Help create spectacular Straw Sculptures – volunteer registration open!

From 19 August and throughout September, York will be buzzing with the sound of hundreds of volunteers working together to create a trail of giant straw sculptures in the Japanese tradition of ‘Wara Art’ for the 2019 York Festival. 

The York Festival, presented by Live Lighter, opens on 28th September and this year will be creating a trail of four new Wara Art sculptures of endangered Australian animals. 

Festival organisers are inviting volunteers from across Australia to join the team of three Japanese artists and three Australian artists for this unique community art project. 

Wara (rice straw) Art was developed as a way of finding a creative use of the excess straw leftover at the end of the rice harvest.  Once used to make things like tatami mats, rice straw has been replaced by modern synthetic materials, leaving farmers with an abundance of straw.   The resulting sculptures spawned a new art practice and Wara Art Festivals are now held each year throughout Japan. 

Ilsa Bennion, Wara Art Volunteer Coordinator says  “The great news is that anyone can be a volunteer on this project, you don’t need any special talent.  You will have a lot of fun and we guarantee you will walk away with new skills and lots of new friends”.   

York is an easy one hour drive east of the Perth CBD, off the Great Southern Highway. Nestled on the banks of the Avon River in the West Australian Wheatbelt, the district offers unique insights into Western Australia’s rich and colourful past, both before and following European settlement in 1831.

As WA’s oldest inland town, The York Festival is a celebration of its location in the West Australian Wheatbelt, reflected in its program which includes the Running of the Lambs, A Day In Japan, the York Garden Art Trail, the Escape Maze, the annual York Society Art & Craft Award, From Hooves to Highways exhibition, Alli Butler’s premiere of 40 Year Old Popstar, walking tours such as Business Tips from the Richest Man in the Colony, the Medieval Fayre, Maker’s Market stalls every Sunday, lots of live music and other events.

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