Housed within an iconic heritage building and beautiful grounds, Fremantle Arts Centre is the City of Fremantle's premier arts service and one of the leading arts organisations nationwide. Visit for free exhibitions, a shop selling the finest WA hand-made wares, an expansive live music program, arts courses, special events and an idyllic café. Open 7 days.
Located on Finnerty Street, Fremantle, the historic site was originally the first purpose-built 'lunatic' asylum in WA. It has since been a women's home, a naval base during WWI and WWII and a technical college, before opening as Freemantle Arts Centre in 1972.
The Exhibitions team manage a cutting-edge selection of contemporary arts from practitioners locally, nationally and internationally, with a growing Residencies program running alongside.
The Learning program is a cornerstone of FAC's operations; over 1,000 students enroll each term. Tailored to all abilities from absolute beginners to experienced art practitioners, courses run on weekdays, weekends and evenings. There's also a dedicated school holiday program for kids.
In recent years, FAC has become a premier venue for Australian and international musicians. A diverse range of acts play year-round, from local bands on Sunday afternoons in summer's Sunday Music, to touring acts on the South Lawn such as Nick Cave, Paul Kelly and Elvis Costello.