The eastern suburbs of Perth come alive once again over two weeks of live music, urban art, theatre, literature, crafts and community as the Armadale Arts Festival returns this month.
There’s a huge program of events to get around, both hosted by the City of Armadale and the local community which you can check out here, along with a few of the highlights below:
Minnawarra Art Awards
The coveted Minnawarra Art Awards are on once again, welcoming back beloved gallery owner and artist Ron Nyisztor as Curator, and a massive $25,000 prize pool! It’s the centrepiece of the whole Armadale Arts Festival, and it’s exhibiting at the Armadale District Hall from May 6-21 with a powerful show of high calibre and diverse artworks.
Also be sure to check out the Opening Awards Night on May 5 for a first look at this professionally curated exhibition amongst live music with food and beverages available for purchase.
Humans of Armadale – My Art, My Armadale
The City of Armadale team up with Centre for Stories for this very special exhibition. Young people within the Armadale community have been given the opportunity to tell their stories in a raw and authentic fashion. Then, with guidance from local artist Julie Fearns-Pheasant, students from the community’s high schools have created visual self-portraits exploring themes like individuality, identity, family, friendship, passion and nature. The event launches on May 12 where you’ll be able to listen to the student’s stories in podcast form while taking in their art, and celebrating youths that make up the Humans of Armadale.
Armadale Arts Bush Trail
One of the most popular events on the program, the Armadale Arts Bush Trail is back for 2023, bringing the community together through art, nature and culture. Held in and around the Settlers Common Environmental Centre, you’ll find various artworks created by professional artists and local school and community groups. It’s running from May 13-21, and you’re even invited to contribute your own bush artwork and look out giveaways and activities over the weekends.
Another top shelf community art exhibition, Extensions is a partnership between the City of Armadale and the Armadale Society of Artists, showcasing over 60 talented artists from here and further afield. Running from May 13-21, the collective show is filled with an array of diverse pieces in a variety of different mediums, and offers visitors a chance to have their say in the People’s Choice Awards!
Fremantle Chamber Orchestra’s Grand Autumn Gala
As we mentioned at the beginning, it’s not just the visual arts on display during the Armadale Arts Festival, and Fremantle Chamber Orchestra’s Grand Autumn Gala promises to a be feast for the ears and the eyes on May 21. Celebrated violinist Paul Wright conducts and playing solo in a Vivaldi Violin Concerto RV230, followed by Mozart’s classic Flute Concerto 1 with Michael Howell.
Plan your Armadale Arts Festival adventure now via their Start Here Page.
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