East Fremantle Yacht Club hosting artist’s raft of ideas


Raft has been a welcome and unusual addition to the Swan River.
Raft has been a welcome and unusual addition to the Swan River.

AN artist-run space made from recycled material is floating its way along the Swan River.

The East Fremantle Yacht Club is the current mooring place for Raft, an artist-run space created from recycled material and nestled on top of a pontoon.

Steven Finch has been using the space while it is moored at EFYC, writing poetry, creating new pieces of art and inviting people aboard to talk about the importance of the Swan River to the city while documentary maker Poppy Van Oorde Grainger records his experiences.

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Melbourne-based writer Matt Cornell, who has created a podcast called Wombat Radio, also spent a week aboard the Raft interviewing local artists.

EFYC general manager Michael Brunswick said it had been a great opportunity for members to meet the artists in a unique environment and learn more about what they did.

“As a community club, we feel it beneficial to members as well as the residents in our area that we provide support for this type of initiative and encourage them to participate,” he said.

Raft crewmember Janet Carter said they were grateful for the help and support received from EFYC.

“They were the first yacht club to respond to our request for assistance and have remained enthusiastic and supportive despite working with a group of non-sailors with a craft made out of recycled materials,” she said.

Raft will move on to Elizabeth Quay this week.