New art project gARmenT to see community imagination run wild

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Wearable art project gARmenT is coming to the Albany Town Hall.
Camera IconWearable art project gARmenT is coming to the Albany Town Hall. Credit: City of Albany

Imagination will run wild for a wearable art project inspiring creative fashion fun.

A new City of Albany art project gARmenT created by Albany locals is aimed at bringing a diverse range of ages, cultures and makers together to build a creative community event.

The project received a $57,300 grant from the State Government’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Local artists will facilitate workshops with school groups, South Regional TAFE, local community groups and an Indigenous women’s group to produce almost 40 wearable art pieces.

gARmenT will launch with a gala fashion show at the Albany Town Hall in late August followed by a two-week exhibition to showcase the project to the whole community.

Albany Contemporary Dance will create a bespoke performance for the fashion show and talks by the garment creators will feature throughout the exhibition.

City of Albany arts and culture manager Paul Nielsen said involving the entire community was a central focus for the project.

“We would like to work with our local community to build new networks and grow audiences across Albany,” he said.

“We hope to diversify the regular attendance of our audience and engage them in a creative event that is accessible, inclusive and creates a safe space for our community to interact with”.

Expressions of interest for artists who wish to be involved in the project closed on Friday.

Technical support workers, photographers, videographers and a sculptor for the two-week exhibition will also be sought after.

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