Monday, 17 June 2019

The Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase has once again dazzled theatre goers.


The annual showcase featured 43 finalists, which were a mix of beautiful, imaginative and even confronting garments, in a spectacular live performance accompanied by music, theatre and dance at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.


This year’s competition received around 100 entries from across Australia and overseas including New Zealand, America and Romania.  Entries included original creations reflecting the natural environment, social and world issues, folklore, myths and fairy tales.


City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said Wearable Art Mandurah is one of the jewels in our city’s creative crown.


“Wearable Art has grown from humble beginnings, with just 13 entries in 2011.  It is now a year round initiative that attracts international attention.


“The opportunities for collaboration and connection with artists and designers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds is one of the aspects I love most about Wearable Art.


“This of course is only possible thanks to the generosity and hard work of our partners and judges, who are leaders in their fields and whose expertise is invaluable for the growth of the competition.


“A huge thank you also to our volunteers, without your passion and commitment we wouldn’t be able to bring together this visual spectacular,” Mr Williams said.

2019 Winners

First Time Entrant Award

Morte, An Australian Bunyip                                       Marie Wright and Taralee Freeman (NZ)

Powertex Award

Bowerbird’s Blues                                                       Alana Grant and Ruby Vale

Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award

Voyage of the Ancestor                                              Catherine Shepherd

TAFTA INC Award                                      

Suburban Splendour                                                   Jacqueline Gibson

Highly Commended Tertiary Student Award

Coral                                                                           Nasrin Qasemi

Tertiary Student Award

Gaudy Mask Dress                                                     April Richards

Youth Award

In Bloom                                                                      Teddy McRitchie

Movement Award

Regeneration                                                              Ardea Murphy

Avant-Garde Award

Just Breathe                                                                Stephanie Munro

Land Down Under Category

Mourning Birds                                                            Meagan Howe

Creative Re-use Award

X-Ray Vision                                                               Lyn Blasgund

International Artist of the Year Award

Icy Willow                                                                    Antoaneta Tica

Artist of the Year Award

Il Etait Une Fois                                                          Jacq Chorlton


Wearable Art Mandurah has secured the support of some outstanding sponsors and supporters including WA Opera, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Stephen Heath Photography, Metro Modelling, Onyx Hair and Beauty, Seashells Resort, WA Fibre and Textile Association and Powertex Australia.


Wearable Art Mandurah is Australia’s premiere wearable art event for artists of all skill levels, ages and design forms. It attracts entries from professional and amateur artists, using everything from milk bottles, stubby coolers, mop heads, seaweed, bubble wrap, doilies, nappy liners, rubber gloves, dusk masks, x-rays, gum nuts and coffee pods to create revolutionary works of art.


The 2019 Wearable Art Mandurah showcase garments will be on display at Contemporary Arts Spaces Mandurah (CASM) from 6 August to 22 September 2019.


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