Creating so much more than art…

Deborah Bonar, Rod Collard, Tim Winmar and I with one of Rod's gorgeous paintings

I was privileged to be invited to Kidogo Arthouse this morning to meet with some of the local Aboriginal contemporary artists who work from there.

I listened to Deborah Bonar, Rod Collard, Tim Winmar (pictured) and Wendy Hayden talk about the important role that the City of Fremantle could play towards reconciliation, and creating a productive and positive future for Aboriginal people in Fremantle.

They told me about how Kidogo’s art course had helped people get out of a rut, drinking in parks and gave them some hope, opportunities to learn and share their stories. It gave them pride and respect.

Kidogo also helps connect contemporary Aboriginal artists with professional opportunities; Deborah and Wendy are both currently working on major commissioned artworks for public buildings in Perth. Continue reading

Anti-social behaiour

Anti-social behaviour problems in Fremantle stem from a range of sources and will not be fixed simply.

Firstly there is the alcohol-fueled stupidity and destruction from patrons attending some of Fremantle’s nightspots. Then there’s the often intimidating behaviour or just plain loud intoxicated disregard shown from those on our streets in the daytime. In both cases the problem is often intoxication – perhaps we need a sobering up centre in town? Continue reading