If you are new to Darlington, what is it all about?
The festival is a weekend filled with music, performers, art, artisan stalls, food trucks, kids workshops, rides, camels and more! The hall, workshops and markets are open from 10am to 5pm Saturday and 10 am to 4pm Sunday. The wine tent and performances go all day and late into the evening on both days.
Darlington Arts Festival 2021
And so it begins. Preparation for the 2021 Darlington Arts Festival is underway!
Following the AGM in March, the coordinators are busy building the playbook for 2021.
This year the 2021 festival will be back the the more familiar format; filling the oval with artisan stalls, workshops, entertainment, children’s activities and more.
We are also introducing the DAF Artists Shop which will be in the Lesser Hall – See the Open Art page for information
We need your help
The festival relies on on Grants, Sponsorship and Donations, plus a lot of hard work from committee members and volunteers.
If you would like to have your name or company featured on our website, promotional posts and sponsors board, click here.
Or take advantage of ATO tax breaks for donations by going to GiveNow
Entries are now open for the 2021 Open Art Exhibition.
Entries have opened for the 2021 Sculpture on the Scarp Exhibition.
Entries are now open – The application form is ready for download
A theme has been announced!
Heroes…. local, your own , or super…. so get out your sketch pads, clay, paint or other and start planning. Entry forms are on the JAX page
To enquire about a stall at the 2021 Darlington Arts Festival Please contact Ron Stuurstraat
Ron will provide application forms once he has established the suitability of each stall enquiry.
Our Youth Art coordinators are busy planning for this year, information is going out to Schools now. email YouthArt@DarlingtonArtsFestival.com
We are updating pages for
- Workshops (August)
The festival runs on love and goodwill. All advertised positions are unpaid volunteer positions.
We are always looking for volunteers to offer a few hours of help through the year and on the weekend of the festival. We are especially interested in attracting new committee members that are willing to give some blood, sweat and tears for the reward of a slice of pizza, a special Committee member tee-shirt and a camaraderie that will heal a worn out soul.
We are looking for someone to manage the website. This could be one person taking care of all elements, or it could be split between the front end interface (pages, text, images, forms) and the back-end email, security and overall site management.
If you are tech savvy, and interested in running (or learning how to run) a website please get in touch with email@example.com. The site is currently a WordPress site but could be changed if another platform was preferred.
Sculpture on the Scarp – Installation Manager
Poster Competition 2021
One of the first highlights of the DAF calendar is the Poster Competition. Once again we were blown away by the talent and diversity of poster entries that came in.
As always there was a lot of debate, and this year it was especially tough because the entries were so good!
But we have a winner, submitted by Olive Monte, and we LOVE it!
Olive Monte is a Perth artist. She has a background in Landscape Architecture and mixed media visual arts, and studied at UWA. Her art is primarily focused on plant life and botanical species of the Western Australian region, incorporating wood burning and mixed media.
Olive’s main medium is the art of pyrography, meaning to ‘write with fire’. She uses defined line drawing and limited tones to depict the details and beauty of natural and built landscapes.
Walk Up An Appetite!
Well what a night ! The first of the DAF fundraising events for 2021 was another success. This year the weather was cold, crisp and dry so no buses were required.
All new hosts, all new venues and a lot of new ticket holders. Already we are looking forward to 2022!
Looking back at 2020
in 2020 we held an an Art Introspective. During these Covid-times some thoughtful reflection seemed right. We felt it was important to support our local and longstanding artists by inviting them to exhibit some of their work. There were no prizes last year, just great art, available for purchase or to just enjoy seeing. Your favorites were there, Gus Skene, Vince Austin, Ric Burkitt, Amanda Smith, Noreen Burrow, Jo Meredith, Alastair Taylor, Una Bell, Neil Elliot and so many more!
The Early Years
We also had on display some works by some of the early festival greats – including Robert Juniper in our Early Years Exhibition in the Lesser Hall.
Have-a-Go – Junior to young adult workshops are back on
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.