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3 – 19 Nov


The Commonwealth of New Bayswater will once again be throwing its borders open for the duration of the Fremantle Biennale. The tiny state has decided it would be a good idea to get a state religion going. At the ocean edge, a temple devoted to the glorious beings of small favours will be established.

In an attempt to curry favour with the Commonwealth’s neighbours in the region, applications for small favours submitted to the glorious beings, will be accepted from visitors of any nationality. Applications can be found, completed, and lodged during the Biennale.

Not in the market for a small favour? There is more!
Visitors are also invited to the temple to witness sunrise and sunset devotions, as international performers pay homage to the glorious beings as the sun slinks over the horizon.

The Commonwealth of New Bayswater’s Embassy (situated between a limestone wall and the Naval Store, Fremantle) will also be hosting a series of exclusive and elusive concerts in the park. Join us at the Embassy for an evening of music and dancing!

For more information visit www.temple.newbayswater.com

Date and Time

Temple (Bathers Beach at Fleet St)
3 – 19 Nov
Thurs – Sun
10am – 7pm
+ Evening Devotions | 9, 10, 11 & 12 Nov, 7pm | with Anaxios, Jacob Diamond & Lyndon Blue
+ Morning Devotions | 16, 17, 18, 19 Nov, 5am | with Anaxios, Jacob Diamond & Leafy Suburbs
+ Ritual Swims | Fri 10 & Fri 17 Nov, 7am | More information here.
FREE | no registration required.

Embassy Concerts in the Park (behind The Naval Store)
Sun 5 | Dear Sealed Section & Lucky Pete
Sun 12 Nov | Montana & Brie
Fri 17 Nov | Cooper Cooper & Henny
Sat 18 Nov | Will Slade & Nina
7pm – 10pm each night
Embassy Concert Tickets ($10 + bf) BOOK TICKETS + limited tickets on the door

Audio-Described & Assistive Listening Performance
Sat 11 Nov (book here)

Jessee Lee Johns’ practice is rooted in a DIY philosophy of lowered standards and tactical ignorance that has generated a list of impressive-sounding achievements. Jessee has exhibited extensively outside the gallery system both nationally and internationally. He is the Co-founder and Director of the Contemporary Institute Of Modern Art (CIOMA), an international and pan-temporal art institution with sites in 2015, 2016, Cambodia, 2018 and 2020. Is the caretaker and sole citizen of The Commonwealth of New Bayswater, a small and ephemeral national that has opened its borders in various forms during the Fremantle Biennale in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

  • Bathers Beach at Fleet St, Fremantle
  • The Naval Store, Fremantle
  • Information

    Duration: Attendees can come and go as they please during the opening hours
    unset prayer will run for 30 minutes, each Thurs – Sun from 7.30pm.


    Event Information: Some shelter will be available in the Temple, but a large amount of the space is outdoors. No water will be provided so please bring your own. Food and beverages will not be available on site, but there are several great hospitality options nearby. Visit our Plan Your Visit section for our favourite cafes, restaurants and bars.


    Facilities: Accessible portable toilets will be located behind J Shed, and Arthurs Head Public Toilet is also a short distance away.

  • Getting There


    Arthur Head Reserve Car Park
    Round House Car Park
    Cliff St Car Park
    South Mole Lighthouse Car Park


    Public Transport:
    The work is a short walk from the Fremantle Train Station, which is the final destination for the Fremantle Train Line, as well as several bus routes.


  • Access

    Access to the Temple:
    The event area can be accessed from the nearby South Metropolitan TAFE Car Park via a flat bitumen road (off Fleet Street). Getting to the entrance requires crossing 5 metres across a limestone path that has a small amount of uneven terrain, and some gravel.

    The nearest ACROD parking can be found at South Metropolitan TAFE Car Park,  South Mole Lighthouse Car Park or Arthur Head Reserve Car Park

  • Image credit

    Feature: Emma Daisy
    Gallery: Duncan Wright and Emma Daisy