Clare­mont to the fore

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life -

Fre­man­tle and Perth.

Not-for-profit cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion FORM, in part­ner­ship with LandCorp, has re­stored the build­ing; trans­form­ing it into Perth’s new­est pro­ject space to cre­ate a hub for in­stal­la­tions, artists, res­i­den­cies, speaker fo­rums, com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­change of creative ideas.

It of­fi­cially opened on Au­gust 4 with in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion The Core, con­nect­ing the tal­ent of Tu­nisian cal­lig­ra­phy and light­graff artist Karim Jab­bari with lo­cal photographers Chad Pea­cock and Bew­ley Shay­lor.

The im­ages were cre­ated ear­lier this year dur­ing Jab­bari’s PUB­LIC res­i­dency in the Great South­ern for FORM and fea­ture pho­to­graphs of dra­matic land­scapes in the re­gion with Jab­bari’s light­graff works in­spired by old Ara­bic scrip­tures.

“Light paint­ing is a mix be­tween long ex­po­sure pho­tog­ra­phy and light,” Jab­bari said.

“I’m us­ing a light source to write in the space and the re­sult is in­stant; it’s not pho­to­shopped. The photo comes out of the cam­era as you see it.

“My work is about build­ing (cul­tural) bridges, which comes through in­tro­duc­ing the beauty of Ara­bic scrip­tures to peo­ple.”

Shay­lor has lived on Clare­mont Cres­cent his en­tire life, just 100m from The Goods Shed on land that was once his grand­par­ent’s dairy farm.

“There were three dairies along Clare­mont Cres­cent then and Pop used to de­liver milk on his horse­drawn cart,” Shay­lor said. “He also used to load up his horse and cart from The Goods Shed.

“Pop’s brother used to live on First Av­enue and that’s where they would milk the cows; they used to have the cows roam­ing around But­ler’s Swamp.”

Shay­lor said it was great to see cul­ture and arts be­ing brought into Clare­mont.

“From the in­cep­tion of be­ing told about it, I just knew it had to be good,” he said.

“I think we’ve been cul­tur­ally void here and Fre­man­tle has been the place where all the artists have tended to con­gre­gate.

“Clare­mont re­ally hasn’t had a rep­u­ta­tion in re­cent times for much other than shop­ping.”

He said it had been a joy to work with Jab­bari, who was “an in­spir­ing artist with a charis­matic per­sona”.

The Core is show­ing un­til Au­gust 31.

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