The 2020 festival will go ahead this year but in a pared back form.

The committee is still working through the details, but there will definitely be art in the hall.

This year we will be holding an Art Introspective, We are going back to our roots, inviting local artists and long time supporters of the festival’s art exhibitions, to attend.

We don’t know yet, what else will go ahead. We are working on bring the art workshops, maybe some food vendors,, possibly the wine tent (run by DaSRA).

Have-a-Go – Junior to young adult workshops

2019 Open Art

L-R Neil Elliot, Noreen Burrow, Alastair Taylor, Vince Austin

2019 Performing Arts

2019 Sculpture on the Scarp 

How to Find Us

We are in the heart of Darlington Village on Pine Terrace, on the railway reserve between the oval and Glen road and at St Cuthbert’s Church on Darlington Road.

Why not take the bus this year?  Click here for the Bus Timetable It will drop you off and pick you back up just a few metres from the event.  Transperth buses run all day from Midland Station, bus Stand 7.  And from Glen Forrest back toward Midland.

Walk, drive or take the bus – this is where you will find us!

The Wall – Paint-a- Brick

It looks so good!  Over the course of a weekend, a plain brick wall was transformed into a work of art, by YOU the festival visitors. We have a time lapse video of the event.

We estimate that around 15,000 visitors attended in 2018 and we expect at least as many this year.  Fingers crossed that the weather will be perfect.

A big thank you to our Sponsors  and Donors.  We rely on your generosity to make this festival happen.    Thank you too, to all of the volunteers that are coming to help us this year. 

And of course thank you to our Committee members for the many hours of work that each and everyone of you put in. We could not do it without you!  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

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. 

Sponsorships & Donations

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

We believe that Perth has some of the most talented artists going around, creating fantastic work across all mediums. Each year we love having the opportunity to share this work with the community over this special weekend, but we rely on your help!   The support of donors, sponsors and partners allows us to put the Arts Festival on, and we are grateful for your support. There are many different ways we can recognise your contribution, and would love to have a chat about how this can work for your business.   The easiest way to get in touch is to contact our sponsorship coordinator, Karl Millard, on 0428 238 808 or karl@darlingtonartsfestival.com.

2019 festival 

“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 specialists 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 fulfil their dreams.

Our annual Festival attracts 10 -15,000 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.

Sponsorship or Donation – what is the difference?

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.

The Darlington Arts Festival is registered as a not for profit entity.  Therefore, 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. 


Sponsor info

Shire of Mundaring – Premier Sponsor
Lottery West Premier Sponsor
Darlington Review – Major Sponsor
Mundaring Arts Centre


The Oval and Entertainment

For 2018 we had a brand new layout on the oval and lots of first-time events to keep the record crowd entertained.

  • There were 100 Artisan stallholders
  • A food court and big, shaded seating area
  • The inaugural Wellness Tent and wellness area to add a cool vibe to a hot day!
  • There was the community art project – Paint a Brick on the Tennis club wall
  • More entertainment for children
  • A longer music set list in the Wine Tent
  • The main stage was filled end to end
  • Saturday night was family movie night, under the stars
  • and all of this just a few minutes walk to the Sculptures on the Scarp exhibition at the Darlington Station Reserve.

Darlington Dipsticks

Artisan market

It was a perfect weekend for the markets and the crowd was steady from 9am on Saturday until 4pm when we closed on Sunday.  Everyone loved the new layout, and the high quality artisan stallholders that came to show their wares.

Artisan Market Stall

Although the crowd was in the region of 15,000 visitors over the weekend, it never felt too busy.  The respite of the food court seating, the wine tent and the Wellness Area worked a treat.

Wellness Area

Kid’s Yoga in the Wellness Tent

Expressions of interest for next year will open in June.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you as a stall holder at the 2019 festival. 


Entertainment for the young

Family Entertainment – movie under the stars

Saturday night movie – Up!

Live music

Farraday’s Cage

Art Exhibitions

The 2019 Retrospective Exhibition

Back by popular demand!  The DAF committee acknowledge the many great artists that helped to create this festival all those years ago.  One of those founding artists was D Thornton Hick and the committee is very pleased to announce that the Lesser Hall will be home to a retrospective exhibition of his work.


It was a fantastic year.  Feedback from artists and visitors has been incredibly positive.  With comments such as, ‘this has been the best year ever’ and ‘the standard of work was exceptional this year’, ‘the artwork was beautifully curated and flowed well’.

The Sculptures on the Scarp exhibition was a tremendous success


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.


Reserve Art Prize  2018 | Judges Choice | $10,000

The winner chosen by the judges was: Simon McArdell for his acrylic and beeswax, landscape painting – Flesh (Quarry Wall).

This work attempts to capture a moment of poise within a system of decay. The progressive flensing and destruction of a hill creating new worlds with new systems following the same entropic laws.

Winner: Reserve Art Prize 2018 | Simon McArdell – Flesh (Quarry Wall) | Acrylic, Beeswax

This work attempts to capture a moment of poise within a system of decay. The progressive flensing and destruction of a hill creating new worlds with new systems following the same entropic laws.

Reserve Art Prize 2018 | Peoples Choice Award | $500

More than 1,000 votes were cast over the weekend.  We are pleased to announce that you voted for ‘Field of Dreams’ by Janet Day.

Winner: Reserve Art Prize – Peoples Choice Award | Janet Day – Field of Dreams | Oil and Beeswax
Janet’s work depicts her interpretation of the golden canola fields in full flower using bees wax and oil paint. A farmers gamble against the fickleness of nature’s elements.

History of the Reserve Art Prize

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

Performing Arts at DAF 2019

St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church – Darlington | An new venue on the map for the 2019 DAF weekend

Thank you to all of performers this year. You were amazing!

Please download and fill out the pdf form below when submitting your invoice.

Or email us if you have any queries.

This year’s Darlington Arts Festival is shaping up very well and we are in the throes of finalising the program for the main stage.  We are excited to announce that this year we have the use of another venue in addition to the main stage – St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church.  This is a lovely intimate venue with fantastic acoustics and it’s also extremely close to the main stage.  We are also getting back some of the great roving acts from last year including . 

As always, the festival will feature performers from local schools/colleges plus many talented professional acts, many of whom are from the Hills community.

This year we are expanding the performing arts space, to use the beautiful St Cuthbert’s Church, with its wonderful acoustics, where we will showcase some of our more intimate acts.

The roving performers will include Michael the Pirateman and Junkadelic Brass Band , Ben & Holly for the kids and Betty Bubbles.”

Roving Performers include:

Both days 1-1:30 & 2:15-2:45  Junkadelic
Sunday 11:00-2:00 Cherri Rose
Both days 11-2 Nina Rose
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 Michael Pirateman 
Sat 1:00-3:00
Sun 10:00 – 12:30
Ben & Holly 
Saturday 12:00-2:00 Cirquest 

Main Stage

9:00 Darlington Primary School
9:40 Swan Harmony Singers
10:20 Helena College Senior School
11:00 Cassis
11:40 Midland Dance Studios
12:20 The Sweet Teas
1:10 Mundaring Christian College School
2:05 Chilali and the Chief
2:45 Guildford Grammar School
3:40 Gypsy Lou
4:20 Kyra Bee and the Illegals
5:00 Jere Sosa Trio
5:40 Blues ConFusion
9:30 Darlington Christian Fellowship
10:10 Helena Junior College Showchoir
10:50 Hills Big Band
12:40 Silver Tree Steiner School
1:20 Perth Harmony Chorus
2:10 Treetops IB School
3:00 DADAA On Track
3:10 Junior & Youth Art Awards
4:00 Band of Missfits

St Cuthbert’s Performance Space

10:30 The Sonic Manipulator
11:40 Kira & Chrissie
12:35 Hills Ukulele Group
1:15 Carrie Lee
2:10 Red Riding Hood
3:20 Osea
4:15 Jere Sosa
4:55 Gem Addison
5:35 Jimmy March
9:30 Church Service
11:00 Healing Tones
11:40 The Drumming Circle
1:10 The Awkward Pauses
1:50 Holly Edwards
2:40 Karina Di Fabio
3:20 Sarah Avalia Duo

The DaSRA Wine Tent

Friday 1 November
6:00 – 7:00 PMTim Sherry
8:00 – 9:30 PMKazinko
Saturday 2 November
1:00 – 2:00 PMLiz Zardins
3:00 – 4:00 PMBen Bulla & Steve Searle
5:00 – 6:00 PMRoobs & The Washing Line Economy
7:30 – CloseBlue Manna
Sunday 3 November
12:30 – 1:30 PMChrissie & Friends
2:00 – 3:00 PMCharlie & Jack
3:00 – 4:00 PMSmall Motors

Applications have now closed for the performing arts for this year.  Thank you to everyone that has shown an interest.