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.

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.

Artistic & Sector Development
We support the WA arts sector by developing major new projects from local artists. Our site-responsive approach allows artists to experiment with their practices, and engage with partners, sites and communities they would not otherwise have access to.

Partnerships
Central to our organisational and programming model is the development and long-term engagement with key stakeholders within the wider Fremantle area. It is evidenced that these partnerships serve to strengthen the distinctiveness, cultural profile and scope of the Biennale; create sector and career development opportunities for WA and Australian artists, reach audiences that may not traditionally have access to cultural events; invite community participation; and attract local and national visitors.

Governance
The Fremantle Biennale is supported by an active Board (' Board of Directors), and Advisory Curatorial Committee ('Advisory Board') of national repute with additional expertise in governance, finance and marketing who inform the ongoing development, curatorial, and marketing strategies, governance, and risk management frameworks for the Fremantle Biennale. The Fremantle Biennale Board was incorporated as not-for profit entity with ACNC charity status in 2018. Current Members the Advisory Board include Clothilde Bullen, Leigh Robb, Hannah Mathews, Margaret Moore, Soula Veyradier, Karen Jacobs, Patrick Beale and Grant Revell. The Biennale has an office based at Victoria Hall in Fremantle.

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 UNDERCURRENT 19 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 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.

Origin
Founded in 2017 by Swiss-West Australian Artist, Tom Mùller, in partnership with the City of Fremantle's Arts & Culture Manager, Pete Stone, and Public Art Coordinator, Corine Van Hall, with the intention to expand the artistic and cultural programming beyond the confines of the institutions by providing the general public access to engaging contemporary art at scale, as an incidental experience in response to the notion of place.

Acknowledgement of Country
The Fremantle Biennale strongly resonates with the The Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan which was developed by the City of Fremantle in consultation with Fremantle's Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, local Elders and Aboriginal people and other stakeholders – promoting Aboriginal reconciliation and advancing the values of inclusiveness and equality, its shared vision for Fremantle, embracing Aboriginal culture and heritage, and where Aboriginal people are active collaborators in making decisions and improvements for community wellbeing.
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.