City of Fremantle art collection
The City of Fremantle Art Collection was established in 1958, and is the largest municipal art collection in Western Australia.The collection has holdings of paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics and sculpture, which catalog the development of artists and visual arts practice in Fremantle over the past thirty years. It is also a record of the evolution of the Fremantle Arts Centre as a national centre for exhibition of innovative visual arts practice.
The collection, with over 1,300 pieces, caputures the cultural diversity of the Fremantle community.
The collection has works of historical and contemporary significance including substantial holdings of paintings by Kathleen O'Connor and sculpture by Akio Makigawa, in addition to early works by established Fremantle artists. We also have holdings of Western Australian and Australian prints of national significance, which include award winning works from the Fremantle Print Awards.
The continued acquisition of works created by artists who live or work in Fremantle, or art which reflects or is inspired by activities in Fremantle, maintains a strong link to the community. The collection also acquires works which will build upon the strengths in its existing holdings of contemporary Australian prints and Western Australian ceramics.
The City of Fremantle Art Collection is managed by professionally trained staff who are responsible for of maintaining high standards of management, conservation of the collection, and making recommendations on acquisitions and de-accessioning of works.
The City of Fremantle develops its collection holdings in accordance with current museum practice and employs significance assessment criteria developed by the Heritage Collections Council. The City's Collections Policy complies with the terms and principles of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986, and the acquisition guidelines and statement on ethics by Museums Australia.
For information about the collection and to view the current exhibition program please click on this link to be redirected to the Fremantle Arts Centre website.
Public Art Collection
The City of Fremantle has a public art collection of 50 works situated throughout the parks, streets, beaches and city squares in Fremantle.
To view the City of Fremantle public art policy click here.
To view the City of Fremantle public art plan click here.
Community initiated art application forms
If you wish to install a mural or public artwork in Fremantle, you must complete one of the two forms below. You are encouraged to contact the public art coordinator on 08 9432 9571 before completing the form, for advise and guidance.
Community initiated public art application form
Community initiated mural application form