1st August – 20th September

Panacea: The City of Fremantle Art Collection and a Response to Covid19 @ FAC

Panacea is a major exhibition, drawn from the City of Fremantle Art Collection, offering each of us some personal solace as we experience the worldwide shock and disruption of COVID19.

Through thoughtful curation Panacea, from the Greek word meaning ‘a universal remedy’, is FAC’s invitation to the community to reflect and find restorative and optimistic human moments at this time of uncertainty.

Panacea comprises 148 works by 70 artists selected from the City’s Art Collection and includes paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, prints and video. FAC curators André Lipscombe and Ric Spencer present Panacea as a journey through FAC’s spaces, a constructed narrative from home life to isolation, to re-emerging into an altered social world.

The exhibition brings together significant historical and contemporary artworks by WA artists including Marcus Beilby, Penny Bovell, Sharyn Egan, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Eveline Kotai, Jane Martin, Brian McKay, Kathleen O’Connor and Ken Wadrop.

Photographs are also prominent with inclusion of important works by WA photographers, Christine Gosfield and Graham Miller and a series of artist portraits by Brad Rimmer and Tom Gibbons.

Also included are several winning works from the prestigious Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award by national artists such as Mike Parr and Keith Cowlam, as well as numerous examples of ceramics by WA ceramicists, including Sandra Black, Maria Phillips and Gary Zeck.

The City’s Collection The City of Fremantle Art Collection is grounded in the story of Fremantle, where artists have always chosen to work and live. It is the largest municipal collection in the state. Over five decades the collection has grown to over 1,500 pieces including paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs and WA ceramics.

The majority of the artworks both reflect and reveal Fremantle life – its people, relationships, work, culture, politics, social rituals, conflict and leisure time.

Exhibition runs Sat 1 Aug – Sun 20 Sep | Free entry


1 Finnerty Street
Western Australia