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The Newman Art Expo has been operating continuously since 1977 and has raised an excess of $1000,000 for specific projects at the College. This is the College's major annual community event which continues to reflect the importance the College places upon the arts. It was one of the first school art exhibitions to display significant Australian artists as well as showcase the very best, and emerging West Australian artists.

2018 Newman Arts Festival 

Information will be made available soon.


New artists are invited to express their interest to exhibit by emailing their Artist Profile together with 2 images of their artwork to the Community Relations Officer, Jo Dunn at 

2017 Guest Artist

Kerri Blades Kerri Blades

I was born in Malawi, Africa in 1970. My father, being a Civil Engineer, travelled extensively around the world for various companies, often with the family in tow. Travel was something I got used to at an early age and we finally emigrated to Western Australia in 1981 when I was 11 years of age.

Our family settled in the Hills of Perth and being the eldest of six children life was always busy and happy. I spent three years at Saint Brigid’s College in Lesmurdie before obtaining a placement in the Special Arts Program at Kalamunda Senior High School. What followed was two wonderful years of art, new friends, teenage crushes & learning to drive.

From 1988 to 1991, I studied at the Perth College of TAFE, completing a Diploma in Fine Art with a major in printmaking. This time was hugely influential as I spent every day with likeminded people living and breathing art and creativity. It confirmed for me that all I wanted to do was create.

From 1992 to 1994 I studied a Degree in Fine Art at Edith Cowan University, again majoring in print making with a minor in ceramics.

Pic 2Since completing my studies, my husband and I have travelled extensively throughout Western Australia as a result of his employment. Together with our children, we have lived in remote and isolated areas from the Wheatbelt to the Kimberley and now in the Mid-West.

Through all our travels I managed to keep creating, enter art shows, exhibit when I can and make studio space wherever I could. Every town and region I have lived has contributed to my art and provided inspiration, whether it be the flat fields and vibrant colours of the wheatbelt, the vastness and unique beauty of the Kimberly or the breath taking expanse of the coastal area we now live.

Throughout my career I have experimented in many different mediums but always return to painting, usually with acrylic. The environment around me is always a major influence but it's the life I live as a mother and home maker that I am usually documenting. Often my feelings and emotions are written around my images, creating stories and scenarios that others seem to relate to.

I create because it brings me peace and joy and I can find solace from the challenges that life can throw at you. I also create to help bring joy or comfort to others.

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We invite businesses to sponsor the Arts Festival with Gold, Silver or Bronze Sponsorship Packages, together with general sponsorship packages.


Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

New WES Logo 


Silver Sponsors

Airmaster Logo 90px 

Horiz logo REV BLUE RGB 

KM Horizontal Small Logo 


peet curve logo coated 

Programmed Logo 

Scott Logo New 2012 

Bronze Sponsors


Ascot Signs 

Munns Sly Moore 

Thomas Property Service



Thanks to all the families who volunteered their time at the 2017 Newman Arts Festival. The Newman Arts Festival is the major annual fundraising event for the College. Parents are asked to be involved and kindly volunteer a few hours of their time to the lead up preparations or during the course of the 3-day event.



Donations from Primary Families

Each year parents are asked to kindly donate various items to help make the Community Fair a success.

Donations from Years 7 to 12 Families

Each child in Year 7 is asked to donate one six-pack of soft drink cans (no big bottles). To ensure we don’t end up with an oversupply of one drink type the following is recommended (or something similar):

  • Brigid, Camara and Catherine Lemonade, Lemon Squash
  • Chisholm, Mackillop and Marcellin Coke, Fanta
  • Romero and Thomas More Coke Zero, Diet Coke

Each family from Years 8 to 12 will be asked to donate 6 bottles of water (600ml).

Students are to deliver their allocated drinks to their PCG teacher or to the Marcellin Campus Student Administration.

Twilight Opening

The weekend begins with a Twilight Cocktail Function. Guests get to enjoy exclusive access to the art on offer while enjoying canapes and a selection of fine wines.


Jo Dunn
Community Relations Officer
(08) 9204 9406 | 0417 534 477 |