Arts and Culture

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.

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ARTTRA - Art transforming Claremont
Public Art
Art Award & Exhibition
Goods Shed
Scribblers Festival
What's On


ARTTRA  - Art Transforming Claremont

6-8 April 2018

ARTTRA | Light Festival will illuminate Claremont Park for three nights this April. 

Specially designed and created light inspired installations and performances will both dazzle and delight as the space is transformed into an interactive outdoor gallery. 

More than 20 artists have been hand-picked to stimulate your senses with interactive projections, vibrant light sculptures and entertaining satellite performances on show throughout the weekend.

Set within our urban camp, the event’s fire-inspired food options will tingle your taste buds. Come enjoy delicious menu items such as wood-fired pizza, barbeques and flame-grilled burgers. Finish the night off with everyone’s favourite toasted marshmallows, making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

This luminescent light festival will be a weekend not to be missed. We invite you to come experience, create and participate at this free, family friendly festival.

ARTTRA 2018 | Light Festival will be from 6:30pm nightly on Friday, 6 April to Sunday, 8 April 2018.


The annual ARTTRA 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

Public Art

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

Last 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.

Dates for the 2018 Art Award & Exhibition will be announced in the coming months. 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.

Goods Shed

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. 

Scribblers Festival

Scribblers Festival is the new literature & arts festival for young people by FORM and Town of Claremont launching in May 2018. 
Storytelling. Characters. Plot twists. Beginnings, middles, and ends. From YA fiction to the children's comic, the new annual festival, Scribblers Festival, has the words and pictures, authors and illustrators to go full volume with young Australians' favourite books.
With a program especially for schools, and lots of activities for families, we’re opening up a whole new chapter in celebrating literature. To view more information, click here.
Scribblers Festival will be held at The Goods Shed and other satellite venues around Claremont. For more information on The Goods Shed, click here.

What's On

Click here to find out about arts events and activities happening in the community.