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Shearwater wearable arts event, paper division. Photo supplied.

A prize pool of more than $8,000 is sure to tempt people from around the country to enter the WAVE event that has five exciting design sections to be inspired by. Garments can be sewn, riveted, welded, glued, painted, collaged, knitted, woven, built and assembled from metal, leather, rubber, natural fibres, industrial waste and recycled objects. The entries will then be incorporated into a highly professional choreographed production, which will take place in the Shearwater hall, in November.

Imagination the limit

According to WAVE Production Coordinator Joshua Rushton, the arrival of the competition garments in October provides the final inspiration for the show’s narrative.

‘Your competition design entry and your personal interpretation of a Wearable Arts section will play an intrinsic part in the show’s artistic and cultural expression,’ said Rushton.

‘As the designers fire up their imaginations and begin to develop their unique creations, students, teachers and community artists will be engaged in developing the music, costume, choreography, set design, stage tech, ticketing and promotion, catering, stage building, front of house, film and special effects.

‘In this sense, Shearwater’s Wearable Arts event has built, over almost two decades, an incredible production dynamic – a true artistic interface between high school and world. A competition that goes out to community in April; a high school production that builds an incredible show around an inspiring theme… and finally the integration of competition entries that brings the show to life.’ 

The performances will take place from November 6 to 9.  All entry forms must be received by October 16. A late entry fee will apply to entry forms received after September 26. Closing date for costume entries is October 21.

See the Shearwater Performing Arts website for section descriptions and an entry form for the 2019 event, as well as an explanation of what defines wearable art and photos and video of previous Wearable Arts performances at Shearwater. If you require any further information about Wearable Arts, please contact costume entry supervisor Praba Manning [email protected] or phone Shearwater on (02) 6684 3223.

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