Thursday, 10 May 2018
There will be two performances at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) on June 9 and 10.
Local, national and international designers will showcase 40 of their garments as living, breathing works of art on the body, chosen from 93 entries, in full-length, family friendly productions which promises to delight audiences of all ages.
Each year the Showcase provides a platform to extend the artistic offerings with a highly entertaining stage performance. Offering a feast for the senses, it shows off the wearable creations alongside a cast of professional performers, dancers and musicians, this year led by artistic director Bernie Bernard.
Mayor Rhys Williams explained that Wearable Art Mandurah was more than a competition, building capacity through workshops, showcase events and exhibitions.
“It's exciting to see the Wearable Art Mandurah competition keep growing and evolving. The Showcase is an absolute show-stopper is definitely not to be missed,” he said.
“The competition doesn't only recognise and encourage the artists. There are many opportunities along the way for the community to join in, making us stronger and more connected.”
When Wearable Art Mandurah was first held in 2011 it attracted 13 entries. It now attracts entries from far and wide from passionate artists that use everything from milk bottles, stubby coolers, mop heads, seaweed, bubble wrap, four generations of doilies, nappy liners, rubber gloves, gum nuts and coffee pods to create revolutionary works of art for the body.
Last year, more than 1300 people were blown-away by the extravagant, provocative and colourful spectacle of art on the body over the two shows, with a sell-out show on the Saturday.
During the Showcase season, the calendar of events will feature a wearable art exhibition by South Metro TAFE Fashion Design and Floristry students, a series of skill development workshops, and a contemporary textile art exhibition. In August, an exhibition of garments will be held at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM), providing an „up close and personal‟ experience with these extraordinary works of art.
If you love theatre experiences but have trouble hearing or seeing, Sunday's matinee performance offers accessible audio descriptions, tactile experiences and a behind-the-scenes meet and greets with the designers.
For information about the competition and to book tickets, visit www.wearableartmandurah.com.