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Nestled between the town and the sea, the Heritage Listed limestone building that houses the KIDOGO ARTHOUSE was built in 1884 by Harwood and Son.

A fixture at the edge of Bathers Beach in Fremantle, the building was originally known as the 'Dangerous Goods Store' and has served a number of purposes. At various times a kerosene storehouse, a Harbour and Lights Department warehouse and a shipwright's shed, the building was saved from near demolition in 1972 to be reborn to its present incarnation as a space for the creative arts.   

Renovated in 1974, the iconic building began its new life as a hub for the arts in 1975 with the opening of Joan Campbell's acclaimed Potter's Studio. At the hands of Founder Joanna Robertson, this renewed and much-loved landmark structure has undergone its most glorious incarnation yet as the KIDOGO ARTHOUSE.

NEWS about the Kidogo Arthouse Venue - 27th September 2012

At last the $2 million upgrade of the area surrounding Kidogo Arthouse is finished – and it looks FANTASTIC! A stunning, new timber boardwalk stretches between Kidogo Arthouse and the ocean. Now a wide platform extends over the waves and had become is “THE SPOT” to watch the best sunsets in Fremantle..... Until “Kelp Bar” pops up again!

The Council have done a great job also of renovating the 1880’s stone Kidogo Arthouse building – we now have all new tuck-pointing, a new roof, new exterior lighting, and a new interior lime wash paint job. Kidogo Arthouse has been transformed into the “The Feature” of Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. Consequently the gallery is packed and Kidogo has become quite the drawcard of the area.