Poster Competition

Poster competition 2023

We are really excited to kick off the poster competition for 2023.

Entry will be free and you can submit up to ten designs. We are looking for something interesting, innovative, funny, serious, clever, artistic, simple, complex, bright and definitely distinctive. Really, we don’t know what we are looking for until we see it, so use your imagination and show us what we need!

As a poster it should capture attention. Ideally it should be easy to read on the roadside, would look great on a t-shirt, and will get people excited about the 2023 Festival.

We have opened this up to all ages. A selection of entries may be displayed at the festival this year, but there can only be one winner. Will it be you?

Entry deadline HAS CHANGED. Please be aware that we are leaving the competition running until at least 31st March then will be closing entries when we have reached maximum capacity which is up to the discretion of the committee.

Please read the terms and conditions of entry and email your design to webmaster@darlingtonartsfestival.com

Entries must include:

Entries must be original, vertically oriented and submitted in a digital format as a PNG, JPG or PDF, minimum 300dpi, maximum file size of 5MB for judging purposes. Other sizes/formats/resolution will be required from the winning entrant to allow increase up to A2 poster size without losing detail. Please consider this when creating your artwork.

Submission to include a statement of 50 words or fewer explaining the design concept.

All designs must include the following text to be eligible for judging:

Darlington Arts Festival 4 – 5 November 2023 www.darlingtonartsfestival.com

Poster Competition 2023
All designs must include the following text to be eligible for judging: Darlington Arts Festival 4-5 November 2023 www.darlingtonartsfestival.com
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Tell us about your design concept in 50 words or fewer
If your work is the winning entry or is a shortlisted entry: Let us know if you would like us to publish details of your design related website / social media accounts. If so, please provide those details here.
Entrants aged under 18 years of age at the time of entry, must have permission to enter the Competition from a parent or guardian. Parental / guardian permission must be confirmed by using the following check box. DAF reserves the right to ask for proof of permission. Entries without permission will be disqualified.
If the entrant is between 16 and 18 years of age on date of entry, please provide contact details of parent or guardian
By entering this competition, you conclusively are deemed to have agreed to be bound by these contest rules and terms and conditions as well as by any rules specific to that contest. This is an irrevocable condition of entry.
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Poster Competition 2022

Moira Court – winner of the DAF 2022 Poster Competition

We are proud to announce the winner of our 2022 Darlington Arts Festival poster competition, hills artist Moira Court with her Carnaby black cockatoo collage.

We had an overwhelming response this year and were delighted with all submissions from 7 years of age and up. We had 22 artists enter with 43 poster options to choose from, which made for an extremely hard decision. Congratulations Moira and to all the other entrants.

Artist biography

Moira Court is an artist, illustrator and published children’s author. She works mainly with printmaking and is inspired by conservation, folklore, flora and fauna of the Perth hills and beyond.

Moira writes that her poster depicts the joyous sight of a flock of the iconic, endangered, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos often seen flying and squawking over the hills during the non nesting season. The medium of collage is used recycling old lino, wood and screen prints.

Poster Competition 2021

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.

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

I am a wood burning artist based in Perth, Western Australia. My work has been exhibited and acquired by various organisations and private collections throughout Western Australia. I have a Bachelor of Design and Master of Teaching (Primary) from The University of Western Australia.

​My artwork has always focused on everyday subjects and experiences, and I typically celebrate the beauty of everyday living through a diverse range of media and textures. I love to using my woodburning tool, which was originally introduced to me by my late grandfather, Generally, my work is textured and vibrant, and I frequently incorporate found artefacts and organic materials into the pieces. I am currently still obsessed with Australian plants and wildflowers, which often feature in my handmade gifts and wares. My work is currently being stocked in a few wineries and art shops in WA and am always interested in discussing other new opportunities and ideas.

​I currently live in Perth, WA with James, and McNulty the Dalmatian. I create from my home studio. Most of my work is created on a made-to-order basis. I am an artist by night and a primary school teacher by day.

2020 – was an in-house design using the poster (central image) from 1977

2020 Poster created by Colette Murray, using the 1977 poster image

2019 Poster Competition – Winner

2019 Poster Competition Winner – Ally Cormack

For the second year in a row Allie Cormack of Mundaring took out the winning spot with her beautiful artwork; Helping Hand.

It served not only as our 2019 poster, but ‘as a reminder how we as the human species can help to save the planet and be a bit kinder to the environment by reducing our waste and saving our water’

We loved the colours, use of space and the sense of texture on a page.  We felt that this poster connected with our move toward a more environmental and sustainable approach to the festival. 

There was a great deal of debate, and back and forth as the quality and diversity of entries was outstanding this year.

The committee would like to thank everyone that entered. 

2018 Poster Competition

2018 Poster Competition Winner – Ally Cormack

We were amazed at the talent and creativity of each and every one of the entries.  We didn’t know what to expect when we launched the competition this year.  We didn’t even know what we wanted to see, but we know we would recognise it when we saw it!  And we did.

The winner in 2018 was Allie Cormack.  It was easy to incorporate Allie’s design into our marketing materials .  The design worked so well that we even used part of it to create Darlington’s first Community Wall art project.

Thank you Allie for entering your work and for contributing to the wall artwork.

May Pole Flower
by Allie Cormack