FORM opens The Goods Shed with The Core exhibition


Karim Jabbari, Bewley Shaylor and Chad Peacock.
Karim Jabbari, Bewley Shaylor and Chad Peacock.

YOU would be forgiven for not having ever given The Goods Shed at Claremont train station a second glance.

One of WA’s oldest surviving railways buildings, the 1897-built structure has been dormant for a decade following its heyday in the early 1900s for freight storage and a point of collection between Fremantle and Perth.

Non-profit cultural organisation FORM, in partnership with LandCorp, has restored the building; transforming it into Perth’s newest project space to create a hub for installations, artists, residencies, speaker forums, community activities and the exchange of creative ideas.

It officially opened on August 4 with inaugural exhibition The Core, connecting the talent of Tunisian calligraphy and lightgraff artist Karim Jabbari with local photographers Chad Peacock and Bewley Shaylor.

The images were created earlier this year during Jabbari’s PUBLIC residency in the Great Southern for FORM and feature photographs of dramatic landscapes in the region with Jabbari’s lightgraff works inspired by old Arabic scriptures.

“Light painting is a mix between long exposure photography and light,” Jabbari said.

“I’m using a light source to write in the space and the result is instant; it’s not photoshopped. The photo comes out of the camera as you see it.

“My work is about building (cultural) bridges, which comes through introducing the beauty of Arabic scriptures to people.”

Shaylor has lived on Claremont Crescent his entire life, just 100m from The Goods Shed on land that was once his grandparent’s dairy farm.

“There were three dairies along Claremont Crescent then and Pop used to deliver milk on his horse-drawn cart,” Shaylor said.

“He also used to load up his horse and cart from The Goods Shed.

“Pop’s brother used to live on First Avenue and that’s where they would milk the cows; they used to have the cows roaming around Butler’s Swamp.”

Shaylor said it was great to see culture and arts being brought into Claremont.

“From the inception of being told about it, I just knew it had to be good,” he said.

“I think we’ve been culturally void here and Fremantle has been the place where all the artists have tended to congregate.

“Claremont really hasn’t had a reputation in recent times for much other than shopping.”

He said it had been a joy to work with Jabbari, who was “an inspiring artist with a charismatic persona”.

The Core is showing until August 31.