Artist Open House Fremantle 2015 // WA

Artist Open House Fremantle 2015 artist Leila Jeffreys with Ivy the Barn Owl - Last year, I accompanied Jeffreys on a shoot at the Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre in Margaret River, where Ivy lives and I highly recommend a visit to anyone heading to the South West to meet her and her feathered friends! Photo Bo Wong

Artist Open House Fremantle 2015 artist Leila Jeffreys with Ivy the Barn Owl, who lives at the wonderful Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre in Margaret River. Photo Bo Wong

A selection of ceramic vessels by Dale Frances of Mad Harriet will be for sale as part of Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong.

A selection of ceramic vessels by Dale Frances of Mad Harriet will be for sale as part of Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong.

I’m going to take a punt and say most Design Satellite readers are fairly confident gallery hoppers, they know how to snatch two canapés at once without looking greedy and which galleries charge for drinks (it’s not just me is it?). Unfortunately, knowing people with this skill set is not always aligned with making sales and reaching new markets with your artwork. Being a master at pretending you don’t care whether your work sells or not gets a little tired when your non-artist friends start buying houses and you’re cleaning the bathroom fan for another rent inspection (again, not just me?). The arts industry knows there’s a disconnect between the general public and galleries, so how can we put art into a context that appeals to the faceless but all powerful ‘general public’ ?

Enter Artist Open House Fremantle with PR dynamo and South Fremantle resident Cathrina Read. Having seen an event in Brighton, England where art was sold from the walls of private homes, modification and expansion of this idea for Fremantle began at her kitchen table with a laptop, an open ear and a rallying cry to her friends in the neighbourhood. Last year’s inaugural AOHF turned over $145,000 in artworks and saw 3000 people through the doors of her and her neighbour’s houses. Not bad for a first time event with just a handful of locals putting the wind in its sails. Now with two walking trails, expanded local business involvement, a stronger emphasis on design and the new addition of the Styled House, AOHF 15 has already captured the hive mind of the ‘general public’ and the insatiable appetite of the homes and interiors market, all peppered with some good ol’ fashioned sticky-beaking. You can always just plant yourself on someones couch or check out their bathroom soap (not just me, I know it!) when the visual stimulation reaches fever pitch. Or walk 2 minutes to the next house. Or stop for coffee at the AOHF headquarters at Ootong and Lincoln. There are 37 artists over 7 houses, all within a few minutes walk from each other, so no need for your joggers, wear your best threads – why not!

Any list of 37 artists is bound to have a few people I’ve photographed in it so I’ve added a few artist’s portraits to today’s feature, so you’ll know who to chat to when you get there. Enjoy!

2011#9 (Road Picture) by Giles Hohnen from a previous exhibition. Hohnen will be exhibiting new work as part of Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong // Mark Howlett Foundation

2011#9 (Road Picture) by Giles Hohnen from a previous exhibition. Hohnen will be exhibiting new work as part of Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong // Mark Howlett Foundation

Some of Emma Lipscombe.’s previously exhibited work. Lipscombe is exhibiting new work at this year’s Artist Open House Fremantle 2015.  Photo Bo Wong, styling Cathrina Read.

Some of Emma Lipscombe’s previously exhibited work. Lipscombe is exhibiting new work at this year’s Artist Open House Fremantle. Photo Bo Wong, styling Cathrina Read.

Kitchen and dining area of architects Yun Nie Chong and Patrick Kosky's home in Fremantle, WA, which is one of the homes open for Artist Open House Fremantle 2015.  Light is by Bruce Rowe from Anchor Ceramics. Table by Squarepeg Home and cabinetry by Raw Edge Furniture, both of whom will be showing their work as part of the Styled House. Photo Bo Wong

Kitchen and dining area of architects Yun Nie Chong and Patrick Kosky’s home in Fremantle, WA, which is one of the homes open for Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Light is by Bruce Rowe from Anchor Ceramics. Table by Squarepeg Home and cabinetry by Raw Edge Furniture, both of whom will be showing their work as part of the Styled House. Photo Bo Wong

Leila Jeffreys will be exhibiting new prints this year for Artist Open House Fremantle 2015 and her beautiful new book, Birdland will also be available in limited numbers. Photo Bo Wong, styling Cathrina Read.

Leila Jeffreys will be exhibiting new prints this year for Artist Open House Fremantle 2015 and her beautiful new book, Birdland will also be available in limited numbers. Photo Bo Wong, styling Cathrina Read.

 Leila Jeffreys' recently launched book, Birdland will be available in limited amounts at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015.

Leila Jeffreys’ new book, Birdland will be available in limited amounts at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015.

The Fremantle home of artist Leonie Mansbridge, who is not only an exhibiting artist at this year's Artist Open House Fremantle 2015, but is also opening this beautiful and unique home to the public. Photo Bo Wong // Philip Stejskal Architecture

The Fremantle home of artist Leonie Mansbridge, who is not only an exhibiting artist at this year’s Artist Open House Fremantle 2015, but is also opening this beautiful and unique home to the public. Photo Bo Wong // Philip Stejskal Architecture

Part of the Parihaka Series by Leonie Mansbridge who will be exhibiting these works and many more as well as opening her incredible home at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015.  Photo Bo Wong

Part of the Parihaka Series by Leonie Mansbridge who will be exhibiting these works and many more as well as opening her incredible home at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong

Ceramicist Dale Frances of Mad Harriet in her Fremantle studio, where she's been busy getting her beautiful vessels ready for Artist Open House Fremantle 2015.  Photo Bo Wong

Ceramicist Dale Frances of Mad Harriet in her Fremantle studio, where she’s been busy getting her beautiful vessels ready for Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong

Detail of platters by ceramicist Dale Frances of Mad Harriet who will be showing her work at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015.  Photo Bo Wong

Detail of platters by ceramicist Dale Frances of Mad Harriet who will be showing her work at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong

Artist Open House Fremantle 2015 artist Jo Darvall will be exhibiting new work in the Styled House at the event. Photo Bo Wong

Artist Open House Fremantle 2015 artist Jo Darvall will be exhibiting new work in the Styled House at the event. Photo Bo Wong

An encaustic monoprint from Jo Darvall's 2013 Gemstones and Millstreams series, one of her previous exhibitions. Darvall will be exhibiting new work in the Styled House at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong.

An encaustic monoprint from Jo Darvall’s 2013 Gemstones and Millstreams series, one of her previous exhibitions. Darvall will be exhibiting new work in the Styled House at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. Photo Bo Wong.

Furniture designer/maker Nathan Day in his Yallingup workshop, whose work will be at the Styled House at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. You can read more about Day in the Design Satellite feature story. Photo Bo Wong // Design Satellite

Furniture designer/maker Nathan Day in his Yallingup workshop, whose work will be at the Styled House at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. You can read more about Day in the Design Satellite feature story. Photo Bo Wong // Design Satellite

Wonton stools by Nathan Day will be available at the Styled House at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. See more about Nathan Day in his Design Satellite feature story. Photo Bo Wong

Wonton stools by Nathan Day will be available at the Styled House at Artist Open House Fremantle 2015. See more about Nathan Day in his Design Satellite feature story. Photo Bo Wong

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