This year, the program includes the introduction of Wara (rice straw) Art to Australia.
Japanese artist, Akira Moriya will be coming to York for the festival's first international artist exchange. Over five weeks, Mr Moriya will lead a team of artists including Fiona Gavino and Yuko Takahashi, as well as volunteers, in the construction of three giant straw sculptures of endangered Australian animals!
Wara Art is Japanese art and a fantastic example of the creative use of straw! Wara Art was developed as a way to find a use for all the excess straw leftover at the end of each rice harvest. It used to be used to make things like "tatami mats" and this has been replaced by modern synthetic materials, leaving farmers with an abundance of straw.
The resulting sculptures generated this new art practice and Wara Art Festivals are now held each year throughout Japan. Akira Moriya, a veteran of around twenty wara art sculptures, will be overseeing this venture.
- Hay Bale Challenge This will be held on 8th September and will be a challenge like no other! Using no more than one Australian standard small hay bale, competitors will make something extraordinary for the 2018 Hay Bale Challenge Sculpture Competition. There are no restrictions on what the artwork is provided you use a maximum of one standard small bale (900mm x 375mm x 450mm and 27kgs) or smaller.
Artworks must be able to be transported and available to be displayed outside in York during the festival.
The first prices will be $1000, and there will be a "People's Choice Award" which will be $200. A jury will assess entries for the Judge's prize. Deadline for entry into this is 31st August 2018. To enter and read more of the conditions for this competition, please click on this link.
- Artitja Fine Art Spring Salon
Artitja Fine Art will be returning to Gallery 152 with their Spring Salon Art plus Objects Exhibition as part of the 2018 York Festival. The exhibition will feature art and sculpture objects, as well as designer gift-ware which pays royalties to the artists.
Artitja Fine Art specialises in Australian Aboriginal art and the Spring Salon will feature artists from regional and remote communities from across the North-west, Central Australia and the Northern Territory. This year, there will be some new, up and coming artists, as well as those well known to the salon.
This business has built a fine reputation for connecting cultures in communities from the North-west of WA, the Central Australian desert, Northern Territory and Arnhem Land as well as in the South-west of Western Australia.
Artitja Fine Art Spring Salon will open on 8th September and go through to the 24th September. It will be held at Gallery152 on Avon Terrace and is open from 10 am to 3 pm daily.
- Fibre Weaving Workshop
This is a workshop with fibre artist, Fiona Gavino. At this event, you will learn some of the techniques of weaving and working with straw. You can use these skills to make ar straw sculpture that will put you in the running for $1000 in prize money.
This will be held on Sunday 12th August, from 1 pm to 5 pm. It will be held at the Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland. Cost will be $55 and all materials will be supplied.
- Umbrella Painting
What a quaint idea this is! Use your imagination at this Arty Brellas activity. These cute paper parasols make fabulous canvases for your most colourful designs! They are great for keeping the sun off you, or they could be used as a bright ornament around the house.
- The Makers Market
The maker's market has been a highlight of The York Festival's program since it was launched in 2014. The markets will be held on the 8th and 9th September. They will be at the York Mill and will include a twilight market on the Saturday evening. There will be a licensed bar, children's playground and other activities, as well as the market stalls.
- The Running of the Lambs
This hit event is a costumed obstacle adventure, which is sure to have you laughing! It starts with a fun warm-up session, then a walk or run of the course and complete the obstacles while dressed in your best onesie.
There will be two categories this year and these are:
The Ewe Beauties Challenge (Mums comp)
The Ram's Rampage (Dads comp)
Registration opens at 10 am
Warm up and costume judging at 10.30 am
Race commences at 10.45 am
Ewe Beauties Race 12.00 noon
Rams Rampage 12.10 pm
Prize giving ceremony 12.20 pm
- Spare Parts Puppet Theatre "Moominpappa at Sea"
Moominpappa at Sea is a compelling journey of self-discovery through the eyes of a small family of adventurous Moomintrolls. The story is brought to life by solo performer, Michael Barlow. He draws you into the lives of these quirky creatures as they face many challenges.
This is a witty and whimsical show as the Moomintrolls explore the mysterious surroundings of their new home!