Giant WARA ART straw sculptures of Niigata come to York WA

Project Summary

28 August 2018

Sector: Arts and Culture

Country location: Australia

Grantee: York Arts & Events Inc.


Large piece of 3D artwork of a chameleon in a park
2018 Wara Art Festival "Chameleon". Credit: Courtesy of Wara Art Japan. Design by students from the Musashino Art University

Project description

Wara Art comes to Australia.  For the first time, Australian audiences can see Japan's famous Wara (rice straw) Art sculptures when Japanese artist AKIRA MORIYA travels to the historic West Australian wheatbelt town of York to oversee the construction of straw sculptures in the tradition of Wara Art. Over five weeks, Mr Moriya will work alongside West Australian artists Fiona Gavino and Yuko Takahashi and volunteers to construct the sculptures of endangered Australian animals during the month long annual ACT-BELONG-COMMIT York Festival between 8th September and 7th October, 2018. This is the first time Wara Art has been seen outside Asia and represents a major coup for the small town of York which enjoys a trade relationship with Japan extending over many decades. Construction of the straw sculptures, which will be made using locally sourced wheat straw, will commence on Mr Moriya’s arrival in late August.

The “Giant Wara Art straw sculptures come to York” is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Festivals Australia, the Shire of York, the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries of Western Australia and Healthway.

Key dates:

  • Opening weekend of the Act-Belong-Commit 2018 York Festival, York, 08/09/2018 to 09/09/2018
  • Fibre weaving and cultural exchange, York, 21/09/2018 to 24/09/2018

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $12,000



Last Updated: 16 August 2018