Visual Art – Performances – Markets – Workshops

Darlington Arts Festival – 2 & 3 November 2024


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Activities – Music – Rides – Food Trucks

The Darlington Arts 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, visual arts, outdoor sculpture and more!

‘DAFYEP!’ workshops have been added for 12-17 year olds.


Using repurposed recycled materials sculpture artist and Sculpture on the Scarp 2023 participant, Louise Grimshaw will facilitate a crazy botanicals workshop. Louise will take you through techniques, construction and processes to create fantastical flowers, plants and vines to take home or leave as a community sculpture.

Friday 3 November 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM



The Junkadelic Brass Band is a band like nothing else in the Southern Hemisphere! – Blending Street rhythms with – New Orleans style jazz – Funk grooves – Latin flavours and hip-hop, the Junkadelic Brass Band is full of surprises – not the least of which is the awesome beats and rhythms from the junk percussion section! Come and learn how to make a junk percussion instrument – and jam with the Junkadelic crew!

Saturday 4 November 2023 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM



Design and construct fantastic beasts and flowers for your ‘DAFYEP!’ collaborative youth installation. Sculpture construction, stitching, cutting and spray painting techniques will be taught by Louise Grimshaw. Louise is a sculpture artist and a 2023 Sculpture on the Scarp participant. 
Louise will take you through repurposing recycled materials and all types of embellishments to create different outcomes to make fantastical flowers and fantasy creatures to take home or leave as a community sculpture.

Saturday 4 November 2023 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Especially for 12-14 year olds


Saturday 4 November 2023 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Especially for 14-17 year olds



YOUTH ART ART DELIVERIES DUE ON FRIDAY 28th and MONDAY 1st NOVEMBER. Please read instructions no Youth Art page.

Sculpture on the Scarp Applications are now closed

Open Arts Exhibition Submissions are now closed.

Performing Arts Applications are now closed.

Poster Competition 2023

The Darlington Arts Festival committee are pleased to announce our 2023 poster winner: Jenni Tate Reimer! Thank you to all artists that entered


Originally from the UK, Jenni is a self-taught artist who has lived in the Perth Hills since 2002. Over the last 20 years she has developed a style of painting which places emphasis on bold expressive colour and strong light and shadow. Jenni likes to challenge herself to paint a wide variety of subjects, including landscapes, life drawing and still life. However, she particularly enjoys painting landscapes of the Perth Hills, always trying to find different ways to portray this unique space. Jenni works predominantly in acrylic but likes to ‘mix it up’ with charcoal, pastel and collage.


The heritage trail is such an iconic and valued space within the Perth Hills. It has such a connection not only to Darlington and surrounds but is also strongly incorporated into the Darlington arts festival itself. With this in mind, I wanted to paint a fun and colourful portrayal of this beautiful space.

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 2023 Open Art Exhibition in June/July

Sculpture on the Scarp

Entries will open for the 2023 Sculpture on the Scarp Exhibition in March/April

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

Market Stalls

To enquire about a stall at the 2023 Darlington Arts Festival Please contact Ron Stuurstraat

Ron will provide application forms once he has established the suitability of each stall enquiry.

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

Our AGM in 2023 is being held at the Darlington Town Hall at 7pm on monday the 20th February.

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

“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. 



This year we are back in full force with many acts on the main stage over the weekend of the 4th & 5th November 2023. As always, the program will feature some fabulous acts from local schools and 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.



If you have any questions please contact performingarts@darlingtonartsfestival.com