Experience the creative work of artists in the Avon Valley.
The Avon Valley is home to a variety of artists and their creative work can be seen as you travel throughout the region along the Avon Valley Art Trail, which outlines public art pieces in Beverley, Goomalling, Northam, Toodyay and York. FORM's Public Silo Trail is also worth following, putting regional WA up in lights.
Avon Valley Art Trail
See highlights of the Avon Valley Art Trail in each town below, and view the brochure for more information.
Take a stroll down the main street and admire the historic buildings and murals painted by James Giddy. You will also murals at the Station Gallery Gardens, IGA, The Art Garden and Red Vault. The Beverley Station Arts and Platform Theatre is a multipurpose cultural precinct at the Victorian Tudor style Railway Station that houses the Shire of Beverley art collection. The Art Garden, featuring a fascinating sculpture garden and East End Gallery, with an extensive range of paintings, jewellery and craft available for sale, are also worth visiting. Find out more.
Mosaics, murals, sculptures and other public artworks adorn the walls and spaces around Goomalling. The Wheatbelt Wander Wall on Railway Tce is the result of a community project art project coordinated and installed by local artist Fleur Schell. The artwork draws inspiration from the C.Y. O'Connor pipeline and includes ceramic tiles created by community members. You can also enjoy a textiles class at Regal and Rustic, recording your own album at the Goomalling Bakery Recording Studio, take home original work from Arcadia Farm Art and fine WA native timber furniture from Floating Edge Design, and see the striking Crystal Serpent Sculpture at Oak Park reserve. Find out more.
With a variety of murals, sculptures, and exhibitions from local art groups, Northam has a wealth of arts for you to discover on your travels around town. Head into the Northam Visitor Centre on your visit, or contact them beforehand for information on what there is to explore. Find out more.
Public Silo Trail
FORM's PUBLIC Silo Trail is putting regional Western Australia up in lights, bringing world class murals to grain silos, transformer boxes and iconic infrastructure in unexpected towns right across the state. The Public Silo Trail begins in Northam, and then takes you 165km east into the Wheatbelt and south to Albany. See a route that takes you to Northam from Fremantle or visit the website for more information.
Bilya Koort Boodja
For an interactive education experience that recognises the rich Aboriginal and environmental presence in the region, visit the Bilya Koort Boodja cultural centre.
Northam Flour Mill Mural
A stunning mural on the historic Northam Flour Mill was designed and painted by Perth-based artists Amok Island, and celebrates Northam's white swans and their home on the banks of the Avon River. Built in 1867, the Northam Flour Mill is a well-loved major landmark for the town, with historical significance as a pioneer industry in the district.
Admire Toodyay's public murals in Charcoal Lane behind IGA including the bright birds mural, a joint venture between Toodyay Tidy Towns and the Shire of Toodyay following Toodyay's win at the 2015 National Tidy Towns awards. The Bushells sign dating back to the 1930s and is situated behind the heritage listed Jager Store which has undergone a number of business changes since it was built in 1897. Uniquely Toodyay is a cooperative of local artists and producers located in the Old Post Office where you can browse original artworks and creations and discover local produce and products. Find out more.
Wara Art, a Japanese form of art made by piecing patches of braided straw over a wooden frame to create magnificent structures, started in York with the creation of sculptures made using locally sourced wheat straw harvested in traditional stooks. These amazing creations are the collaboration of Japanese and Australian artists as well as hundreds of volunteers from the York community and across WA. Find 30 of these works around York by walking the Wara Art Trail! York's Historic Flour Mill precinct offers insta-worthy motives and features the Flour Mill emporium - a collective of local artists and craftspeople. Find out more.
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