Paul Summerfield fresh from a trip to the National Gallery of Australia to colour in his new drawing sheet for kids!

Paul Summerfield is an ACT artist. His digital artworks have been seen all over Canberra in many forms over the years featuring on cars, in hospitals, solo exhibitions, album and book covers, posters, limited edition prints, coffee mugs, stickers and zines.

Working with the National Folk Festival, Paul Summerfield has created an artwork for us which encapsulates the spirit and ethos of the Festival.

We are really looking forward to working with Paul over the next few years as he creates unique artwork for our annual posters and merchandise.

Visit Paul’s website and take a journey through the fantastical.


Following the 2016 50th National Folk Festival there was a call-out via our e-News bulletin to find an artist who could be engaged to create a series of poster images for the festival over a four year cycle. Paul was chosen as the artist who could meet this challenge.

The 2018 Poster

Each year, to celebrate the earlier National Folk Festivals that were held each year in a different state or territory, the Festival has a tradition of having a featured state as a component of its program. From 2017 states and territories will be paired to create a four year cycle. The brief for Paul is not only to create an artwork for the poster that reflects the spirit and ethos of the Festival but one which encapsulates our positioning statement 5 days in a perfect world  and also acknowledges both featured states and/or territories.

Paul’s artwork incorporates many elements of our event and our festival community as well as the floral emblems of our featured states. In 2018 this is Tasmania and Victoria. The theme for our 2018 poster is “opening up a world of folk”. Paul takes our perfect world and opens it up to reveal the many facets of folk, it’s genres and styles. Enjoy!

Here are five of our favourite grabs from the 2018 #ourNFF Poster. See the complete version below.

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Paul’s artwork will also feature on our Festival merchandise including our collectable ceramic mugs. As part of our series of mugs we have asked Paul to design a special limited edition featured state mug for the 2017 – 2020 festivals showing the floral emblems of the 2 featured state/s and/or territory for the current year. 2018 will feature Tasmania and Victoria. We have also commissioned him to design a new set of mugs for each of our entertainment zone bars. The first one to be issued was the Session Bar in 2017. We’ll be announcing our 2018 bar mug soon.


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View the complete 2018 National Folk Festival Poster below.

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