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Hames Sharley’s Western Australian studio is excited to be contributing to the Fremantle Biennale throughout the month of November.

Founded in 2017, the Biennale is a citywide contemporary art program that celebrates and builds on Fremantle’s history and reputation as a creative city by showcasing experimental, site-responsive work from a global selection of established and emerging artists and designers.

This year, its 15 new commissions include large-scale artworks, installations, architectural pavilions, performances and group exhibitions, realised in new and found sites across Fremantle. More than 40 local, national and international artists and designers are responding to the history, landscape and communities that make up the maritime city, revealing and celebrating the port’s cultural, social and historical distinctiveness.

Hames Sharley’s contribution is being led by Principal of Planning and Urban Design Nic Temov and Urban Development Portfolio Leader, Chris Maher.

We jumped at the chance to get involved in the UNIT section of the Biennale,” says Nic. “It’s a trail of architectural and landscape installations on 13 waterfront sites within the Victoria Quay, Bathers Beach and Fishing Boat Harbour at Fremantle’s western edge. The sites are located on the ocean side of the original shoreline of this part of the river mouth and form the foundation of the UNIT narrative.

Events like this are a vitally important way of promoting the creative arts, as well as allowing designers to get out of the studio to make and engage with local communities. We are very grateful for the help we’ve received from our sponsors, the Biennale team and all the suppliers for their input knowledge and assistance in this exciting project” added Chris.

For more information visit the Biennale’s website here.