William Street favourite Bivouac has long supported local art. An inside wall is a permanent rotating exhibition space and has featured work from artists such as Anya Brock, Tim Meakins and, currently, Sarana Haeata. Now the Northbridge bar and restaurant is in the market for someone to help give the venue a new facade and reimagine its front windows.
The brief is loose, but team Bivouac wants submissions for a window installation that represents the culinary experience offered inside; the vibrancy of the Northbridge community or the history of William Street. Artists are also welcome to explore their own personal connection with the venue. The installation will need to cover windows either side of the restaurant’s front door, but shouldn’t obscure views into the venue. The total budget for the project – including a fee for the artist, materials and installation – is $1000, courtesy of a business grant from the City of Perth.
“The winning applicant will show an understanding of the spirit of Bivouac and our local community,” says owner Anthony Princi. “We’re looking for outside-of-the-box ideas and cannot wait to see what local artists bring.”
There’s change inside the space too; chef Frankie Dawson has released a new autumn menu. Lunchtime highlights include maakroun: ricotta “mountain gnocchi” with white beans, silverbeet and tomato sugo. Dinner features comforting winners such as whole braised goat shoulder, which comes direct from the Princi family farm in Gin Gin and is perfect for sharing. Plus, a twist on the traditional Sephardic Jewish chraime (fish in spicy tomato sauce, often served with couscous) is on offer with prawns, mussels and squid, tossed with a saffron broth and fregola. In other words, it’s a good time to get into Bivouac.
Artist submissions close on May 21. The winning entry will be announced on May 29.