RDE – Regional Disability Expo with bonus Seniors Expo Mandurah

RDE is a great experience for anyone who’s life may have been affected by someone living with a disability and/or the age care sector.
Join us at the RDE-Regional Disability with bonus Seniors Expo for a day filled with inspiration, information, and empowerment. This in-person event brings together a diverse community of individuals, families, and organizations dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and the aged care sector.

Discover the latest innovations in assistive technology, explore service providers, and connect with like-minded individuals. Learn about accessible recreation options, employment opportunities, and resources to enhance your well-being.

Whether you’re a person with a disability, a caregiver, or a professional in the field, the RDE-Regional Disability with bonus Seniors Expo is the place to be. Come and be part of a welcoming and inclusive environment where you can gain knowledge, make connections, and celebrate the abilities of all individuals.

Mark your calendar and get ready to embrace a day of insight and awareness at the RDE-Regional Disability with bonus Seniors Expo!

Rotary Family Fun Day and Duck Race

The Rotary Family Fun Day and Duck Race is held each year on Easter Saturday (30th March 2024) on the Eastern Foreshore in Mandurah. There is a program of free music and entertainment throughout the day, market stalls, novelty events, children’s activities, displays and the annual Duck Race in mid-afternoon on the estuary.

This is an annual event designed for Rotary to say ‘thanks’ to the community for support during the previous 12 months. More than 50 volunteers (Rotarians, families and friends) are required to conduct the event, with help from many other community groups in Mandurah.

Sew + So :: the in-between space exhibition

Join us for the highly anticipated opening of CASM’s first exhibition of 2024!

‘Sew + So :: the in-between space’ showcases contemporary fibre art by 15 talented local and regional artists. Discover the beauty and significance of the ‘in-between space’ through the material and narrative sense.

Sew+ So :: the in-between space features artworks by Kate Campbell Pope, Helen Coleman, Denise Fisher, Alana Grant, Philomena Hali, Marie Mitchell, Jan Mullen, Annette Nykiel, Deidre Robb, Tania Spencer, Chelsea Turner, Susie Vickery, Jo Wassell, Louise Wells, Martien van Zuilen.

Don’t miss this unique and thought-provoking exhibition.

Exhibition opening: Sunday 4 February 1pm
Artist talks: Sunday 4 February 2pm and Sunday 17 March 2pm

Where: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM), 63 Ormsby Tce, Mandurah

Masterpieces 2K24 | Junior Masterpieces

MASTERPIECES 2K24 ART COMPETITION | 12-25 YRS
Be delighted, challenged and intrigued by the annual Masterpieces Art Competition and Exhibition celebrating the depth of talent of Mandurah’s local emerging artists. Look out for practical art workshops leading into the exhibition specifically designed for creative youths.

Venue: CASM, 63 Ormsby Tce

 

JUNIOR MASTERPIECES | 5—11 YRS
An inclusive exhibition celebrating Mandurah’s exciting community of young artists.

Venue: Mez Art Space ManPAC, 9 Ormsby Tce

Other Worlds exhibition by Alana Grant | Claire Pannell

‘Other Worlds’ invites you to wander into imaginary places.

View new artworks that place the seemingly mundane or fantastical into unusual juxtapositions, at times as a comment on society, or simply absurd and fun.

The exhibition showcases the range of mixed media the artists use in their work, with a focus on collage.

Exhibition opening: Sunday 2 June, 2pm
Artist Talks: Sunday 9 June, 11am

Mandurah Wedding Fayre

Mandurah’s only outdoor Wedding Fair, showcasing the very best of our local wedding vendors & venues

Come down to Keith Holmes Reserve on Feb 25 to meet around 50+ local professional and friendly Wedding vendors ready to help you make planning your dream wedding a breeze!

A fun, family friendly event where you can chat with local vendors face to face, enjoy a spectacular bridal gown catwalk show, feast on some tasty wedding food samples and enjoy the live music performed from a range of wedding entertainers, DJs, and MC’d by Ali Hill from Wave FM!

The best part?

The event is completely free, generously sponsored by the City of Mandurah.

So come down, enjoy some exclusive ‘On the Day’ vendor expo discounts and participate in our exciting ‘snap and tag’ wedding competition with your chance to win some fabulous wedding day related prizes!

This event is being hosted by the following local businesses:

  • Marriage Office Mandurah
  • Zoo Bridal
  • Birds of a Feather Events

Surrounding hospitality establishments will be open and free public car parking & toilets are available.

Make it a date with your partner and we will see you there

A palette of experiences: Plein Air Down Under Festival in Mandurah

French for open air, ‘plein air’ painting is all about capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject outdoors. And that’s exactly what the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival sets out to do.

Plein Air Down Under Festival in Mandurah

Discover a palette of experiences

Love to paint? Why not take it ‘plein air’!
French for open air, ‘plein air’ painting is all about capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject outdoors. And that’s exactly what the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival sets out to do.

Western Australia’s largest outdoor painting festival returns this year during the September long weekend (23-25 September), providing a unique opportunity for artists to share their love of painting outdoors amongst the magnificent surrounds of Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct and the historic town of Pinjarra.

But you don’t have to be a Vincent Van Gogh to enjoy what’s on offer. Whatever your age or level of artistic skills – there’s something for everyone – spectators and art collectors alike.

What’s on at the festival hub

The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is where it all comes together. It’s where you can view exhibited works, sign up for workshops, watch various painting demonstrations with guest artists and in the evening, switch off and kick back with live music.

On Saturday 23rd September, the Lotterywest Demo Zone on the Eastern Foreshore will also be buzzing with a series of free hands-on painting demonstrations. Never tried painting with watercolours? See how easy it is to get started with award-winning artist Amanda Brett.

Be sure to check out the full line-up of free events across the weekend.

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Want to register as an artist?

All artists who register to paint at the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival can enter two paintings into the exhibition to be held at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Judges will be awarding artwork across various categories and there’s a prize pool of over $12,000 up for grabs.

Head to the festival website to register.

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There’s artwork to inspire you everywhere you go

Wherever you go in Mandurah, you’ll be immersed in the arts. Continuing outdoors, you’ll stumble upon some of the most creative artworks along Mandurah’s Instagram Trail

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Follow the Mandurah Instagram Trail to find this hungry pelican by artist Jenny McCracken

Thomas Dambo’s famous Giants are still calling Mandurah home, and with the mild weather in play, it’s the perfect opportunity to head further out and explore the Giants of Mandurah

Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore
Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore

Visit the Mandurah Visitor Centre to get started, choose the Giants you’d like to visit and embark on your self-guided expedition. Don’t forget to check out the amazing ‘Welcome to Country’ mural by artists Peta & Corey Ugle and the 3D Augmented Reality experience that brings the artwork to life by telling the Aboriginal creation story of Mandurah’s vast waterways.

3D Augmented Reality Experience at the Mandurah Visitor Centre
Come to the Mandurah Visitor Centre to enjoy a 3D Augmented Reality experience.

Leave your car at the hotel and hire an e-bike or e-scooter, or jump on a ‘Ride the Giants’ e-bike tour. You can also take a cruise with Mandurah Cruises to visit the Giant ‘Seba’s Song’ – which is best viewed from the water. See all Giants of Mandurah tours here.

Seba's Song Giant by Thomas Dambo
Seba's Song Giant by Thomas Dambo

If you need a change of pace, head indoors and visit some of Mandurah’s colourful art spaces and galleries.

Black Stump Art Gallery in Mandurah
Black Stump Gallery by Emma Blyth, Mandurah

Where to venture beyond the festival

When you feel like taking a break from all the action on land, change up the scenery and hit the open water. If you’d like to see dolphins in the wild and up close, jump on a boat tour or cruise through Mandurah’s waterways and estuaries. It’s home to more than 100 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins – the largest population in WA. And if you’re exploring with little feet in tow, the Pirate Ship Mandurah is an absolute must! 

For more ideas on where to go and what to do, check out our top 10 things to do in Mandurah.

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Cruising the Mandurah Canals in Halls Head | image courtesy: Mandurah Cruises

Explore a different kind of palate

When you’ve run your paint palette dry and worked up an appetite, there’s no shortage of places to eat in Mandurah. Our top picks include breakfast at Wood and Stone Café, a relaxing lunch that lingers into the afternoon at Boundary Island Brewery and a dinner to share at Flics Kitchen

Boundary Island Brewery
Boundary Island Brewery

Mandurah’s restaurants are always cooking up great vibes no matter where you go. From popular local haunts Brewvino and The Pen to the iconic flavours of Redmanna on the waterfront – you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are so many great places to eat and drink in Mandurah. Just be sure to book ahead and reserve your table to avoid disappointment!

The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant
The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant

Where to stay in Mandurah

If you like to stay close to all the action of the festival, you’re in luck! Some of the best accommodation in Mandurah is centrally located for your convenience. The Sebel Mandurah and Dolphin Quay Apartments are footsteps away from popular attractions and dining options.

Venture a little further along the coast and Seashells Mandurah and C Mandurah Resort & Serviced Apartments have all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay by the water.

Check out all Mandurah accommodation here.

Seashells Resort Mandurah
Seashells Resort Mandurah

And if you don’t want to leave the pooch behind, there’s plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options and experiences.

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Walking along the Mandurah Estuary in Falcon

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SHELTER by Verity Byth

Shelter is a solo exhibition by Verity Byth that creates an interactive experience to articulate and prioritise the needs for shelter in our personal lives, community and biosphere.
The aim of this project is to engage the community in a discussion about homelessness by exploring the notions and emotions of shelter in a climate-ravaged world.

  • Exhibition Opening: Sunday 6 August, 2.30pm
  • Artist Talk: Sunday 6 August, 1pm-2pm

Visit Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah Facebook Page for updates.

Spirit of the Landscape Art Exhibition

SPIRIT OF THE LANDSCAPE ART EXHIBITION, presented by Plein Air Down Under

This exhibition celebrates the vast landscapes of rural, regional and remote Australia, through the eyes of exhibiting artists. In telling these stories, artists may choose to reference place, the people of remote communities, the topography of the landscape or the challenges of living and working in remote Australia.

This carefully curated selection of award winning artists will ensure a high standard of work while acknowledging these artists’ continued involvement and support of the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival.

The Spirit of the Landscape Art Exhibition presents:
Andy Dolphin, Andy Conlin, Brendon Darby, Constance Conroy Paul, D’hange Yammanee, Hilly Coufreur, James Walker, Jos Coufreur, Leanne Pearson, Leon Holmes, Matt Ryder, Natasha Ruschka, Pip Phelps, Robyn Lowry, Samuel Swadling, Shane van Rensburg, Tiffany Forster, Val Brooks.

 

Exhibition Opening

  • Saturday 9 September 2023, at 2.30 pm (following the World Wide Paint Out in Mandjar Square)
  • Everyone welcome

 

About Plein Air Down Under…

Leading Australian outdoor painting festival Plein Air Down Under is held annually in Mandurah and the Peel Region over the September long weekend and follows in the footsteps of international plein air festivals held in Ireland, the Netherlands, mainland USA and Hawaii. The festival attracts artists of all levels to paint en plein air and features world-class tutors accessible to the general public through free demonstrations, artist talks and special events.

Find out more here.

Dark Corners

Presented by Ross Vegas. Experience Mandurah’s beautiful Eastern Foreshore from a new perspective, in this spooky heritage walking tour.
As the dusk fades, follow an illuminated ghost ship on a voyage through history, as it reveals the stories of Mandurah’s past residents. Shimmering figures emerge from the ship’s lantern, painting pictures on the walls with light, before dissolving into the night.

Dark Corners illuminates the past, using new technologies of projection-mapping and augmented reality to enhance the oldest of art forms; the ghost story. Featuring local stories, collected from local archives and the Mandurah community, Dark Corners is a beautiful and immersive experience uncovering the historic tales that haunt us still.

Dark Corners includes themes of horror and the supernatural, and is suitable for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Meting/ Finishing Location:
Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool, Eastern Foreshore Reserve