Funding Award for Art & Craft Trail

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Southern Art and Craft Trail, running from Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October. Artists, art groups, galleries and venues across the southern region of WA have taken the opportunity to be part of this milestone year.

Earlier this week, ArtSouthWA was awarded funding to deliver this milestone event by the City of Albany, Tourism Western Australia and Regional Arts WA for the 20th Anniversary of the Art Trail which is a huge effort for the volunteer Board. The Art Trail will showcase 75 venues across the greater southern region and is considered to be the leading annual event for artists, providing an opportunity for artists to promote their work in a wide range of venues, and attracts tourists and locals alike, to explore, experience and purchase local artworks.

“It’s an ideal way to show what our region has to offer in the way of artistic talent and unique venues. Just last year the Southern Art and Craft Trail had record attendance to exhibitions, injected around $290,000 into the pockets of our local artists, and contributed over 5 million dollars into our regional economy”, said ArtSouthWA Chair, Merry Robertson.
This year the Art Trail will feature over 400 visual artists and craftspeople, host multiple school student exhibitions in local outlets, community participation art workshops and some wonderful experiences in the iconic Albany Town Hall.

“Over the years the Art Trail has been well supported by local and state government”, commented Ms. Robertson. “We are looking forward to another rewarding and well attended event in 2023.”

The Southern Art and Craft Trail is presented by ArtSouthWA and sponsored by City of Albany, Tourism Western Australia, Regional Arts WA, RDA Great Southern, and numerous local government and professional organisations.

ASWA Chairperson, Merry Robertson with City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington (centre) and Paul Neilson