Wearable Art Mandurah 2017



2017 was an important year for the competition, as it expanded and rebranded to become Wearable Art Mandurah, complete with new judging procedures and whole new look.


See below more detailed information about judging, showcase and exhibition.

2017 competition


In 2017 the competition received record entries with 112 submitted garments in 5 categories: Avant Garde | Oceania | Architectural | Tertiary | Common Threads Artist of the Year Avant Garde | Creative Reuse Award, TAFTA Inc Award | Powertex Award, |Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award | Youth Award | First-time Entrant Award 

For the first time, all garments underwent a digital pre-selection process, before select garments were chosen to appear at Judging, where they were presented on a model with professional hair, makeup and photography.

The showcase was separated from the Stretch Festival and took place 10 and 11 July at  Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, with two performances in order to meet increasing audience demand.

An audio description and a tactile tour were introduced for the Sunday matinee showcase.


View the 2017 Showcase program here.

The exhibition was held from 4 August – 3 September at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah and the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery.


The 2017 winners were:

Avant Garde – Louise Wells; Everlasting Love? | Oceania – Val Hornibrook; Coral Bleaching | Architectural – Helen Coleman; Icarus Rising | Youth – Sophie Lance; Kitchen Couture | Tertiary – Kirsten Springvloed; Waving GoodbyeArtist of the Year– Marie Gallin & Jude Tupman; BoabTaftainc. Award – Elizabeth Morley; Smashing Pumpkin(s) | Creative Reuse – Jacq Chorlton; A Fish out of WaterFirst-time Entrant – Svenja; Anthozoa | Gillian-Kaye Peebles Youth Award – Gem Vassallo; Covered MediaPowertex Award – Silver Chain facilitated by Carol Hazel; Sands of TimeTertiary Student Highly Commended – Catherine Kelly; Take Flight


The 2017 judges were:

Dunja Rmandic | Lesley Wilkinson | Ashley Hay | Diane Binns | Megan Salmon | Leisa Landre-Ord | Paul O’Connor | Councillor Tahlia Jones 


Artistic Director – Helen Duncan | Production Management – Troy Leenards | Choreographer – Laura Biynes, Scott Elstermann | Sound Composition – Joe Lui | Lighting Design – Joe Lui | Set Design – Carolyn Marks & Helen Coleman | Costume Design – Julie Smith & Anne-Marie Piccoli | Professional Performers – Natalie Allen, Charity Ng, Tyrone Earl Lraé Robinson, Scott Elstermann | Live Musician – Kieran Barnes, Francisco Munoz, Tim Voutas | Stage Management – Emily Malone | Wardrobe Manager – Julie Smith | Wardrobe Assistants – Jo Ireland, Anne-Marie Piccoli | Production Volunteer – Robyn Duncan | Presentation Flowers – Kez Wickham St George | Styling Hair and Make-up – Onyx Hair & Beauty Crew | Showcase Program Photography – Elle Norgard | La Mariposa (full page photo) – Olivia Grace Photography & Video, Metro Modelling & Dance Academy


Act-Belong-Commit | HealthWay | Department of Culture and the Arts | Peel Development Commission | Metro Modelling & Dance Academy | The Sebel | Reading Cinema | Onyx Hair & Beauty | taftainc. | WAFTA | Powertex | Oriental Post


Garments featured in the Judging 2017 gallery are:

Gabby Rule; Silkworm | Rebecca Vandepeer; Voronai | Kirsten Springvloed; Waving Goodbye | Catherine Kelly; Take Flight | Jodi Van Rensburg; Beyond the Galaxy | Bronwyn Packwood and Larissa Murdoch; Tidal | Helen Coleman; Icarus Rising | Marie Gallin and Jude Tupman;  Boab – Close up | Silver Chain; Sands of Time