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Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase brings garments to life
An inspiring collection of handcrafted wearable art pieces from local, national and international designers will take centre stage in November for the Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase.
The Showcase events will be held on November 6 and 7 at David Grays Arena as part of the 2021 Mandurah Arts Festival (October 29 – November 7).
The finalist garments have been lovingly crafted over the course of the year-long competition program, and are made from a huge variety of materials – from traditional fabrics, designer handbags, disposable rubber
gloves and plastic straws.
With the premier arts event put on hold last year due to COVID-19, this year’s Wearable Art Mandurah competition attracted a record number of entries from emerging and professional designers. From there,
86 garments were accepted into the judging events last month at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (ManPAC).
The garments were individually judged by an expert panel, and have been narrowed down to 52 finalist pieces that will take to the stage for the upcoming Showcase events. The garments will be presented by
professional models in a theatricalised catwalk performance, alongside a specially commissioned film which will simultaneously show the garments in all their wonder.
The Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase dates are:
- Saturday, November 6 at 7.30 pm featuring the Designer Awards
- Sunday, November 7 at 1.30 pm (relaxed performance)
- Sunday, November 7 at 7.30 pm – closing performance
Category award winners will be announced during Saturday’s performance including Paper, Black and White, Migration, Avant-Garde, Tertiary and Youth, as well as special prizes such as Artist of the Year and Creative Reuse.
Wearable Art Mandurah is a year-long program, which also includes selected garments featuring in a number of exhibitions and activations following the Showcase event. These exhibitions provide an exciting
opportunity for the public to get up close to the amazing artworks and learn more about the way they have been created.
For the first time in Wearable Art Mandurah history, the competition has included a category specifically for garments made of 90 per cent paper. The 11 Paper category garments will be featured in the In The Fold exhibition at ManPAC’s Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery from November 5-27, coinciding with the Mandurah Arts Festival.
Tickets are now available for the unique Showcase event. To purchase tickets and for more information about the competition go to wearableartmandurah.com
Wearable Art Mandurah 2021 Showcase
6 & 7 November
David Grays Arena, Dower Street, Mandurah
Wearable Art Mandurah’s 2021 Showcase presents revolutionary works of art on the body from local, interstate and international designers. This year experience a theatrical catwalk performance, accompanied by a specially commissioned film showing the garments in all their wonder. Witness the garments simultaneously live, and in film, as they parade across the oval at David Grays Arena in a never-before-seen wearable art event.
Saturday 6 November, 7:30 pm
Experience the Showcase come to life including the announcement of the competition winners.
Sunday 7 November, 1:30 pm
Bring the family to this adapted, family-friendly performance designed to suit people wanting to experience a more relaxed experience, with technical elements softened and the ability to move around the space.
Sunday 7 November, 7:30 pm
Finish off your Mandurah Arts Festival experience by attending the closing performance of the 2021 Showcase.
Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase is proud to be part of the Mandurah Arts Festival 2021 program of events. Immerse yourself in all things arts and culture – 29 October to 7 November 2021.