Thursday, 15 June 2017

Two incredible Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase performances took centre stage at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre at the weekend, June 10 and 11.

With a sell-out show on Saturday, more than 1300 people enjoyed the extravagant, provocative and colourful spectacle of art on the body over the two shows.

Forty incredible, handmade garments were showcased during the performances, which were chosen from 114 entries as part of the Wearable Art Mandurah Competition.

Showcase Master of Ceremonies, actor, singer, broadcaster Fiona Cornelisse, announced Keysbrook artist Marie Gallin and Northampton artist Jude Tupman the winners of the Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year, presented by the City of Mandurah, for their garment, Boab.

The winning piece was made of materials including zamia and gum nuts, leaves, bark, twigs, feathers, drink bottles and cans. The artists used methods including hand and machine embroidery, dyeing, felting, burning and applique.

This year's competition included international entries from Romania, Switzerland and New Zealand, and nationally from Alice Springs, Darwin, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland.

Deputy Mayor Darren Lee said the Showcases were a feast for the senses.

“From the incredible garments, the lighting, the music, to the dancers and performers, Wearable Art Mandurah delighted the crowds, and keep getting better and better year after year,” he said.

“The City is proud to present such an event that nurtures and encourages local artistic talents and those from afar. We have some outstanding artists and designers in our community and beyond, and it's great to see their hard work showcased and promoted in this way.

“Thanks to our major funding partners Peel Development Commission, the Department of Culture and the Arts and Healthway, promoting the 'Act-Belong-Commit' message, for their support. Congratulations to the designers, the models, the dancers, the organisers, sponsors and everyone behind the scenes for putting this amazing event together.”

The 2017 Wearable Art Mandurah winners are:

  • Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year (presented by the City of Mandurah): Marie Gallin (Keysbrook) and Jude Tupman (Northampton) for 'Boab'
  • Tafta Inc Award: Elizabeth Morley (Coolup) for 'Smashing Pumpkin(s)'
  • First Time Entrant Award: Svenja (Queensland) for 'Anthozoa'
  • Creative Re-Use Award: Jacq Chorlton (Bertram) for 'A Fish out of Water'
  • Oceania Category (presented by The Sebel Mandurah): Val Hornibrook (Capel) for 'Coral Bleaching'
  • Architectural Category: Helen Coleman (Falcon) for 'Icarus Rising'
  • Powertex Award: Silver Chain (Greenfields), facilitated by Carol Hazel, for 'Sands of Time'
  • Avant-Garde Category (presented by Onyx Hair and Beauty Crew): Louise Wells (Inglewood) for 'Everlasting Love?'
  • Tertiary Student Award (presented by the WA Fibre and Textile Association): Kirsten Springvloed (St James) for 'Waving Goodbye'
  • Highly Commended Tertiary Student Award (presented by the WA Fibre and Textile Association): Catherine Kelly (Success) for 'Take Flight'
  • Youth Award (presented by Reading Cinemas): Sophie Lance (Bertram) for 'Kitchen Couture'
  • Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award: Gem Vassallo (Bickley) for 'Covered Media'

A selection of the garments from the Showcase will be exhibited at the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery and Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) from August 4 to September 3.