Site Specific Art. Between Land and Sea
The Fremantle Biennale is a unique event, hosting the best in site-responsive art. Situated in new and found sites within Fremantle, the Biennale presents invited local and international artists who respond to and work with the rich landscape that is the tapestry of Fremantle.
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.
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.
The first incarnation of the Fremantle Biennale, HIGH TIDE 17 was sited at the iconic Round House, the Whaler's Tunnel, High St, Cliff St, Mouat St, the Port Authority Building, Bathers Bay, PS Art Space, The University of Notre Dame, The WA Maritime Museum, The Lysaght Atrium (Quest Fremantle), Blank Space (Mills Record Store), and the Princess Chambers Basement (Kakulas Sister).