• Free
  • UK/Western Australia

Museum of Water

Our stories of water, bottled up and on display.

About

'A lyrical, imaginative and moving collection of stories by, and for, all of us.'

- The West Australian

A Perth Festival and Artsadmin production in association with Fremantle Arts Centre and the West Australian Museum.

A Perth Festival Commission

Museum of Water is a radically different museum that showcases, in Australia’s driest state, our connection to the world’s most essential life source. For over a year UK artist Amy Sharrocks and WA custodians have been towing a rusty trailer, collecting watery donations and the memories that go with them.

Now we can gather the whole collection together at Fremantle Arts Centre. Wander through a WA landscape where you can see more than 500 bottles of water, each with its own remarkable story. There are samples from a Dragon Tree Soak, grey water from a laundry, a splash from a Paralympian’s swimming pool.

Follow a stream of water words as the Museum’s custodians share the many tales behind each bottle. Or share your own story and add to the collection by donating a bottle of water that is precious to you. Alongside the main collection allow time to wander the corridors, where water pools in unexpected places or take a walk outside under sonic umbrellas. 

Opening Night
Free, all welcome
7 Feb, 6.30pm

Donate your water
8 Feb – 4 Mar
11am – 3pm, daily

Donate your water
Choose your water
Find a bottle to put it in
Tell us why you brought it.

Discover the collection 
8 Feb – 23 Mar
10am – 5pm, daily

EVENT PROGRAM
On Festival weekends dive into a free program of boat-building workshops, conversations, youth-led tours and music from the Reunion Islands and Kenya. Make sure you have a sip of our finest at the Water Bar, infused with peppermint leaves, marri blossoms and West Australian natives.

See full program here.

The detail

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Free

This event is free of charge

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Event Program

On Festival weekends dive into a free program of boat-building workshops, conversations, youth-led tours and music from the Reunion Islands and Kenya. Make sure you have a sip of our finest at the Water Bar, infused with peppermint leaves, marri blossoms and West Australian natives.

See full program here.

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Sonic Encounters & Conversations on Water

Listen to some of the stories we’ve already collected about water.

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Watch

Watch Amy Sharrocks talk about her Museum of Water.

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Creative Team

Artist Amy Sharrocks
Creative Producer Sarah Rowbottam
Design Zoe Atkinson
Lighting Martin Langthorne
Sound Rachael Dease
Custodians Mei Swan Lim, Rebecca Orchard, Irma Woods, Jen Jamieson, Sandy McKendrick, Janet Carter, Gabby Howlett, Finn O’Branagáin (2017), Annette Carmichael (2017), Sarah Nelson (2017)

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Enquiries

For all enquiries about Museum of Water contact museumofwater@perthfestival.com.au

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Past Museum of Water Events

Perth Heritage Days 14 – 15 October, Cathedral Square, Perth
Disrupted Festival 29 – 30 July, State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre
Stretch Festival 6 – 7 May, Mandjar Square, Mandurah
Revealed 5 – 8 April, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
Perth Festival 4 – 5 March, Old Co-op Building, Museum of Great Southern, Albany
Perth Festival 25 – 26 February, Reflection Pond, UWA Writers Festival, Crawley
Perth Festival 21 – 23 February, Central Park, Perth
Perth Festival 18 – 19 February, Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe

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Schools Info

FOR TEACHERS
Museum of Water threads across the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and English curricula, interweaving personal narratives with themes of Sustainability. The exhibition is an opportunity for students to explore their own stories of water, creating personal links across the curriculum.

Fremantle Arts Centre

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7 Feb - 23 Mar 2018

Opening
7 Feb

Discover the collection
8 Feb – 23 Mar
10am – 5pm, daily

Donate your water
8 Feb – 4 Mar
11am – 3pm, daily

Choose your water
Find a bottle to put it in
Tell us why you brought it

Please allow time to meet with a custodian to share your water.
No bookings required.

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Fremantle Arts Centre venue information

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Access

  • Wheelchair access
  • Tactile Tour
  • Auslan Performances

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Mon 12 Feb, 11.45am & 1.00pm – Tactile Tour
To book a free Tactile Tour, please contact Jacqueline Homer from DADAA on 0400 111 018 or email jacqueline@dadaa.org.au

Limited places are available and will be on a first come first served basis. To donate water after the tour, please allow 30 minutes and notify Jacqueline at the time of booking.

Sat 3 March, 1.00pm – Auslan Tour

To book a free Auslan Tour, please contact Perth Festival Info Centre Access Line 6488 8616 or email access@perthfestival.com.au

Limited places are available and will be on a first come first served basis. To donate water after the tour, please allow 30 minutes after this session and notify at the time of booking.

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