Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts are at the heart of The York Festival. 

Founded as an art & craft market, we held our first art exhibition with renowned botanic artist Philippa Nikulinsky and other artists from the Botanic Artists Group in 2015. From the Hay Bale Challenge straw sculpture prize to the creation of giant Wara Art straw sculptures with artists from Japan, art remains at the foundation of what the festival is about.

In addition to events from local artisans, The York Festival is pleased to present a special exhibition of Rare Crafts, a satellite event as part of the Inaugural Indian Ocean Triennial, giving Festival attendees the opportunity to see traditional crafts on display from local artisans such as wood craftsman Neil Turner, potter Stewart Scambler, printmaker Leonie Oakes, Yindjibarndi artist Katie West, blacksmiths from the Blacksmith Association of WA, luthier Andrew Tait and local Noongar artists Klem Narkle, Yolande Ward and others.

Workshops and demonstrations will provide opportunities for arts and crafts lovers to learn some of these diverse techniques from our participating artists throughout the festival period.

Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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