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Felice Varini, Arcs d'√Čllipses (2017).
Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Robert Frith.


Daan Roosegaarde, Waterlicht Fremantle (2019).
Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright.


The Fremantle Biennale is a unique art event hosting the best in site-responsive art. Situated in new and found sites within Fremantle (Western Australia), The Biennale presents invited Australian and international artists who respond to and work with the history, landscape and communities that make-up the rich tapestry of Fremantle.

The Fremantle Biennale creates a platform for the development and presentation of nationally and internationally recognised and experimental site-responsive contemporary art practices; promotes cultural dialogues and exchange of ideas through a program of local, national and international artists, intersecting with our audiences and visitors; reveal, interrogate and celebrate the cultural, social and historical distinctiveness of Fremantle.

Kayako Nakashima, Sleeping with the Sun (2019)
Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright.

Home to the traditional Nyoongar owners, Fremantle's location on the edge of the Indian Ocean is a trade hub with an idiosyncratic and colourful history. Fremantle's European history dates to1828 with the town since clinging to the limestone in the face of the roaring South Westerly (the Fremantle Doctor). Growing through mineral resource booms and busts, the wonderful cultural mix layered by migrant flows has laid the foundations of a creative town with a history of galleries and studios and one of the best cafe, pub and music scenes anywhere.

Kelsey Ashe, Pearls & Blackbirds(2019).
Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright


The Fremantle Biennale adds to this history, commissioning ephemeral site-specific work which responds to the transience and transitional flow of a port town. The Biennale presents a distinct visual arts program that builds on Fremantle's reputation as a creative city.

Bennett Miller, Behavioural Ecologies (Red) (2019)
Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright.


Lawrence English, Standing Wave (2019)
Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright

Sam Bloor, The Billboard Project(2019)
Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright


The Undercurrent Choir, Ebb & Flow (2019)
Courtesy of the artists and Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright.

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