Two unique events before 2017 Wearable Art Mandurah curtain falls

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

This week is the last chance to witness mind-blowing creations currently on display at the Wearable Art Mandurah exhibition with two remaining behind-the-scenes events.

The special exhibition runs until Sunday, September 3 and is presented across two galleries; the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery and Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM).

The exhibition, presented by Act-Belong-Commit, provides opportunities to explore the garment’s techniques, materials, structure and form as well as reliving the showcase through projection, music and film.

There are two unique opportunities left to get up close and personal with the garments and the story behind their competition journey.

Long-standing judge Lesley Wilkinson will host a Q&A session this Saturday, September 2 at 2pm at the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery. The session aims to give the audience and artists an understanding of the judging process from preselection right through to the main judging day.

Following the judge’s perspective, join this year’s winners for a walk through the main gallery discussing their inspiration, choice of material and techniques.

To close the 2017 Wearable Art Mandurah competition, there will be an afternoon tea and designers talk from 2pm on Sunday (September 3) at CASM. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the final day of the exhibition with the designers and discuss their inspirations and challenges behind this year’s garments.

When Wearable Art Mandurah was first held in 2011 it attracted 13 entries. It now attracts entries from all over the world as passionate artists 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 amazing and extravagant wearable works of art.

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

Seven awe-inspiring winning garments are showcased at the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery and an additional five winners and 18 selected additional creations are exhibited at CASM.

For more information about the 2017 Wearable Art Mandurah competition and how to get involved next year, visit www.wearableartmandurah.com. Entries are now open for the 2018 competition.