Saturday, 9 June 2018
Saturday night’s Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) added more weight to Mandurah’s growing reputation as a vibrant regional centre for the arts.

A full house was treated to a spectacular visual arts display – with work from local and international artists.

Showcase Artistic Director Bernie Bernard said the night had been built around the heroes of the night - the garments.

The night featured singing, dancing, acting and a cinematic audio visual backdrop that worked to enhance those heroes.

“This was the first time I have worked in this space and MPAC is fantastic, as are the local technical crew,” Ms Bernard said.

“More importantly the vast majority of the cast for this performance – the singers, the dancers, the actors, were local Mandurah talent,” she said.

City of Mandurah Mayor, Rhys Williams, who presented the night’s big award – the Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year said the event was more than a competition, it was also about building community capacity through workshops, events, and school arts projects.

“This is a great example of how we are now working at the City of Mandurah,” he said.

“Everything we do is about community pride, belief and our story – and being a cultural leader is an important element of Mandurah’s new story. This was a showcase of what we can do and it was made more special by the local talent’s contribution.

“Thanks must go to the major sponsors - Healthway promoting the Act- Belong -Commit message, the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries.

“There was also support from a number of local sponsors – and we thank them for their commitment to the event and the City of Mandurah, “the Mayor said.

The winner of the major award for the night – Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year was Jacq Chorlton. Her garment – Sky and Water III featured black corflute birds, inner tube feathers and handmade embossed aluminium fish.

“Jacq’s work was a wonderful take on Escher’s illustrations – and innovative a creative use of recyclable materials,” said one of the judges, Paul O’Connor.

The 2018 Wearable Art Mandurah winners are:

Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year – Jacq Chorlton (Sky and Water III)
International Artist of the Year – Antoaneta Tica from Romania (Are You Thirsty?)
Creative Reuse Award – Suzette Darcey (LacusCurtivs)
TAFTA Inc Award – Marie Gallin and Jude Tupman (Patches Off)
Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award – Kiana Murphy (Life is a Jigsaw)
First Time Entrant Award – Alina Stanila (Time Travel)
Tertiary Highly Commended Award, presented by WA Fibre and Textile Association – Kirsten Springvloed (Star Power)
Tertiary Student Category presented by WA Fibre and Textile Association – Rochelle Pieres (Wild Swans)
Avant Garde Category presented by Onyx Hair and Beauty Crew – Larissa Murdock (Gaiascope)
Transformation Category – Elizabeth Morley (Takes Grit)
Metallic Category – Deb Hiller (Metal Maiden)
Youth Award presented by Reading Cinemas – Oceana Piccone (Morphett’e)

Tickets to tomorrow’s (Sunday, 10 June) Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase are still available. Call the Box Office on 9550 3900 or visit Mandurah Performing Arts Centre to secure your tickets for the 2pm performance.