Underneath/Overlooked – Bonded and Resilient

Artist Penny Bovell and project manager Gabrielle Howlett team up to produce an art installation and community exhibition that focusses on a little known Freo heritage story. Postwar Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Anna Scolaro from Capo d’Orlando founded the Universal Tile Factory once located in Blinco Street Fremantle (c1950-1973). Giuseppe, a skillful and talented artisan, produced a range of decorative terrazzo tiles that combine vibrant mixes of pigment and Italian marble, complex patterns and patinas that become more lustrous with age.

Underneath/Overlooked began as a search for the remaining houses and civic buildings still blessed with these special floors and became an exhibition that celebrates Giuseppe and Anna’s contribution to the design heritage of Fremantle.

Terrazzo Talk

Join Penny Bovell (principal artist), Gabby Howlett (project manager) and other key project contributors as they discuss the project and how it’s been interpreted and share what they have discovered about the unique and incredible work of Giuseppe and Anna Scolaro. Discussion topics include immigration, the history of terrazzo, and elements of design and craftsmanship.

Terrazzo Workshop

In association with the exhibition, workshops on making terrazzo tiles with an experimental edge will be offered by Margaret Dillon from Concreto. Over two weekends learn the basics terrazzo and make your own piece to take home. Limited spaces available.

Information & Ticketing

Exhibition & Workshops

Friday 16 July to Sunday 25 July

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Moores Building, Henry Street, Fremantle


Opening Celebration

Saturday 17 July 2pm to 4pm


Terrazzo Workshops

Group 1: Sunday18 July & Sunday 25 July 9am-12pm

Group 2: Sunday 18 July & Sunday 25 July  2pm-5pm

Group 3: Tuesday 20 July & Friday 23 July 9am – 12pm

Concreto Studios, South Fremantle

Tickets $220 +BF – includes materials and refreshments

Terrazzo Talk

Saturday 24 July 2pm