Jack Davies is a 19 year old singer/songwriter based in Fremantle. Influenced by his experience growing up in the vibrant local poetry and music scene, his songs are lyrical and often witty folk tales of suburban Perth.
With a celebrated knack for songwriting and a merry seven person band of folk heroes known as The Bush Chooks, they spend their days serenading the ever few coastal towns of W.A. Their whimsical tunes have certainly tugged at heartstrings because the band came out as winners of the Emerging Artist Award at this year's Nannup Music Festival!
Visual Artist, Project Coordinator and Art Educator, Jodie Davidson of Nature Art focusses on creating artwork inspired by nature. Completing a Bachelor of Visual Art at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia in 2013 she has established an environmentally sustainable practice that includes sculpture, illustration, writing and printmaking. Her first illustrated children’s book was published by the Western Australian Museum in 2014 and her Wearable Art sculpture ‘Discarded Beauty’ was a finalist in the 2017 Mandurah Wearable Art Competition and later exhibited at the Perth Telstra Fashion Awards.
Jodie's community art projects have been installed for major events including 2015 Mandurah Anzac Day Centenary and 2018 Stretch Festival. As an Art Educator for the Gifted and Talented program at Balcatta Senior High School, in community workshops and both local and regional residencies, she encourages an awareness of the environment along with experimentation and creative process.
Hailing from the University of Western Australia, Newby Blues combine perfect harmony with their unique brand of humour and choreography.
Since their formation at St George's College in 2012, this all-male a cappella group have performed at a number of concerts and charity events, toured over east, and performed on live television.
With their voices warmed, suits pressed and bow ties donned, these 14 men serve up a hot musical experience with a hearty dose of Aussie larrikinism. It's an a cappella experience you won't forget!
Bookshop & Story House
Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts is a story house with writers, story tellers & illustrators on hand. With workshops, kids book clubs, book launches, and discussion panels, it is a dynamic cultural hub for the young and young at heart.
Opening their doors in 2016, Paper Bird has found a nest among friends at the historic Moores Building, alongside the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery and Moore & Moore Cafe, on Henry Street in Fremantle.
Having researched and participated in children’s cultural centres across the world, founding Director of Paper Bird, Jennifer Jackson, recognises the value of cities having dedicated arts & literature spaces for children. Bringing children into the inner city through providing dedicated spaces such as playgrounds, and arts centres delivers diversity, a change of pace, a softening of edges, spontaneity and laughter.
Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) is a West Australian performance poet who has created such works as THE 24 HOUR PERFORMANCE POEM. He has performed poetry nationally at Big Sky Writers Festival, NYWF, FringeWorld, Adelaide Fringe, Emerging Writers Festival, Crack Theatre Festival, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and Critical Animals. SPM appears in such anthologies as Out Of The Box, Contemporary Australian Poetry and The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. His poetry, which is experimental and joyous at heart, revolves around themes of queer identity, survival, ecology, family, collective healing and how to inspire others.
Check out @spmpoet on Instagram for daily doses of micropoetry.
Stelarc is a living, breathing piece of Australian art. His projects and performances explore alternate anatomical architectures, interrogating issues of embodiment, agency, identity and the posthuman. Between 1973-1975 he made 3 films showcasing the inside of his body - featuring three metres of visual probes into his stomach, left and right bronchi of his lungs and into his colon. He has performed with a Third Hand, a Stomach Sculpture and Exoskeleton, a 6-legged walking robot. He is surgically constructing and stem-cell growing an ear on his arm that will be electronically augmented and internet enabled.
In his Re-Wired / Re-Mixed performance, for five days, six hours a day he could only see with the eyes of someone in London, hear with the ears of someone in NY, whilst anyone, anywhere could choreograph his exoskeleton arm. From 2013, Stelarc is a Distinguished Research Fellow, Curtin University, Perth. His artwork is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.