Terms and Conditions

1. General

  1. Any entries must be safe and be free of sharp, abrasive or toxic materials that may harm models and performers.
  2. “The City” or “City” means the City of Mandurah Local Government.
  3. “WAM” means Wearable Art Mandurah.
  4. “The Artist” means the person or persons who designed the Garment and whose name/s or names appear on the Application.
  5. An “Entry” is defined as one garment that can be worn simultaneously by one to three models, and designed by an artist and or artistic team.
  6. “The Model” means the person or persons who demonstrate the garments and may, on occasion, be the Artist.
  7. “Garment” means any entry in this competition designed by the artist and worn by the Model in competing for the prize money as set out and available in this competition and shall include without limitation body art, animate or inanimate objects or materials.
  8. Where the Artist consists of two or more persons, payment by the City of any prize money will be deemed to have been effected and discharged by payments to any one of the persons named in the Application.
  9. Total prize money for the event is a minimum of $17,000.00 divided across all categories and special awards (value of the TAFTA Inc. Award excluded). Individual amounts for each prize may vary.
  10. The City will at its absolute discretion determine the amount of any prize to be allocated to each category and for special awards.
  11. The TAFTA Inc. Award is a residential workshop in late September to early October 2021 and the prize includes cover of all accommodation, workshop tuition fees and all meals at the Geelong Fibre Forum. Airfares and transfers are not included. Dates are transferable between the 2021 or 2022 Geelong Fibre Forum. The prize is non-transferable.
  12. Artists should only apply for the TAFTA Inc Award if:
    • the award criteria has been met.
    • they can attend on the dates specified.
  13. Prize money awarded in each category shall be the total amount awarded to each Artist. Any agreement as to amounts to be received between the Artist and the Model shall not be the responsibility of the City.
  14. Garments are not eligible for multiple prizes. If a garment is the highest scorer across multiple categories and/or awards, they will be deemed to win the prize of the highest value category.
  15. Advertising signs or logos (political, commercial or otherwise) will not be permitted on any Garment without prior approval in writing from the City.
  16. Garments worn by a Model must comply with perceived standards of public decency which shall include at the very least the covering of genital areas and female breast nipples.
  17. Judges, in their absolute discretion may disqualify Artists who they believe may or do bring the Competition into disrepute.

2. Original Creation

  1. The Artist warrants and represents, by entering the competition, thats its Garment:
    1. is an original creation;
    2. was made by the Artist;
    3. complies with the Copyright and Trade Mark Guide (a copy of the Copyright and Trade Mark Guide can be found here); and
    4. does not infringe, or pose a risk of infringing, the intellectual property rights of any third party.
  2. The Artist will upon demand reimburse the City in full for all losses, liabilities, damages, expenses and costs incurred by the City arising out of or related to a breach of the warranties and representations given by the Artist in this 2 (Original Creation). For the avoidance of doubt, amounts that may be claimed by the City from the Artist include (but are not limited to) the costs of investigating, defending and/or settling any action, claim or demand.
  3. The City may determine in its absolute discretion whether a Garment complies with the requirements of Clause 2(a). In the event that the City determines that a Garment does not so comply at any stage in the competition process, including after the awards have been assigned, it may disqualify the designer from the WAM awards and/or revoke any awards or prizes that may have been awarded or given in respect of the Garment. In the event of an Entry being disqualified, all prize money must be returned to the City. The City may choose to reassign the award and prize money according to judges scores.

3. Garments

  1. Garments must be durable and be able to be worn up to 15 times.
  2. Shoes may be disregarded as part of the Garment. It is encouraged that footwear should be spat type shoe covers.
  3. Garments should be well balanced with weight distribution directed to the waist and shoulders.
  4. Headwear needs to be well fitted and balanced, and remain in place with movement. The maximum weight of a headpiece is 2 kg.
  5. Any rough or sharp materials used to fabricate the Garment will be lined so there is no contact with skin.
  6. All items the model is required to wear as part of the entry must be supplied by the Artist, including visible undergarments.
  7. Any area that repeatedly makes contact with skin when moving should be padded.
  8. With the exception of Garments entered into the Youth and Tertiary category, all Garments must not have been shown in a previous wearable art event.
  9. Should a Garment get through the judging process and be accepted for the showcase or Wearable Art Mandurah exhibitions (either in the paper category or The Wearable Art Mandurah Exhibition that follows the showcase) the Artist cannot resubmit the Garment, or a garment that is significantly similar to the Garment, to any other events or exhibitions within the next twelve months of the last without the City’s prior written approval.
  10. It is the Artist’s responsibility to insure their Garment against loss, damage or theft. The City is not liable for any damages, loss or theft of property (including the Garment or materials associated with the Garment) throughout the competition.
  11. The City will provide a $100 AUD freight subsidy for each successful pre-selected national or international Garment submission. Pre-selection is determined by a subset of the judges engaged for the awards show using pre-set selection criteria.
  12. There must be a concealed label with the Artist name on the inside of each component of the Garment (including accessories). The City takes no responsibility for Garments which been submitted unlabelled.
  13. Do not use perishable materials, unless properly treated, including animal products, plant products and food. Components submitted using organic materials that may disintegrate will not be accepted.
  14. When shipping entries to Western Australia the designer is responsible for:
    1. ensuring any biological material is properly declared and meets the requirements for entry into Western Australia;
    2. Establishing if any entries using animal or plant product comply with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES); and paying any additional fees or customs charges that may be incurred.
  15. The City reserves the right to repair, reinforce or adjust a Garment to preserve the Garment and ensure it can continue to function throughout the course of any performance or exhibition.
  16. For Garments to be considered for the Showcase, they need to fit the respective female and male sizes as set out below:Female

    Height: 170cm – 180cm

    Bust: 86cm – 96cm, bra size 10B -12C

    Waist: 63cm – 73cmHips: 92cm – 102 cm

    Shoe size: Eur 38 – 41

    The Garment must be less than 3 metres in height or length


    Height: 180cm – 190cmChest: 93cm – 105cm

    Waist: 81cm – 93cm

    Hips: 95cm – 107 cm

    Shoe size: Eur 44-46.5

    The Garment must be less than 3 metres in height or length


    The following specific conditions apply to Artists applying in each respective catgeory

4. Youth Category

  1. Artists in the Youth category must be 18 or under as of 23 June 2021
  2. Artists in the Youth category acknowledge and agree that:
  1. they will obtain their parent/guardian/authorised person’s consent to enter the competition.
  2. any prize money will be paid to the parent/guardian/ authorised person on behalf of the Artist; and
  3. the parent/guardian/authorised person will provide the City of Mandurah with a valid receipt for any prize monies.

5. Tertiary Award

  1. To be eligible for this award you must be enrolled with a tertiary institution as of 23 June 2021 and be able to provide evidence of this on request by the City
  2. Tertiary International Pairing Award - This category is for students selected by their institutions to pair with a student from a different institution to make a pair of complementary Garments inspired by the theme of migration.

6. International Award

The country an Artist is from is determined by the country such Artist is a citizen or permanent resident of at the date of entry.

7. Creative Reuse Award

To be eligible for this ward, Garments must be made from a minimum of 80% repurposed materials.

8. Paper Category Award

To be eligible for this award, garments must be made from at least 90% paper (hard materials), not including paints, inks and thread for embellishment.

9. Pre-Selection

  1. Photographs of garments submitted for pre-selection must be presented as stipulated according to the brief:

Against a plain flat coloured background with no pattern or objects that do not pertain to the fabrication of the Garment. There should be a full-length front, back and two side views as well as up to 2 close-up views.

b. If the Garment is photographed on a model who is under 18yrs of age, written consent must be signed by their parent or guardian and supplied to the City by email.

10. Judging

  1. Garments will not be accepted for judging without the dressing instruction form provided being completed and signed as well as an electronic copy emailed to wearableart@mandurah.wa.gov.au.
  2. Successful Garments get through to the awards show or exhibition pending on any alterations or adjustments that have been stipulated by wardrobe staff on judging day.
  3. Models will be provided through a contracted agency for judging events.

11. Wearable Art Mandurah Awards Show

  1. Choreography, music and creative interpretation of the Garments is at the discretion of the Creative Director.
  2. Models or dancers will be provided by the City to present the Garments on stage. Exceptions will be considered and will be at the discretion of the Creative Director.
  3. If shoes or accessories restrict movement and safety on stage, the Creative Director, at his/her discretion may choose to exclude them from the performance.
  4. If minor adjustments and repairs are needed during the showcase period, the wardrobe staff will carry those out as far as possible. The City is not liable for any damage caused to the Garment due to this process.
  5. Wardrobe attendants will be provided to dress the models and dancers. If assistance is required the artists will be contacted directly by the wardrobe attendants.
  6. Garments need to be safe to wear, with no sharp edges and have an even weight distribution.

12. Wearable Art Mandurah Exhibition

  1. The selection of Garments to be exhibited is at the sole discretion of the Gallery Curator.
  2. Exhibited Garments will be presented as part of an overall concept and may, or may not, include all elements or accessories.
  3. Exhibited Garments will remain in the gallery until the exhibition closing date.
  4. Some Garments may be suspended from set points within the gallery. Garments will be handled with all respect and care utilising the Garment structure or with the creation of small, incidental looped stiches within the inside of the Garment.

11. Photography and Intellectual Property

  1. The Artist and the City acknowledge the moral rights accorded to the Artist under the Copyright Act 1968 and nothing in these terms and conditions shall overcome any moral rights accorded to the Artist pursuant to Part IX of the Copyright Act 1968.
  2. The Artist grants the City a worldwide, perpetual, royalty free and irrevocable licence to photograph, film or take other footage of their Garment for the purpose of featuring or including the Garment in:
    1. advertising, promotional and marketing material of any format including but not limited to print, film and digital; and
    2. merchandise of any type including but not limited to programmes, clothing, posters, images, films and other broadcast and media formats.
  3. The City will photograph all finalist entries for inclusion in the Wearable Art Mandurah Show Programme in a standard style, pose and composition that is directed by the City. Artists will be acknowledged in accordance with Copyright Act .
  4. The Artist grants to the City a worldwide, royalty free, perpetual, transferable licence to use any images or media sent to the City (including images, inspirations and stories) for promotional, merchandising, exhibition and/or media purposes (including commercial purposes), at no cost.

12. Returning garments

  1. In the event you have not arranged the return of your Garment, three attempts will be made to contact you via phone or email within a one-month period before the Garment. If the Artist has not collected the Garment after these three attempts have been made, the City may either dispose of or repurpose the Garment, subject to the requirements of the Copyright Act ..
  2. The City may not send your Garment back in its original packaging.