Notre Dame proud Principal Partner of Fremantle Biennale

29 October 2019

Fremantle Biennale returns this November, with what promises to be an immersive art experience, and The University of Notre Dame Australia is proud to be a Principal Partner in this celebration of creativity.

The Biennale is a unique event, hosting experimental site-responsive contemporary work from national and international artists. Running from 1 to 24 November, 40 artists will come together to celebrate and reflect on what makes Fremantle such a special place to live, work and play.

After the success of High Tide last year, the Biennale is the second incarnation of the festival and is offering a range of large-scale artworks, installations, performances and group exhibitions on the theme Under Current throughout its four-week run.

Thanks to acclaimed Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, Esplanade Park will be flooded with cascading waves of blue light to simulate rising water levels as part of the Waterlicht installation.

Filmmaker Kelsey Ashe examines the dark and light undercurrents of WA’s historically significant pearling industry with her film ‘Pearls & Blackbirds’.

And the Biannale’s answer to Sculpture by the Sea will trace the Fremantle shoreline as UNIT showcases short-life architectural and landscape installations.

Notre Dame Master of Architecture student Isobel Taylor has a special connection to the UNIT exhibit, having offered her knowledgeable services in the setup of architecture firm Mt Eyk’s ‘Camera Obscura Solus’, one of the 13 architectural and landscape installations.

“I was matched up to Mt Eyk through University,” Isobel says, “we have to do a project for our unit and they just so happened to be part of the Biennale so they said why not this?”

Artistic Director Tom Mùeller said there was a long-term vision for the festival and its cultural impact on Fremantle.

“We want to connect sites to stories, stories to communities and artistry, a find out how together we can create a new appreciation of site and place.”

City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt believes the Fremantle Biennale will put Fremantle on the cultural “world stage”.

For a full program of events, the Biennale map, and more information, check the Fremantle Biennale website.

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