Fair Isle | Artist Workshop with Darcy Palladino

Join Darcy Palladino in a workshop interweaving traditional crafting techniques of textile dyeing and quilting with natural materials and local flora gathered from the Perth region.

Darcy Palladino is a local emerging artist, focusing primarily on natural dyeing, patchwork, and quilting. With over a decade of traditional quilting experience, Palladino has spent the last year investigating local flora as a source of textile dye. Through this form of making, she is implored to build on the knowledge possessed by her wider community. Primarily self-taught, Palladino’s practice focusses on knowledge sharing and creating communities of slow-crafters.  

This workshop is presented by DADAA in association with the Fair Isle exhibition. 

FREE | Registration essential | BOOK TICKETS HERE

All equipment and materials provided.

Image: Courtesy Darcy Palladino. 

Fair Isle | Frames of Reference

Frames of Reference is a project about how creative work grows from initial ideas and personal practices, into collectives, groups, and projects larger than were originally imagined.

As a part of the Fair Isle exhibition at DADAA, Semaphore editors Kelly Fliedner and Melissa McGrath will conduct a range of interviews and conversations regarding processes for supporting arts practice in Western Australia. They will record these exchanges and publish the reflections to share the process of ‘thinking through making’ and document local histories and knowledge.

Semaphore is an emerging arts publishing project in the process of reflection and planning for the future. This project focuses on the role that writing plays in the presentation and consideration of artworks and art practices from Western Australia.

This time is intended for any members of the community who would like to come and contribute to the Frames of Reference conversation.

Register your interest via the Facebook event. 

Fair Isle is presented by Perth Festival and DADAA.

Image: Semaphore, Frames of Reference, 2021. Courtesy Kelly Fliedner and Melissa McGrath.

Fair Isle | Tactile & Audio-Described Tours

Fri 26 Mar, 11am (Tactile focussed)

Experience the Fair Isle exhibition at the DADAA Gallery through touch, sound and conversation in an intimate Tactile & Audio-Described Tour led by an experienced DADAA guide and curator Katherine Wilkinson.

FREE | This is a free event made available to people with disability, who are blind or vision impaired, their friends, families and care networks. These tours are intimate experiences and numbers are limited per tour. Bookings essential.

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

Image: Artworks by Clare Peake, Intermediate Pots, 2015 – ongoing, ceramics, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Pixel Poetry. 

Fair Isle | Workshop, I imagine the world in stitches

Artist workshop with Emma Buswell and Mei Swan Lim

Practices of knitting, weaving and sewing have long intertwined the creation of functional objects with gathering and making together. The relevance of these processes endures, through a new generation of makers who continue to come together, using these practices as forms of political commentary and protest, and as a way to renew social and cultural traditions.

Continuing in the maternal hand-craft practices and techniques gifted to them, artists Emma Buswell and Mei Swan Lim use the attentive and slow motions of knitting and weaving to reflect, record and to create steadiness in times of uncertainty. Join the artists in a morning of knitting, weaving and sound, as they talk about their making processes and the significance of place within their work.

This workshop is presented by Perth Festival in association with DADAA as a part of the Fair Isle exhibition.

Emma Buswell is an artist, curator and designer fascinated with systems of government, economies and culture particularly in relation to constructs of place, identity and community. Her current work takes its inspiration from the maternal hand craft and knitting techniques passed down from her grandmother and mother as well as a contemplative investigation into the nature of kitsch, ephemera and national identities. Emma has previously run a variety of artist-run spaces across Perth and Fremantle and has exhibited and curated exhibitions across Australia.

Mei Swan Lim is a practicing sound and visual artist whose work centres on the environmental, emotional and spiritual importance of place, interdisciplinary investigation and cultural storytelling. Her works have appeared at Proximity Festival, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth Festival and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

$10 | BOOK TICKETS HERE

All equipment, materials and light refreshments provided.

Image: Emma Buswell, In July we Resisted, 2020, knitted jumper. Courtesy the artist.

Fair Isle | Tactile & Audio-Described Tours

*NEW DATES ANNOUNCED*

Fri 19 Feb 10.30am and 11.30am (Tactile focussed)

Sat 20 Feb 11am and 12.00pm (Audio-Description & Tactile-focussed)

Experience the Fair Isle exhibition at the DADAA Gallery through touch, sound and conversation in an intimate Tactile & Audio-Described Tour led by an experienced DADAA guide and curator Katherine Wilkinson.

FREE | This is a free event made available to people with disability, who are blind or vision impaired, their friends, families and care networks. These tours are intimate experiences and numbers are limited per tour. Bookings essential.

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

Image: Artworks by Clare Peake, Intermediate Pots, 2015 – ongoing, ceramics, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Pixel Poetry. 

Fair Isle | Artist Talks *postponed*

In response to the Western Australian Government’s COVID-19 announcement on January 31 and the five day lockdown, this event has been postponed. We look forward to advising you of the new date as soon as possible.

Fair Isle honours the quiet activism of a group of West Australian artists whose practices offer space to reflect, resist, and to share their knowledge and relationships to craft, culture and place. Reflecting on a year when attention has been re-focussed on creativity at home, join the Fair Isle artists and curator in a conversation on their making processes, the practices they have revived and the communities they celebrate.

Artists: Emma Buswell, Mei Swan Lim, Angelina Karadada Boona, Joanne Hayward, Bo Wong and Rose Megirian (Wong + Megirian), Melissa McGrath and Kelly Fliedner (Semaphore).

This event will be Auslan Interpreted. 

Presented by Perth Festival in association with DADAA. 

FREE | Registration essential via Eventbrite here.

Image: Wong + Megirian x Liam Kennedy, 2020

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.

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.

Speakers:

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.

Facilitator:

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

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.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
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.