich, Yvonne Cilia, Elyse Frankel, Melissa Mcleod, Tonia Douglas, Lesley Yuen, Sandra Mikus, Brigitta Nowland, Susan Clark, Gabrielle Dahman,  Toni Bissett,  Marlene Somodji, Elwyn Marren, Sue Doorey, Liliana Stafford, Carolyn Griffiths, Carol - Ann Hugin and Ashima Milne.

Not all work on this website is available to view at the Fremantle studio so please phone if you wish to view a particular piece. 

Doing Time at Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison holds the key to history, mystery and fun. Step inside and do time on a fascinating Prison Day Tour, Tunnels Tour adventure or spooky Torchlight Tour.

  • Historical Sites:Prisons
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Sun 9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and is the first building in the State to be inscribed on to the World Heritage list.

The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. Decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991, the empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.

If the walls of the Prison could talk they might tell stories of loneliness, pain and suffering.  As a place of execution between 1888 and 1984, 43 men and 1 women were hanged there.

Step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of Prison Day tours around this fascinating site. Daring escapes and colourful characters feature in tales laced with prison humour. Artwork on cell walls speak volumes, from the classical to the vibrant Aboriginal images.

Visitors with a spirit for adventure can explore the one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels built more than a century ago under the Prison on a Tunnels Tour. Equipped with hardhat, overalls, boots, headlamps and harnesses visitors are locked into the ladder system and descend 20 metres into the depths below.  Skilled guides lead the trek through dry sections of the tunnels by foot, then visitors board replica convict punts to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat.

For a spooky experience you can’t go past an eerie Torchlight Tour. Cringe at the rotten, the wretched and inhumane as the tour guide delves into the darker side of the Prison's history. Be warned – there are a few surprises along the way and these tours are not for the faint hearted.

Bookings are essential for Tunnels Tours and Torchlight Tours, call (08) 9336 9200.

For more information on WA’s World Heritage listed tourist attraction visit us at www.fremantleprison.com.au

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