footpath gallery

we love to utilize our windows as a creative outlet.
we’ve filled the window with dirt and grown cheap lawn seed, watching it sprout and grow out of control during spring time (I say cheap because it grew in a lovely shade of fluoro green!!).
one time we had a super 8 film looped over reels ‘floating’ in the window. at night time the projector would play the film so passers-by could engage in a ‘remedy cinema’ experience with a soundtrack of john cale.

every few months we provide the footpath gallery for the public and invite artists to hijack our window space for a few weeks. over the past years we’ve had all sorts of results, from whimsical to political, and everything in between.


footpath gallery has been rested ….

For many years we've supported and promoted the gallery on behalf of artists who have

approached us, and sometimes we've tapped them on the shoulder too. We're no longer

living within close vicinity of two of our stores so that means we aren't able to meet the

artists at odd hours of the day and/or night to assist with setting up their artworks and

displays. Its time for us to rest the footpath gallery for a while.

A huge thanks to the immensely talented people who have contributed over the last 8 years.


let us introduce you to some of our previous contributors....

15 - 29 October 2008: Fluer Schell (as provided by the artist)

fleur schell lives and works from her studio in north fremantle, western australia.

she has been a professional ceramic artist all her adult life and is currently

director of SODA International Residency and Studio’s in North Fremantle.

fleur was raised on a farm in the wheat belt of western australia.

  in  1993 she received a diploma of ceramic art and design at the western australian

school of art and Design. in 1996, she graduated from curtin university

in western australia with a degree in visual art and in 1997 she achieved first class honours

in ceramics at the hobart school of art in tasmania.

fleur ‘s work is in collections throughout australia and overseas and she has

presented in numerous universities and art colleges throughout australia. 

these include the australian national university in canberra, the

royal melbourne institute of technology, the jam factory in adelaide

and the arts academy of the university of ballarat.  in 1991 fleur traveled to

north america to commence teaching at the alberta college of art and design. 

fleur has been artist in residence at the australian national university in canberra,

the alberta college of art and design in canada and the

royal melbourne institute of technology in melbourne.

her work has exhibited etensively throughout australia.


august - september 2008: Leon Hendroff (as provided by the artist)

puppets have been a long time interest of mine ever since a primary 
school drama teacher introduced them to our class. the appeal of 
these animated characters immediately sparked something in my young 
imagination and the interest continued to grow, which led to a nearly 
twenty year association with the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, from 
attending their workshops and performances as a child, to more 
recently running workshops for them.

having trained in graphic design and illustration (of which I still 
practice)  it is an evident influence to my approach in puppetry.

of all the puppetry styles, marionettes have always had a special 
appeal for me, and through a generous gift of a personal collection 
by one of Western Australia's pioneering marionettists (Peter 
Hartland), I've had the opportunity to start with a group of friends 
a miniature theatre to keep this tradition alive.

whether  it be appreciation of puppets as works of art themselves, or 
that they may transport you back to your childhood when the world was 
simpler, may these theatrical figures with their thousands of years 
history, continue to tell their timeless tales of humanity in our 
complex modern world.

i hope that in some way my creations will spark something positive in 
those who behold them.


june to july 2008: gillian t bencke (as provided by artist)


i use old, found, discarded and unused fabric as the basis for my work.

this is a direct response to the uselessness of owning and hoarding – it considers the
power of recycling, rescuing and redistributing. this practice started while living in Paris 2004; each Wednesday evening in a certain district I went ahead of the rubbish trucks as the sweatshops brought out their bins full of fabric from the cutting room floors. i collected interesting off-cuts and started making dolls.

since returning to Australia i found a new source of endless fabric: my mother and
grandmother’s material cupboards. some fabrics unseen for decades, others
with memories of a childhood dress, a nightie or a first pair of summer shorts.
these fabrics are saved from being moth eaten, thrown out in a spring clean or
stored for too long; three generations too long.

my inspiration is from the ordinary and the absurd: a radio program,

an overheard conversation, a tiny passage from a book or the

delicious pastime of people watching.


april 2008 : Amanda Brown

join us during april to celebrate the beautiful photography of the very

talented Amanda Brown. we have teamed up for the Foto Freo photographic

festival. miss it and you will be disappointed. 

"I waited many years to gaze out from the large French windows of café Madeleine onto the square in New Orleans to experience the glorious tastes of endless cups of French coffee and croissants, to wander the galleries, old bookshops and meet the people on the street. Where else in the world can you meet a park ranger called “Bambi”, two people in one day with vampire teeth and a cowboy with a Chihuahua called “Buddy love”. Bomb scare at LA terminal, mugged in New Orleans, shot at on the Navajo reservation, nearly bitten by a rattle snake, watching a huge boulder roll past my leg on the side of a mountain, sitting in Nellie Silks kitchen on the Sioux reservation in Montana listening to her life stories, a man called “Jesus” draped in robes showing me the way to Hollywood...

Sharing of life and dreams with a nation within my heart I dedicate this exhibition to all these people that have touched my life and to the graffiti

artist in Fremantle that with the words “The Wild I tell you was Beautiful”

etched on the pavement a gentle reminder that life can be rather wonderful."


february 2008 : Aedan Howlett


25 year-old emerging artist, Aedan Howlett, based in Fremantle

works out of his Whitegum Valley studio in the Artsource run

complex at 19 Blinco St.

His bold, graphic style in  painted works is obviously influenced

by comic and street art, using movement and colour to create strongly

expressive images.

Lately Aedan has largely been producing acrylic works on canvas and

wood but is always looking to learn different artistic techniques

and mediums. Previously Aedan has worked on steel sculpture,

murals, installations and is now turning his hand to screen

printing amongst other  things.

we can't wait to see what he comes up with for our windows.


Stormie Mills :

Stormie began drawing as a child as a way to express his thoughts, forming a particularly intimate style, which can be seen in the faces of the portraits and depictions of people, which characterise many of his works today.

Commencing with graffiti in the streets around the world, he worked on raw surfaces, creating images with an inherently rich texture to all of his pieces. When he transferred to canvas and other surfaces, he continued to create texture by layering the paint, crafting another dimension to his paintings.

Initially commissioned in Wales in 1988, he returned to Australia in 1991 and has spent the last 12 years working on commissioned paintings and murals throughout Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe.

Having exhibited in numerous group collections, Stormie presented his first solo exhibit in 1999 to critical acclaim, with all of his works selling within the first ten minutes.

As well as being profiled in various international arts publications, his prolific talent was acknowledged in 2002 when he was chosen for the Chromopolis Project as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Greece, as part of a group of international graffiti writers who toured throughout Greece painting large scale public murals.

In the 2002 Perth Art Award, Western Australia’s most prestigious visual art competition Stormie was awarded a commendation for his painting “370 William St”. Stormie was signed to LK Galleries in Australia in 2006 and presented his third solo exhibition in May 2007.

Theo Koning :
At the tender age of 24 this incredibly talented man was selected to participate in the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s “Western Australian Painters and Sculptors”. His works have gained extensive representation in art galleries throughout Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia.

Tanya Schultz :
We joined forces with Tanya for WA’s Artopia 2005. She created a window installation using toy animals, plastic trees and magazine cutouts – contemplating ideas of desire and excess, and our often ambiguous relationship with consumerism.

Andrew Hayim de-Vries :
Most well known for his ‘Homeware’ project at 100 Hubble Street in East Fremantle.
Over 18 years the local arts community, art students, friends and neighbours helped Andrew create his vision of an eclectic, environmentally friendly house made from ‘urban rubble’.
Before Andrew moved from the house he ‘preserved’ the dolls, toys and trinkets from the front fence in various forms of sealed glassware creating new sculptures. They were exhibited at both remedy and the Fremantle Arts Centre with proceeds from the sales going to charity.
His artwork is represented in the following collections: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Holmes-à-Court Collection, Wesfarmers Collection, Artbank and private collections
(Australia and overseas).