The festival began in 1974 when local Barraba artist Rupert Richardson and the Anglican clergyman Matthew Burrows were discussing ways to raise funds for the local Anglican Church St Laurence’s. They decided that an art exhibition in conjunction with the St Laurence’s Church stalls would be a good idea. The title was based on a popular British TV show of the time “Frost Over London” staring David Frost. “Frost Over Barraba” was an appropriate title as the festival was to be held mid winter, when there was the likelihood of snow and frost in Barraba. The format of the art exhibition in the Youth Centre and stalls on the lawn has stayed in place until the last couple of years. Community members have worked hard to make the festival the success that it is. A large proportion of the art entries are now on display in the Barraba RSL Memorial Hall. The St Laurence’s Family Fair of stalls selling crafts, cakes, produce, plants, morning teas and lunch and interesting secondhand goods will be set up in the church grounds with a “40th Frost Retrospective” in the Anglican Church Youth Centre. There will be an afternoon concert in the church.
Dates: Thursday 26 – Sunday 29th June 2014.
To see more information on “Frost Over Barraba” entries, exhibitions and an exciting array of workshops, you can visit the website: