DIY Water Craft Building: Workshop

Museum of Water

Fremantle Arts Centre Top Lawn, Sat 24 & Sun 25 Feb, 10.00am – 3.30pm

Be part of a collaborative DIY workshop and learn how to make water crafts with unconventional materials that will equip you for future high tides predicted to reclaim the Fremantle shoreline in 2100. Led by local artist Janet Carter, who designed and build RAFT, the floating artist-run space built from waste and salvage, and maritime archaeologist be Dr Tom Vosmer who specialises in researching and re-building ancient boats. Participants will learn how to assemble stitched and lashed water crafts, before testing them on open waters Sunday afternoon. All sessions include guest lunchtime talks at midday.

On Sun 25 Feb join us for a celebratory launch where the water crafts will be tested on water. We will depart Fremantle Arts Centre at 4pm on foot. This event is free and open to the public.

Launch Location: Opposite The Left Bank Hotel, underneath Stirling Bridge. Parking available at J Dolan Park, and across the road on the corner of Andrews Road / Riverside Road, as well as the Left Bank Hotel.

If you want to get hands on please register for either a half day or full day workshop. Or you’re welcome to drop in for the lunchtime talks or to watch the boat building action happen anytime.

Kids are welcome any time to paint and decorate the water crafts.

Workshop Sessions:
Half-day morning: 10am – 1pm
Half-day afternoon: 12pm – 3.30pm 
All Day: 10am – 3.30pm
Boat Launch: Sun 25 Feb, 4pm (no bookings required)
Lunchtime Talks: Sat 24 Feb, 12pm Tom Vosmer & Sun 25 Feb, 12pm Mal Waugh

Free, Registration required (below)

DIY Water Craft Building is part of a series of events celebrating Museum of Water, an exhibition of publicly donated water and accompanying stories exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre 7 Feb – 23 March 2018.

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About the Artists

Janet Carter (WA)
Janet Carter completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University in 2008, followed by Honours in Contemporary Arts in 2010. Since establishing openkitchen project in 2014, she has been focused on creating collaborative, non-gallery based, participatory works that are concerned with building resilience in an increasingly precarious world.

Dr Tom Vosmer (WA)
A research associate at the WA Museum, Tom is a maritime archaeologist and boat-builder, researching, documenting and reconstructing ancient and primitive watercraft. He has been involved in the construction and sailing of two medieval sewn-plank boats, a replica of a 15th-century BC Egyptian vessel, a 1300 BC Greek rowing galley, a 3rd millennium BC reed-built vessel, and the original ‘Ark before Noah’ based on a description from an ancient clay tablet.

Dr Kim Klaka (WA)
Kim is a research naval architect with 40 years’ experience in ships and small craft. He has a Masters degree and doctorate in naval architecture and has managed over 500 marine research projects.  Kim has designed and built several timber and glassfibre boats and is a small craft sailor including trans-ocean voyages. He is a member of the Royal Instiution of Naval Architects.

Mal Waugh (WA)
Mal commenced work as a shipwright when the Royal Australian Navy still had timber hulled ships and drafting was undertaken whilst stood at a drawing board.  Time at sea was without a view whilst watchkeeping in submarine engine rooms.  Formal education in a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture was undertaken at the Australian Maritime College, Launceston, as the oldest student in the class and having never seen a personal computer before in 1993.  These days he still enjoys a passion for ships and lifelong learning.  Storytelling is his preferred technique on bringing art and science together in Naval Architecture.

Simone Johnson (WA)
Simone Johnston is a multi-disciplinary artist from Perth. Her practice is heavily process driven, often combining elements of drawing, photographic documentation, collage, soft and hard sculpture, print processes and recently video. Simone’s work focuses on the relationships between place, ownership and memory within urban and domestic settings. Her ongoing interest in social space, temporary architecture and wearable micro- structures has increasingly seen her practice shift out of conventional gallery sites and into public spaces.


  • Please note

    Boat building skills is not a requirement for this workshop, but if you do have previous experience please let us know.
  • Workshops

    Workshops run for either half day or full day. Both sessions include guest speakers at 12pm. You do not have to register if you only want to attend guest talks or watch the boat building action.