Artwalk Freo: artists open home studios for public

Ian de Souza with some of his work.
Artwalk Freo: artists open home studios for public
Ian de Souza with some of his work.

SEVEN studios hosting more than a dozen artists will throw open their doors to the public when Artwalk Freo returns this month.

Art lovers can see for themselves where artists such as Jo Darbyshire, Penny Bovell, Ian de Souza and Eveline Kotai disappear to when the inspiration for their next creation strikes.

Artwalk Freo’s Ros de Souza said the free biennial event had been a big hit among locals and this year it would cover a 4km stretch through suburban Fremantle.

“The second AWF was held in spring 2015 and more than 1000 visitors came through the studios,” she said.

“It was a real buzz to see so many engaged people enjoying their day in the urban streets of Fremantle; parents with kids, mums with prams, people cycling or out walking.

“It offers a unique opportunity for the general public to participate in an aesthetic experience, a feast of the senses really, where they can observe how the host artists’ homes and their |oeuvres intersect.

“The experience is somewhere between an exhibition and an open house, a merging of an artist’s practice with their private spaces.”

Participating artist Annette Seeman said she and her husband were looking forward to meeting new and returning AWF visitors to their new gallery and studio space.

“My partner John and I will both be showing for the first time some of the art works inspired and completed whilst on the NES Residency in Skagastrond Iceland,” she said.

“AWF offers a rare opportunity for the community to visit artists’ studio within their informal domestic space and engage with the artist, their current practice and in most cases purchase or lease artworks directly from the artist.

“As an artist this event offers me a range of insightful and valuable experiences that are quite unique and I look forward to the ongoing evolution of AWF.”

Artwalk Freo is on from 10am to 4pm on May 27 and 28.

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