Would you like join our team for the 2018 Arts Festival?

Come along to our AGM on Monday 12 February  2018 at 7:30 pm

This year the AGM will be held at the Dental surgery /Cafe 2 at 2 Montrose Avenue, Darlington, WA 6070

We have several new positions available.  Being part of the festival is a rewarding experience.  Meet new people, get involved in the community, bring your experience to the festival or perhaps learn some new skills.

 Welcome to the Darlington Arts Festival website!

WA’s iconic Hills Festival

The Darlington Arts Festival has become one of the Hill’s most popular annual events.  It features art exhibitions for adults, youth and children, art workshops, craft and cottage industry market stalls, and non-stop entertainment on the main stage all in a festival atmosphere situated in the leafy hills suburb of Darlington.

Last year, thousands of festival goers from all over Perth flocked to Darlington to enjoy the art exhibitions, the entertainment, the art workshops, the food and craft stalls  and  to relax at thWine Tent.


3-5  November 2017

Well!  What a fabulous  festival we had.  The quality of the artwork was outstanding.  Faraday’s Cage entertained us before and after the prize giving  and they sounded great.

A big thank you to our Sponsors  and Donors.  We could not do this without you.    Thank you too to all of the volunteers that have helped to get the festival off to a good start.  And of course thank you to our Committee members for the many hours of work that each and everyone of you put in to make the festival such a success.  I know that you will agree that being on the committee is rewarding.

Join the committee

If you are interested in joining our committee, please drop us a line on committee@darlingtonartsfestival.com


How to Find us

We are in the heart of the Darlington Village on Pine Terrace.  Artworks will be in Darlington’s historic hall, and marquees, entertainment, workshops, food and wine will on the Oval.

Why not take the bus this year?  Buses run all day from Midland Station, bus Stand 8.  And from Glen Forrest back toward Midland.

Share your memories

Do you have some fond memories and maybe even some photographs of past festivals that you would like to share on our new website?  Please drop us a line. 

Sponsorship’s & Donations

The Darlington Arts Festival is a not for profit organisation, which for more than 50 years has been at the heart of the Darlington and Hills community.

2017 festival 4th & 5th November

“A warm thank you to our valued Sponsors & Donors without your generous support the festival would not exist”.

We also extend  sincere thanks on behalf of the many artists of all ages, performers, fund raising community groups, visitors and craft specialist who present their talents to the public each year.

Darlington has a proud tradition of nurturing artists, honouring our senior artists as well as supporting a sense of community. Our passionate committee of volunteers is dedicated to furthering this objective by encouraging people, especially the youth of our community, as well as new and up and coming artists, to participate and take up the opportunity to develop their talent and fulfill their dreams.

Our annual Festival attracts around 10,000 people every year and is one of the longest running FREE arts festivals in Western Australia. As well as the amazing art on display, there are performers, a short film competition, entertainment, music, food, wine and fun!

We look to you, our wonderful and generous supporters, the people who have made the last 50+ years possible, to help continue and broaden this special Hills tradition for the next 50 years!

There are opportunities for being a SPONSOR or a DONOR that attract a variety of benefits and opportunities.

Sponsorships are not tax deductible – see the ATO rules and definitions here.  However sponsors may choose to leverage the festival for naming rights or advertising and as such receive a benefit for their sponsorship.

As a donor, where there is no reciprocal benefit, your donation may qualify for a tax deduction.  Please click here to view the ATO rules 

Click here for information on how you can support the Festival as a Sponsor or Donor and I hope you will enjoy being an important contributor to this wonderful community arts event. 

 Peter Nicholls


Market Stalls

For enquiries relating to the grounds, layout, marquees and amenities, please contact grounds@darlingtonartsfestival.com

Registrations for stalls have now closed. 

Contact Stalls@darlingtonartsfestival.com  if you have any questions about an existing application.

There is a pre-festival meeting for stallholders on Saturday 28th October from  5:30 – 6:30.

  Stalls and Bays

We anticipate in excess of 10,000 visitors attend the festival over the weekend.  It is a fantastic opportunity for local artisans, community groups and those from further afield to showcase their handcrafted wares. 


The Darlington Arts Festival welcomes stall holders who are interested in selling art and hand-made West Australian craft, food, produce, art/craft materials, model making equipment and books.

Commercial items produced overseas are not permitted.

Interested parties should complete the “Expression of Interest” form for either food or non food stalls and bays.

We look forward to welcoming you as a stall holder at the 2017 festival. 

Entertainment for the young

And Entertainment for the young at heart

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Darlington Arts Festival on the weekend of 4th & 5th November.


Art Exhibitions

With five art categories and several sub categories, the Darlington Arts Festival has something for every artist.

Darlington Arts Festival Reserve Art Prize

 The Darlington Arts Festival has been hosting art exhibitions for more than 50 years. We have had an amazing , rich and vibrant past filled with incredible talent and passion.

Artists established and emerging, young and old from Western Australia will be invited to participate in the 2017 festival on 4th & 5th November.

Follow the links to find out more.


In 2016 the Darlington Arts Festival included a major art prize. The $10,000 cash prize attracted a number of established artists from throughout Western Australia and strong interest from the viewing public. Continue reading “Art Exhibitions”

Performing Arts

We are looking for roving performers to entertain the crowds during the festival.  If you have the talent and enthusiasm, please contact our Performing Arts Coordinator using the Registration Form!

Entertainment for the whole family on the weekend  of 4th & 5th November 2017
Each year every effort is made to bring new and exciting entertainment along with our regular key performers to the Arts Festival and 2017 will be no exception. 
As always we will feature local performers and entertainers from our schools, colleges and community groups. They provide a wonderful  mix of performances ranging from music of all sorts through to parades and displays which take place on one of our 5 performance locations on the Darlington Oval. 
Added to these are colourful and visually stunning dance, band and song groups that cover popular themes from the past and present. These groups together with an array of ethnic groups use the opportunity to present their subject and style to everyone.
Don’t forget that in addition to the free entertainment provided there are also displays, stalls and rides of all descriptions to see and enjoy.
This will be your once-a-year chance to have a most enjoyable weekend and be entertained in so many different ways.
Watch this space for information on participating in the 2017 festival as a performer or entertainer.