Out and About
Sculpture @ Bathers Beach
Updated: Dec 25, 2022
In February (2020) Bather's Beach in Fremantle hosted the Sculpture at Bather's Beach exhibition. Although on a smaller scale than Cottesloe's Sculptures by the Sea there were still plenty of original artworks to see on the beach and around nearby Kidogo Arthouse.
We entered Bather's Beach via the Old Whaler's Tunnel under the Round House. You can read about the history of shipwrecks and whalers as you pass through.
Bather's Beach is a small beach but there were plenty of sculptures to look at.
Kidogo Arthouse is in the heritage-listed Old Kerosene Store, built in 1884. There are numerous interpretive signs situated around the building detailing this unique part of Freo history.
The grassed area outside Kidogo Arthouse was also popping with artworks.
You can also see the remains of the Long Jetty. The Long Jetty was built in the late 1800's and meant that goods could be offloaded directly from the ships rather than being brought to shore on barges. It was a terrible location for a jetty though and when the inner harbour was opened in 1897 the jetty became obsolete. In the early 1900's sea baths were constructed, separated into men's and women's sections.
It is nice to see that Bella has returned to Bathers Beach after being stolen.
Sculpture at Bathers is a biennial event so should return in 2022.
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In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.