Dundee Wearable Art is a small initiative that aims to encourage artists, designers and makers from Dundee and beyond to participate in making works of art using the body as a canvas for creativity.
About the project
We run quite possibly Scotland's only wearable art competition. Open to all disciplines and all ages, the competition culminates with a show where the artworks are performed in front of an audience.
The judging criteria are: creativity and originality in interpretation of the section theme (if relevant); design and use of materials and technique; quality of construction; overall presentation and concept; and stage presence of artwork.
At the inaugural event in 2014, 23 artists showcased their creativity in the front of an audience of 128 people. After this great success, we have opened the competition again with four creative sections this year: Technology, Olde worlde, Environment and an Open section. Check out our website for more information about how to enter the competition. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter @DundeeWA and Pinterest for inspiration.
The show will be held on Saturday 26th September 2015 at Dundee Rep's Bonar Hall.
Last year show benefited from incredible 'in kind' support from: the organisers (us!) who worked for months to make it happen; the artists who entered the competition (they made the show); the technicians who brought the artworks to life on the stage with light and music; the volunteers who happily helped backstage and those who modelled/performed the wearable artworks; and last but not least the local business who generously sponsored the prizes. Thanks to them, the show was fantastic!
This year, we would like to secure the necessary funds in advance to both reward and thank all those people who will work hard to make sure the show is absolutely spectacular!
Why we need you...
We want to produce a show that would look very, VERY different from a fashion show!
Making any article of clothing or other wearable object typically involves aesthetic considerations. The term wearable art implies a serious and unique artistic creation or statement. We aim to facilitate this statement by the production of a high quality live performance.
With the funds raised, we will organise 3 days of research, production and rehearsal prior to the show. We will be able to use a creative team (artistic director, light and sound design), to hire a room and to cater for the performers, artists and volunteers during rehearsal times.
You can pledge money for early bird tickets, allocated seats in stands or feel extra special on the night at front row VIP tables. Bonus rewards include event programmes, custom-made badges and cocktails or having an exclusive backstage tour on the day of the event.
You can pledge your skills too! We are looking for performers, hair and make-up artists and volunteer helpers.
Any kind of support will be greatly appreciated!
THANK YOU !
Who we are...
This project was initiated in 2014 by Alice La Rooy and Claire Dufour. Alice is from New Zeeland where the wearable art concept already has a widely established artistic community. She makes objects of wearable art herself. Claire is a freelance community art project and event manager based in Dundee. Passionate about theatre and dance, she is also part of Dundee Rep's Community Company.
Please don't hesitate to give us a shout by email or on Facebook if you have any questions! We'd like to hear what you have to say, ask or recommend.
2014 Competition Winners
Photos courtesy of Irene Birse, Ellen Piggot and Louise Coupar.
Ashley Nieuwenhuizen - "Out bursts my heart" Ming Sau Wu - "Vertebrae"
Open Section Winner Technology Section Winner
Jan Bee Brown - "Coming Home"
Scottish Stories Section Winner
Timothy Taylor Ockenden - "Mother natures walk"
Overall Competition Winner
Jude Burns - "A bright idea"
Best Use of Recycled Material Winner
Sally Mc Nicoll - "Octopose"
Best Use of Yarn Winner