Ever wondered where all the amazing Woodford bar and venue signs come from?
Look no further than right here on site!
Our wonderful team of artists (or SignArtogists as we like to call them) work tirelessly here in the months leading up to the festival to produce just about every one of the signs you see outside a bar or venue.
They’ve done many memorable works like the Garland Bar sign, the Dance Hall façade, the Coopers bar sign and the La Grande sign.
The pieces range in size from the massive seven-panel Dance Hall façade, all the way down to signs for the ATM booths.
Right now they’re beavering away at about 10 new major projects as well as touching up some of the older ones that didn’t quite survive storage.
The crew is championed by head SignArtogists Rob Clark and Kaz Armet, and a team of talented volunteers.
Rob is a veteran sign artist and the mastermind behind many of the impressive works around the festival you would recognise.
“It’s extremely satisfying to see the whole journey, as it goes from just an idea in our heads, to a pencil sketch and then all the way to the real thing,” he said.
Kaz has just come on board this year after a long Woodford hiatus spent living overseas, bringing artistic inspiration from international festivals Eclipse and Burning Man.
When asked if she was blown away by those festivals, Kaz said, “Sort of… but I’d actually had all that here before – it just made me realise I need to get back to Woodford!”
New this year
“Our biggest one this year – and very exciting – will be the Parlour, because we’re doing the front as well as the back garden,” Rob said.
“We work closely with the bar team and the other art and decor team so that visually it all ties in with the theme of the venue – at the Parlour obviously it will be vaudeville, cabaret style.”
The Parlour venue will this year have a garden bar out the back, featuring a Parisian style streetscape mural by SignArtogist Sally Fisher.
Other major projects this year include the Lettering House, the Sidewood Wines Bar, the new Vinyl Bar, the Amphitheatre Bar and the General Store.
A revamp is also underway on some old works that have become a bit weathered, including the entrance to the Butterfly Walk the Garland Bar sign and the Coopers Bar sign.
“The Garland Bar sign made it all the way through the festival last year, until it rained the night before we packed it up,” Rob said.
“Only then did we discover all those flowers were not colour-safe – the dye ran down the whole sign.
“So here we are doing it all again!”
Keep an eye out for the new additions to the already extraordinary array of major sign artworks scattered around the festival precinct.
Please note, all tickets to the festival must be purchased before arrival. Ticket allocation will be capped this year and all vehicles will require a Vehicle Pass.