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Junk Art Festival

If you’re thinking about entering this year’s junk art festival, Harley Dannatt suggests you take a hike.

By Kylie Stevenson

The four-time entrant says all his iron-work creations have come from items found in the bush, from old fencing and car parts to a section of disused railway track he unearthed at Pine Creek.

“You find the best junk out bush, but sometimes the best pieces are also right in front of you,” he says.

Dannatt is not a professional artist, and Katherine Regional Arts development officer Carmen Ansaldo says that is part of the beauty of the festival.

“It’s not just open to artists, anyone who wants to express themselves creatively can give it a red-hot go,” she says.

The biggest prizes of the night – worth $2000 each – are the classic welded sculpture and non-welded sculpture. Other categories include functional art, wearable fashion, headwear, under 16s, under 5s, the school class prize and the people’s choice award. 

Mambali Band from Numbulwar will headline the opening night on June 1.

Junk Art Festival Sat 1 Jun | Lindsay Street Complex, Katherine | Free | katherineregionalarts.org.au

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