The Kingston Women’s Art Festival was started in the late 70’s by a group of women interested in promoting the work of women artists. The event has grown from its small roots to become a well-recognized and highly anticipated Kingston event. It now features over 200 artists, a full day of women’s music, dance and singer-songwriter performances, a silent auction, a children’s activity area, great food from local vendors, and over 4,000 visitors. 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.
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 present day. 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!
Each year, our festival takes place in Kingston’s beautiful City Park. For directions to the park, click here.
After expenses, the balance of monies are donated to women’s organizations who have applied to the Festival for funding. Over the last 37 years, the Women’s Art Festival has donated over $85,000 to support women and children who live in Kingston and the surrounding area. View our charities page 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.
We welcome the support of volunteers who are integral in helping manage the administrative and on-site tasks required to run the festival. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities so there is something for everyone.