If you are new to Darlington, what is it all about?

The festival, held on the first weekend of November every year, 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 2022


And so it begins. Preparation for the 2022 Darlington Arts Festival is underway!

This year the AGM will be on Monday 7 February, 7:30 PM at the Lesser Hall.

The fabulous Darlington Arts Festival is run by a large committee of volunteers. We are a mixed bunch of; educators, retirees, lawyers, artists, health professionals, musicians, administrators, data nerds, gardeners, business owners and more. The common denominator is that we are all super busy people that somehow find a bit more time to squeeze some extra DAF into our lives. And we love it.

Through the year we organise DAF fundraising events that sell out in seconds. We also, rally up performers and artists and stallholders ready for that magical first weekend in November. Behind the scenes there is the website, social media, advertising, events, sustainability measures, organising stalls and grounds and entertainment. There are four art exhibitions, Junior, Youth, Open and Sculpture on the Scarp. Grants, sponsorship and donations have to be found. Bills have to be paid and books have to be balanced. Legal stuff has to be attended to, paperwork tallied and insurance organised. Meetings with the shire, engineers, local business and more. Indeed this festival takes a variety of skills to cover a breath of tasks.

Come along and find out where you can pitch in. The Committee is always on the look-out for new members and for other volunteers. Whether you are new to Darlington or you have lived here for years and your are now finding yourself with some spare time. Whatever your age or experience and whether you have just a few hours to spare or you would like to offer a larger commitment of your time and services, head along to the Lesser Hall at 7:30PM, Monday 7 February. You will be warmly welcomed.

Poster Competition 2022

We need your help

Help us to keep this festival going

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

Open Art Exhibition

Entries will open for the 2022 Open Art Exhibition in June/July

Sculpture on the Scarp

Entries will open for the 2022 Sculpture on the Scarp Exhibition in March

Youth Art

Entries will open later in the year – watch this space.

Junior Art (JAX) Exhibition

Entries will open later in the year – watch this space

For stalls

Stalls at the 2022 Darlington Arts Festival.

To enquire about a stall at the 2022 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, email YouthArt@DarlingtonArtsFestival.com

Coming soon…..

We are updating pages for

  • Workshops


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 webmaster@darligntonartsfestival.com. The site is currently a WordPress site but could be changed if another platform was preferred.

Sculpture on the Scarp – Installation Manager

Contact SculptureEx@DarlingtonArtsFestival.com

Poster Competition 2022

Olive Monte – winner of the DAF 2021 Poster Competition

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 for 2021.

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. 

Artist biography

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!

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 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, Amy Pepper amy@darlingtonartsfestival.com

The 2021 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, artisan markets, 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. 


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


This year we are back in full force with twenty two acts on the main stage over the weekend. As always, the program will feature some fabulous acts from local schools/colleges as well as talented local professionals. There will be something for everyone from belly dancing to big band music to face painting for the kids. There will be more roving performers than ever with Morris dancers, Junkadelic, stiltwalkers and Betty Bubbles on the oval.

9:00 Darlington Uniting Church
9:30 Mundaring Primary School9:40 SWAN Harmony Singers
10:10 Helena Junior College Showchoir10:15 U3A Choir
10:40 Midland Dance Studio10:45 Trilogie +
11:10 Tim Sherry11:20 Hills Big Band
11:50 Ella and Lily
12:20 Zahara Bellydance12:40 Treetops IB School
12:50 Chilali and the Chief13:20 The Sweet Teas
13:30 Darlington Primary School Sing Club
14:10 Darlington Primary School Bands14:10 Guildford Grammar School
14:40 Gypsy Lou
15:20 Skelton Collective15:05 Art Awards
16:00 Honey B’s16:00 Band of Missfits
16:40 C&J Rockin’
17:20 Blues ConFusion
Main Stage set list

Wine Tent 6 – 7 November

Saturday 6Est. timeabout
Alma3:30pm till 4:15pmWAAPA students return with Soul music and amazing vocals to enjoy. One of our favorited gigs raved about last year
Cold and the beautiful5pm till 5:45Nick Shanahan returns with his Chilli Peppers, Paul Kelly and Rolling Stone mix to name a few.  Invited back to play as they were awesome at last year’s Sunday Session.  
Bongo Chimps6:15pm till 7pmA very energetic gig, Ben Bulla is a social singer so be sure to give him some vocals back at him. American Rock with a Jazy Santana vibe.
Rations7:30pm to 8:30Matt Rudas (Previous band member of the Tucker Bs) with his original tracks.. Raved about at the recent Maylands Underground debut, staring Wazza (drummer) and Matt have come up with tunes of an alternative vibe.  Be ready to open your ears and absorb. 
Cover Y’ears9:00pm – MidnightNew lead act with 90s covers.  Nick Kings band plays in the professional circuit with guarantee to dance your socks off.  Make sure you stay strong and go crazy..
Sunday 7th  
BandEst. time 
The Free Radicals1:45pm to 2:30pmFenton is back on his feet and not only doing the sound tech for us this year.  Support his return to music for a great start to the Sunday session . A regular player around the professional circuits, this old dog will entice us with his blues and rock to kick off the day.
Blues ConFusion3:00pm to 4:30pmInvited back to play for a Blues session. This professional band plays at many music festivals and we all enjoyed the fantastic female vocals .. a regular supporting local gigs
The darkside of Bob5:00pm to 7pmTom Kuurstra is back by popular demand to close the evening. Combined with supporting locals Tom is about to mix up modern Jazz and chill tracks of the 80s/90s..
Wine Tent Set List

The Wine tent opens 11am Saturday and Closes 8pm Sunday 6 & 7th November

Performing Arts at DAF 2021

Applications for 2021 are currently closed as we have already received a large number of enquiries. We will reopen the entry form if new time slots beocme available.. Check back here and keep an eye on our Facebook page.

You can also fill out our contact form where we will keep your information on file. We will contact you if the form reopens.


If you will be charging a fee, but you do not have an ABN, You are required by the ATO to provide a completed and signed Statement by a Supplier form, A copy of the form can be downloaded here, or you can visit the ATO website to obtain a copy.

Information for existing applications

ATO website

The following link will take you to the ATO website where you can review the rules.

Statement by a supplier from the ATO

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

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