About the Festival

Each year, our festival takes place in Kingston's beautiful City Park. For directions to the park, click here. The original concept for the festival has, for the most part, remained unchanged. This unique, one-day rain or shine art festival has four facets:

~ Celebrating women's creativity through the arts

~ Providing a forum for artists to display their work and meet other artists

~ Encouraging women to meet, exchange ideas and connect with organizations

~ Fundraising for local women's organizations

This non-juried festival features original art designed and created by women and includes painting, printmaking, sculpture and pottery, jewelry, drawing, photography and fabric art to name a few. The number of artists who exhibit has grown from about 50 in the beginning to almost 200 in 2016. About 1/3 of the exhibitors each year are new to the festival. Several artists have inspired their daughters and granddaughters to participate, resulting in multiple generations exhibiting together!

After expenses, the balance of monies are donated to women's organizations who have applied to the Festival for funding. In the last 29 years, the Women's Art Festival has donated over $85,000 to support women and children who live in Kingston and the surrounding area. Please click here to find out how to apply for funding and to view a list of groups who have been supported by the Kingston Women's Art Festival.

The event has grown from its small roots to become a well-recognized and highly anticipated Kingston event. For many years now, we have seen a consistent turnout of approximately 3,000 plus people for this one-day event. The crowd is always representative of the whole community and many local residents make it an annual outing for the whole family. It has also become a favourite with the tourist crowd. In addition to the wonderful artwork, visitors enjoy an afternoon of music, a children's craft area, a silent auction, and a great selection of food and refreshments.

We welcome the support of volunteers who are needed to help manage the administrative and on-site tasks required to run the festival. To find out more about our volunteer opportunities, please email committee@womensartfestivalkingston.ca.