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Japanese WARA art blazes a trail in York, Western Australia AJF

Priority Area: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia

Grantee: York Arts and Events Inc.

Large sculpture of a bilby
The York Festival's Wara Art bilby, York October 2018 (Credit: Isolated Photography)

Project description

Wara Art returns to The York Festival with the creation of a trail of Wara Art giant straw sculptures. Three Japanese artists and three Australian artists will work with teams of volunteers to create new sculptures that will be installed in and around the West Australian Wheatbelt town of York, 100kms east of Perth. Traditionally Wara Art is made using the surplus rice straw at the end of each harvest. In York, the sculptures will be created using locally sourced wheat straw and are expected to attract thousands of visitors interested in seeing the giant straw sculptures depicting native Australian fauna, most of which are endangered Australian.

The Wara Art giant straw sculpture trail has been funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation, Festivals Australia, the Department of Local Government and Cultural Industries and the Shire of York.

Key dates

York Festival, York, 28/09/2019 to 13/10/2019

A Day In Japan (special guest Japanese Consul-General in Perth, York, 05/10/2019

Official opening of The York Festival/acknowledgement of AJF and other funding partners, York, 27/09/2019

Construction of the Wara Art sculptures, York, 18/08/2019 to 27/09/2019

Welcome ceremony for Japanese artists/acknowledgement of AJF and other funding partners, York, 13/09/2019

Social media: #waraart #yorkfestival

Australia-Japan Foundation grant: $20,000

Last Updated: 11 September 2019
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