The Goods Shed, one of Western Australia’s oldest surviving railway buildings, was built at Claremont train station for freight loading in 1887. In August 2016, Western Australian cultural organisation FORM, in partnership with LandCorp, Cox Architecture and multiple supporters, returned the shed to its original function as a point of collection, connection and exchange – but with a bit of a difference. Surrounded by planter boxes and beds of herbs and flowering plants, this charismatic building, which retains many of its original features, is able to accommodate art, installations, learning, performance, and resident experts. FORM’s year-round program involves local and international artist and speaker residencies, a literature festival for young people, and a creative learning program.
The Goods Shed encourages people to connect locally and globally through culture and creativity, with a particular focus on community building and collaboration; it is a place of curatorial, artistic and intellectual excellence; skill development, exchange and lifelong learning; and the activities aim to forge links between Western Australia’s diverse regional communities, and metropolitan Perth.
During Open House Perth, visitors can view ‘The Alchemist’ Exhibition showcasing distinctive and regionally diverse Indigenous fibre art sourced from all over Australia.