Wear­able art aims to go up a size

Mandurah Coastal Times - - COASTAL TIMES -

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 re­branded last year, aim­ing to be­come 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.

Jill Burgess

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

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