Paul Summerfield

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 2019 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 or territory as a component of its program. From 2017 states and territories are being paired to create a four year cycle. The brief for Paul was 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.

Each year Paul’s artwork incorporates many elements of our event and our festival community as well as the floral emblems of our featured states and/or territories. In 2019 this is Western Australia (WA) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Our 2019 poster invites you into our world of folk. Paul gives you a birds eye view of this perfect world and at the same time, invites you in to discover the diversity that you will experience when you join us next Easter. Enjoy!

Festival Merchandise

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. 2019 will feature Western Australia (WA) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). We have also commissioned him to design a new set of mugs for each of our entertainment zone bars. This year we’re refreshing the Scrumpy mug as well as producing a brand new mug for our new bar. We’ll be announcing more about all our 2019 merchandise including all the artwork in the coming months.