project: #3

location: Fremantle, aka Freo @ The Fremantle Fibonacci Centre (the fib)

date: 30th March, 2014

type: collaborative painting / music / live art making



Embracing Change took place a short train ride south of Perth in the eclectic harbour town known as Freo. The ocean scented streets guide travelers drifters and locals to the soul of it all. To mouth-watering fish & chips. To Little Creatures taps ever flowing with hops and barley. To an old daunting prison howling out stories and mysteries. To bustling markets.  To street musicians. Artists. Poets. Dwellers. Cafe connoisseurs. Sailors. To endless boats. boxes. and beaches. To seagulls. To sea smells. The soul of this little town is all there, at the end of the blue line. Ride it to the end. To Fremantle Station.


It’s here that John Butler went from busking on street corners to finding his Trio. It’s here that small rooms filled with music lovers saw the likes of Bon Iver and Courtney Barnett before the rest of the world did. And here that street artists and performers outnumber suits & ties. Art is found here. I know because I found it. The first hot sweaty day I wandered the streets lost and bewildered I found art here.


As the old harbour town and my drifting self have changed over the years I thought it no better way to introduce Alley Art to the community than to focus on embracing those changes. A short month of chaotic prep and promo lay out the project’s tracks. Then just like that, we were in motion.  A one day art event would fill our senses. And “change” would fill our minds.


A 2 x 1 meter canvas was stretched and stapled to an old wooden panel. The blank white space lay there. Inviting hands and time to create it’s painted completion. Scattered around the room were tables filled with ambitious local artists. Brushes got dirty. Art was created, discovered, and sold. Musicians set the pulse of the room with buzzing harmonies and bass beats.   mmmm. Tat. mmmm. Tat.   People filed in and out. In and out. It was a flowing pulse of creation.


After over 10 hours of art, music, food, coffee, beers, and conversations a hand full of us remained. We were weary. Exhausted. And maybe a bit delusional. There was not an ounce of creativity left. We had exerted it all. Before the night’s end the last of us sprawled out around the completed community piece to capture still moments of silliness and happiness. Over 60 people had contributed to the painting over those hours. It’s finality showed layers, colors, shapes, words, and patterns. It showed change. and that is all we could have hoped for.

Get Creative, Get Involved, Art IS Everywhere.


artists: Asterical designs . J. Charboneau . Junko Kitamura . John Gronos . Sugar Sweet . maxokoto . Rach Verheggen Art . Kelly Flemming . Jane Patterson . Nas Gadiri

musicians: Melissa North . John Ralph . David Pensa . Michael D. Lane

contributors: Fremantle Fibonacci Centre . Blinco Street Cafe & Gallery . Nude Fude . 60+ community members



Fremantle Prison under bright neon lights.
The port. Endless boats and boxes.


Outside Mojo’s. The best spot in Freo to catch live music.
Bon Iver live in Freo.
John Butler. A Freo Native.
Courtney Barnett. Rocking out in Freo.
Strange sculpture sits on the windows edge. A Fremantle Gallery.
Local Fremantle artists creating at the Alley Art event in the Fib Centre.
The community canvas in creation stage.
Embracing Change. The final touches.


Community painting detail.
Community painting detail.
Community painting detail


Silly selfies after 10 hours of creating.
The finished community painting. Created by 60+ people.



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