Wearable Art Mandurah: City defers decision on support despite event’s growing international standing


Last year’s entry from Mandurah’s Ability Arts.
Last year’s entry from Mandurah’s Ability Arts.

WEARABLE Art Mandurah is on the threshold of developing into a major event with an international profile.

But the City of Mandurah deferred its support of the event at its meeting last night, pending a further briefing.

The former Common Threads Wearable Art was re-branded last year aimed at becoming a leading arts event on the Australian calendar.

Wearable Arts was born from a small catwalk show at Mandurah’s annual Stretch Festival in 2011 when 11 outfits were modelled by community members in Mandjar Square.

Last year, with entries from 86 designers including from Italy and New Zealand, the show was a sell-out at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

This year, entries have already reached 114 with submissions from throughout Australia, Switzerland, Romania, Canada and New Zealand.

Wearable Art Mandurah is a huge success story for Mandurah according to the council and has the potential to become an international destination event.

A report to council said the event fostered a rich artistic environment that had attracted investment from internal and external investors and encouraged creative excellence by generating opportunities for artists to develop beyond their perceived capabilities.

It is also a key vehicle in realising the City’s ambition to build a unique and creative world-class cultural city.

The report added that it was now time to take the project to the next level in the cultural tourism market.

This year’s gala awards night is on Saturday, June 10 with a more community-orientated show on Sunday, June 11.