The Town of Claremont prides itself on developing and fostering art and culture within its local community. The ability to express and celebrate our creativity, identity and history is an integral part of our cultural identity. It is one of the reasons Claremont remains a sought after place to live, work and visit.
Art Transforming Claremont
Art Award & Exhibition
The annual ART TRA Festival saw the streets of Claremont come alive from 2 to 21 April 2017 with experiential pop up galleries, unique artistic talent and fashion runways. Over twenty interactive art installations were scattered across the Town for the festival which included a free concert by Clare Bowditch, comedy and music performances as well as 10-feet tall puppet performances and a sunset cinema. The festival launch in Claremont Quarter Town Square included aerial artists, a light show and a DJ. Other activities throughout the week included lifestyle-focused mini golf, youth activities, a European fashion show and food stalls from a number of Claremont eateries.
Click here to view the 2017 program
ART TRA will be back in April 2018.
View a video on the public murals that took place as part of the 2016 program of art activities.
View a video on the art activities that were staged in the Claremont town centre for the 2016 festival.
Click here for the 2016 Art Transforming Claremont program.
Public art is an integral element of the Town’s vision for Claremont’s cultural identity. As such the Town has committed 1 per cent of the total project cost of new or renovated buildings to public art. It has also encouraged private developers to contribute to the installation of public art via its Town planning process. The installation of two new public art works in the revitalized Avion Way in the Claremont Town Centre is an example of the Town’s ongoing commitment.
2017 Art Award & Exhibition
Saturday 16 September to Saturday 30 September
This year’s Art Award & Exhibition had 225 entries from which 68 were selected for exhibition. The winning piece was by sculptor, Yuko Takahashi for her piece “Migration”. The judges commended Ms Takahashi for her highly engaging piece which they said reinvented the strong tradition of origami in a contemporary setting. The first prize for the Awards is $5000 and the sculpture will now become a part of the Town’s art collection.
Second place prize of $2500 went to artist Lyn Franke, with her piece Melaleucas – Canal Rock Road. Third place prize of $1500 was awarded to Jamie Arkeveld for his painting of Agett Road, Claremont. The Local Artist award of $500 was presented to Lyn Merrington for her work, Chester Road.
To enter artists must be aged 16 or over and reside in Western Australia. Entries are encouraged from all artists, whether they are local residents, emerging talent or established artists. Accepted mediums are Acrylic, Oil, Print, Watercolour, Mixed Media, Pastel, Textile, Work on Paper and Sculpture.
Initiatives such as FORM and LandCorp’s The Goods Shed project provide our community with a usable multi-purpose space. Located behind the Station Masters House in Claremont, the heritage railway building has been transformed into a creative space used for exhibitions, installations and commissions; for artist and thinker residencies; for community activity and exchange.
to find out about arts events and activities happening in the community.