Fremantle Arts Centre
Housed within an iconic heritage building and beautiful grounds, Fremantle Arts Centre is one of Australia's leading arts organisations. The building’s impressive neo-Gothic facade of local limestone is a Fremantle landmark. It’s a must-see attraction during a visit to Fremantle.
The impressive convict built arts centre dates back to 1864. The historic site was originally the first purpose-built ‘lunatic’ asylum in Western Australia and has since been a women’s home, a naval base during WW1 and WW2 and a technical college before opening as Fremantle Arts Centre in 1972.
Today the Fremantle Arts Centre is a hub of culture with a cutting-edge selection of contemporary arts from practitioners locally, nationally and internationally and a growing residencies program and galleries showing changing exhibitions.
Fremantle Arts Centre is also a premiere venue for Australian and international musicians. A diverse range of acts play year-round, from local bands performing as part of the free courtyard music program (Sunday afternoons 2-4 pm from October through to March), to touring acts on the South Lawn that this summer include Nick Cave, The Waifs and Fast Freddy's Drop.
FOUND at Fremantle Arts Centre presents a carefully sourced selection of Western Australian art, craft, books and design objects. Celebrating both traditional and contemporary techniques, every piece has been handpicked for its quality, design and superb craftsmanship.
For more information and upcoming events visit Fremantle story website.
Visitors can also join the Fremantle Ghostly Tram Tour that runs every Friday night and includes a torchlight tour of Fremantle’s oldest buildings including Fremantle Arts Centre, The Round House and Fremantle Prison.
Open daily 10-5 pm
Subject to change, check website for details.
Disabled access to lower floors
Public toilets (inc disabled access)
Artist in residence
City of Fremantle Art Collection
Courses, workshops and classes
Live music and concerts
Sunday music (Oct-Mar)
WWII time window