About the Biennale


The Fremantle Biennale invites Australian and international artists to respond to and work with the unique tapestry of the Fremantle landscape to create the best in site-specific art.


Cultural Context
The Fremantle Biennale is curated to acknowledge the river and sea as resonant cultural sites and recognises audiences as contributors, performers and active spectators.

Overarching Impact
'Place-based Revitalisation'. Local, national and international artists are supported to present ambitious artworks to draw visitors and confirm Fremantle as a cultural destination.

Partnerships + Economic Impact
The Fremantle Biennale focuses on partnerships with Fremantle organisations. Fremantle Port (local-global theme), City of Fremantle (community-identity), University of Notre Dame (education-innovation), Maritime Museum (history-biography) and Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (commerce-trade).

Cultural Impact
Our largely free program is a gateway for engagement with quality art. Projects are scaled to appeal to a wide audience, while inspiring more experienced arts connoisseurs.

Social Impact
The Fremantle Biennale's sustainability theme stimulates debate on creativity, innovation and climate change with policy makers, academics, schools, universities and the public. Our education program with local schools focuses on the environment, in tandem with the University of WA Symposium for arts professionals and students.

Timing
Holding the Fremantle Biennale every two years in November strategically 'brackets' (from a tourism and visitor perspective) the Biennale with Christmas, Perth Festival and Fringe Festival. Hence the 2nd edition of the Biennale was programmed for November 2019. The inaugural Fremantle Biennale event, HIGH TIDE 17, surpassed the expectations of the Biennale team, community and stakeholders in terms of its engagement, activation and impact. The Fremantle Biennale team is thus now well placed to deepen and manage this engagement. The team has worked hard to build strong partnerships with stakeholders, including City of Fremantle, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Ports and WA Maritime Museum to strengthen the cultural profile of Fremantle and create a long-term destination event that attracts national and international visitors, reaches groups that traditionally may not have access to culture, invites community participation, creates sector development opportunities for artists and local and international collaborations. It is important that the second in this 10-year program of the Fremantle Biennale is presented from throughout the month of November to capitalise on the gathering momentum from these strategic partnerships and to meet community and stakeholder expectations.

Governance
Planning for the second Fremantle Biennale started post-HIGH TIDE 17 with extensive feedback from presenting artists and stakeholders via a series of workshops and meetings. A thorough analysis of processes/structures was conducted in conjunction with the City of Fremantle. Subsequently, the Fremantle Biennale Board was incorporated as not-for profit entity with ACNC charity status Additionally an Advisory Board was also created to inform the ongoing development of the Fremantle Biennale. Current Members include Clothilde Bullen, Leigh Robb, and Margaret Moore. Fremantle Biennale's operational team includes Tom Mùller (Artistic Director); Katherine Wilkinson (Program Director); Kate Hulett (Communication and Audience Development Director); Ned Beckley (Contemporary Music Curator); Patrick Beale (Architecture and Landscape Curator), Corine van Hall (Program Advisor) will also manage and advise on program, logistics, approvals, risk management and governance through the City of Fremantle.The Biennale has an office based at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street, Fremantle. Curatorial and project meetings are held weekly to ensure that the Biennale milestones and timeline are achieved.

Acknowledgement of Country
The Fremantle Biennale acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation where our office is located and all Custodians of Country throughout all lands, waters and territories. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future.