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The Fremantle Edge

Fremantle on the EDGE is a first time interdisciplinary event being carried out as a forerunner to the establishment of a Creative Arts Biennale to be centred around the historic port City of Fremantle, Western Australia.

The Fremantle Edge


April 15th, 2009

The project brings together internationally renowned Visiting Artists Maria Blaisse and Cocky Eek from the Netherlands, practising art and design staff, together with students from Architecture, Interior Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Product, Jewellery and Graphic Design.

The Fremantle on the Edge programme was launched this week with a three-day intensive workshop programme in the City of Fremantle for 300 staff and students from Curtin University of Technology.

Artists, designers and students will be engaged in the process re-thinking the city’s public, private and commercial places and spaces. These workshops (and subsequent Master classes and presentations) will explore, investigate and re-examine specific sites around the City of Fremantle.

Participants will engage in active experimentation with and manipulation of the spatial and temporal dimensions of the inhabited, urban environment, which makes up this exciting and engaging City.

The project aims to promote the engagement of the local community in dialogue and interaction with the ‘re-visioning’ process and re-examination of ideas about the City of Fremantle.

This will be facilitated through interaction with artists and students involved in a wide range of research activities to be carried out in the streets of the city over the eight-week period of the project.

Artists, designers and students will investigate the city by researching the cultural history, documenting existing scenarios, mapping the city and creating new scenarios.

These activities will culminate in an installation and display of work occupying sites such as shop windows and public spaces throughout the City of Fremantle CBD in early June.

The program is proudly sponsored by the City of Fremantle.

Hero Image: Bamboo Form 2008 – Maria Blaisse The Netherlands




Curtin Univeristy Project Team:

Nancy Spanbroek, Senior Lecturer – Interior Architecture, Department of Architecture + Interior Architecture.
Anne Farren, Lecturer, Fashion + Textile Design, Department of Design.
Dr Lynn Churchill, Senior Lecturer, Department Architecture + Interior Architecture.
Richelle Doney, Lecturer, Department Architecture + Interior Architecture.

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