Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival 2020

The coolest comedy short film festival is back with its 22ndedition! The theme of this year’s program is  Scrambled! and includes 14 films from across Australia and the world including, for the first time, Holland, South Africa and Brazil.

Over the Fence aims to celebrate new and independent filmmakers, their comic masterpieces and their ability to make comedy-loving audiences laugh or smile. They are committed to encouraging and stimulating comedy film production worldwide, and to producing a festival which celebrates, entertains and inspires through comedy across a wide variety of filmmaking styles and genres.

Click here to view the program 

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Tactile & Audio-Described Tour | In Record Time

Join us at the DADAA Fremantle Gallery for a Tactile & Audio-Described Tour for the latest exhibition In record time.

In record time brings together the practices of five Australian artists in a conversation on art, labour and circumstance. Considering how artists record, mark and structure their daily labour, this exhibition, includes new commissions and past works in ceramics, drawing, installation and kinetic sculpture.

Join exhibiting artists and curator Katherine Wilkinson, alongside an experienced DADAA guide, to share insights into the exhibition and the making of each artwork. 

This is a free event made available to people who are blind or vision impaired, their friends, families and support networks. This event offers a new way to experience this exhibition, orientated through touch, sound and conversation. 

For information and bookings | contact Jacqueline Homer on 0400 111 018 or jacqueline@dadaa.org.au  

Image: Roch Dziewialtowski-Gintowt, Untitled (year unknown), pencil on paper. Photo: Pixel Poetry.

No Fixed Address | Object for Anti-Gentrification

Object for anti-gentrification is a temporary public artwork presented as a part of DADAA’s No Fixed Address project, a year-long collaboration with Perth contemporary artists and the community from St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, a NGO in Fremantle’s East End which supports those who are experiencing homelessness.

Developed by artist Tanya Lee, Object for anti-gentrification reflects on the ways that Queen Victoria Street in the East End is rapidly gentrifying around the St Pat’s hub.

Public art’s role in the gentrification of public spaces is often a questionable one, masking the way that spaces are demarcated for certain communities while displacing and excluding others. Public art structures can act as both territorial stakes in the ground and also decoys which draw attention way from the lack of inclusivity urban redevelopment can usher in. 

As St Pat’s YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard!) movement champions, social housing is important for every city, every new development and every community. 

Based on duck hunting blinds and bunkers, tactics the artist learned from the St Pat’s community, and in opposition to many of the CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles employed by city councils, this artwork playfully antagonises the dynamics of the changing streetscape. 

Find, follow and step into the bunker to survey Queen Victoria Street and its users.

18 February – 26 February | Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle > MAP HERE


Tanya Lee is a Western Australian artist based in Perth. Her cross-disciplinary practice works across sculpture, performance and drawing. Lee’s often-humorous work constructs incongruous, farcical and even futile narratives that subvert the protocols and politics of every day social environments.

Lee’s studies included a year as a visiting scholar at the École Nationale Supérieur d’Art de Dijon (ENSAD) in Dijon, France, before completing her MA in Visual Art at Curtin University of Technology in 2009. 

No Fixed Address is presented in partnership with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Photo: Yvonne Doherty

Cheeky Dogs | Opening Night

Camp dogs, town dogs, fast dogs, playful dogs, long-legged dogs, short-tailed dogs, long-snouted dogs, short-eared dogs, happy dogs, and of course dangerous or Cheeky Dogs. Dion Beasley’s exhibition has opened and we’re celebrating with a party!

Dion Beasley is an Alywarr artist who lives in Tennant Creek. His artwork and Cheeky Dogs books are renowned worldwide, and in 2019 he was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts’ inaugural National Arts and Disability Award for an Emerging Artist. 

Beasley’s art and his award-winning books portray in vivid detail his life in the Northern Territory and the dogs that are characteristic of many remote communities. Presented by Perth Festival and DADAA in association with Salon Art Projects, this exhibition of prints and drawings captures Beasley’s fascination with these dogs and his distinct approach to mapping place.

To be opened by Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Deputy Chair, Australia Council Board

Exhibition opening night | Friday February 21, 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition runs | February 7 – April 1
DADAA Fremantle Gallery
92 Adelaide St, Fremantle
Opening hours Tues – Sat, 10am – 4pm

More information | www.perthfestival.com.au/event/cheeky-dogs

Dion Beasley will also be appearing with writer Johanna Bell as part of the Perth Festival Literature and Ideas program. Details here.

image: Dion Beasley, untitled, pencil and graphite on paper, 27 x 41 cm

No Fixed Address | Public Panel

As the built landscape of Fremantle’s East End begins to change, this public panel will bring together social impact researchers, urban planning experts, the St Pat’s community and artists to discuss the importance of social housing and building diversity in our urban centres.

This panel is presented as a part of DADAA’s No Fixed Address, a collaborative project between Perth contemporary artists, filmmakers and the St Pat’s community, based in Fremantle’s East End. Exploring themes of resilience, adaptation and displacement, No Fixed Address responds to the social and built environments of this radically changing part of the city and the significant role St Pat’s holds within our community.


Dr Mariana Atkins (Research Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia and the UWA Living Lab). Mariana holds a PhD in Geography and Planning from UWA, a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. She has worked in research and planning across various developed and developing countries and has an interest in how the design of cities impacts on social life, active participation and social connection as we age.

Dr Holly Farley (Research Fellow, Fremantle School of Architecture, The University of Notre Dame Australia). Holly holds a PhD in Architecture and Anthropology from Curtin University and a Master of Architecture from Deakin University. Her research focuses on lived experience and architectural design for culturally inclusive built environments. She works with co-design and co-research methods.

Dr Shane Greive (Urban and Regional Planning, School of Design and Built Environment, Curtin University). Shane is a planning academic within the School of Design and Built Environment, at Curtin University. His research and teaching activities include central city planning, economic development, and housing. Outside of the university setting, Shane was employed as an urban planner in local government in Australia, UK and the USA. He has a long term association with Foundation Housing, a not-for-profit community housing provider and developer.

Michael Piu (CEO, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre) has had an almost 20 year association with the homelessness sector, and over 10 years working with St Patrick’s. Michael has degrees in Social Sciences and Law, and worked as a lawyer prior to joining St Patrick’s. Michael is passionate about breaking down the stereotypes surrounding poverty and homelessness in Western Australia; and advocating the importance of collaboration amongst all sectors of our community in working towards the goal of ending homelessness. To this end he is actively involved in a number of collaborations including the WA Alliance to End Homelessness, and the boards of peak bodies including Shelter WA, and the WA Council of Social Services, and locally, is the Chair of Imagined Futures, a collective social impact collaboration involving all tiers of government, NGOs and the broader community.

Heather Thompson (Senior Assertive Outreach Worker, 20 Lives 20 Homes Program, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre). Heather has worked in the Community Service sector for 16 years in a number of areas such as Mental Health Non-clinical support, Youth Drug and Alcohol, Family and Domestic Violence and Homelessness. She has been with  St Patrick’s Community Support Centre  for the past 10 years and is passionate about the work she does with those experiencing homelessness in the community.


Lisette Kaleveld (Senior Consultant at the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia). Lisette has a background in anthropology, journalism, social research and evaluation. Her experience spans the arts sector, early years education, mental health and homelessness, and she has an interest in working with the lived experience voice to uncover blind spots without our systems, and to shape policy to be better able to respond to complex social problems.

FREE | RSVP essential https://bit.ly/2QwdepP

Refreshments provided. The No Fixed Address exhibition will be open from 5pm.

Image: Hannan Jones, Of an address, 2019, laser cut concrete slab. Installation view, No Fixed Address, DADAA Fremantle Gallery, photo: Jessica Wyld Photography, 2019

Artlink Holiday Program | Summer 2020


Option 1. Make Your Own Musical Instruments and Movement workshop
Unleash your creativity and get crafty. Guided by experienced performances makers, make your own upcycled musical instrument and be part of an ensemble exploring voice, sound and movement.

Option 2. Circus Workshop
In partnership with Circus WA, this program will explore circus skills, slapstick comedy, clowning and physical theatre. Tailored to your own abilities, these workshops are guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun with something for everyone.

Bookings essential | Fees apply

NDIS-registered participants are encouraged to book, with a limited number of sponsored spaces available for those who are not NDIS registered.


January 14, 15 and 17 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
1pm – 3pm | 8 to 12 year olds
4pm – 6pm | 13 to 18 year olds


Option 1
DADAA Fremantle
Old Fremantle Boys’ School
92 Adelaide St

Option 2
The Freo Big Top
90 Adelaide St
Fremantle (next to DADAA Fremantle)

For bookings and more information contact Ivan Hui: ivan@dadaa.org.au  or 08 9430 6616

Carpe Noctem Walking Tour

The streets after dark are places of adventure and wonder. Let’s make them ours!

Carpe Noctem is a night walking tour created by artist Janet Carter. Presented by DADAA for the No Fixed Address project, this tour through Fremantle’s East End will address our fears of walking at night and interrogate who has the right to occupy urban spaces after dark.

Saturday 30 November and Monday 9 December, 8 – 10pm

Meeting Point: DADAA Fremantle Gallery

FREE | Bookings essential | TICKETS

ACCESS | This is a walking tour which will require participants to walk for approximately 1 hour. Please wear comfortable shoes. If you have any accessibility requirements or questions please contact DADAAA, info@dadaa.org.au.

Janet Carter’s practice embraces a range of practices and forms, including drawing, sculpture, performance, new media and installations. Since her involvement the Proximity Festival in 2012, she has been focused on creating collaborative, non-gallery based, transient participatory works that are concerned with building resilience in an increasingly precarious world. Her current work is concerned with unravelling conceptions around gender, sexuality, desire and embodied identity, with regard to how they impact vulnerable minorities.

Photo: Cam Campbell.

Artist talk: George Khut, Contemplative Interactions

Join us to hear artist George Khut discuss his current show at DADAA’s Fremantle Gallery, Contemplative Interactions, as well as his broader practice.

George Khut is a new media artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art and arts-in-health. He lectures in art and interaction design at UNSW Art & Design (University of New South Wales, Faculty of Art & Design).

His practice focusses on intimate body-focused artwork experiences which use immersive electronic soundscapes and visuals to respond to moment-to-moment changes in participating audiences’ nervous systems.

Presented as an interactive live laboratory, Contemplative Interactions invites us to reflect on the creative and transformative potential of artworks that trace the quality of our attention, breathing and emotional orientation.

If you have accessibility requirements, please email jacqueline@dadaa.org.au

Audio Described Tour | Contemplative Interactions

A verbal descriptive tour for visitors who are blind or vision impaired of Contemplative Interactions an exhibition at the DADAA Fremantle Gallery. A trained guide delivers descriptions of the visual elements of artworks in the show, along with other sound and haptic opportunities and experiences with the artworks.

FREE | Bookings Essential*

*This tour is only open to visitors who are blind or vision impaired (and their friends and families).

Bookings: email Jacqueline at DADAA.


Exhibition Details | George Khut: Contemplative Interactions
25 October  – 9 November 2019

An exhibition of interactive and participatory artworks by pioneering new media artist George Khut.

Exploring the connections between thinking, feeling and being, Contemplative Interactions brings together two layered and deeply meditative electronic artworks. Khut’s works are intimate body-focused artwork experiences that use immersive electronic soundscapes and visuals which respond to moment-to-moment changes in participating audiences’ nervous systems. Continuing his long-standing fascination with mind and body-focused contemplative practices Khut invites us to reflect on the creative and transformative potential of artworks that trace the quality of our attention, breathing and emotional orientation.

Photo: George Khut, Behind Your Eyes, Between Your Ears (Georgia), 2015, still image from brainwave-controlled video portrait, Liveworks, Performance Space, Redfern. Courtesy of the artist.

Contemplative Interactions

Join us for the opening exhibition at the new DADAA Fremantle Gallery. 

Contemplative Interactions is an exhibition of  immersive and participatory artworks by pioneering new media artist George Khut, exploring the connections between thinking, feeling and being.

Presented as the opening exhibition for the DADAA Fremantle Gallery as a part of the 2019 Fremantle Biennale, Khut’s immersive electronic artworks will explore the creative and transformative potential of contemplative practices.

Opening Night
Thursday, 24 October, 6 – 8pm

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Exhibition Continues
Saturday, 8 November

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Photo: George Khut, Behind Your Eyes, Between Your Ears (Charlie, Georgia), 2015, still image from brainwave-controlled video portrait, Liveworks, Performance Space, Redfern. Courtesy of the artist.