Fremantle Arts Centre

Built by convicts, the Australian Gothic site offers displays & live music, plus a cafe & gift shop. Fremantle Arts Centre is situated at Walyalup on Whadjuk Nyoongar Boodjar. We acknowledge the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners and custodians of these lands and waterways and extend our respect to their Elders, past and present.

The Fremantle Arts Centre is a multi-arts organisation based in a historic building complex on Ord Street in Fremantle, Western Australia. The heritage-listed building complex was built using convict labour between 1861 and 1868 and was used as a psychiatric hospital, initially called the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum, and later known as the Asylum for the Criminally Insane

Housed in a gothic heritage building in Fremantle’s east end, Fremantle Arts Centre is the City of Fremantle’s premier arts service and one of the leading arts organisations in Australia. FAC presents contemporary visual art exhibitions and a varied program of concerts and events from local, national and international artists. With a wide range of art courses for adults and kids, an Artist in Residence program, FOUND Shop which sells the largest range of WA-designed wares, a quaint café and beautiful leafy grounds, there are always plenty of reasons to visit.

FAC’s commitment to supporting local artists is at the heart of all the centre’s programming and activities.

Exhibitions & FAC Print Award
FAC’s exhibitions program presents and commissions work by artists practicing locally, nationally and globally, offering a diverse selection of contemporary art. All FAC exhibitions are free to visit to ensure our visual arts program is accessible and inclusive of everyone.

Every September we unveil the finalists of the FAC Print Award. Established in 1976, the Award is the most prestigious award for printmaking nationally and showcases the best prints and artist books.

View our upcoming exhibitions, past exhibitions or find out how to submit an exhibition proposal.

We offer free and ticketed events year round. The program is incredibly varied, showcasing different artforms and catering to a broad cross section of the community. FAC is a unique venue to enjoy contemporary and classical music, theatre, dance, comedy, opera, film and performance art.

FAC’s South Lawn welcomes high-profile national and international acts throughout the summer months. Our Inner Courtyard, Front Garden and indoor spaces provide more intimate settings for concerts and events.

Every December our Front Garden is home to Bazaar: WA’s Best Maker’s Market, filled with the highest quality WA-designed products.

1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

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