Act-Belong-Commit Elevate arts


For 13 years the Worn Out Worn Art (WOWA) parade has captivated audiences at the annual Darlington Arts Festival, showcasing wearable costume designs from local primary and secondary school students. This youth arts event is a celebration of creative thinking and environmental consciousness.

In 2018 WOWA itself is being re-invented; with a new time, location and philosophy to engage all members of the Eastern Hills region.

This year for the first time we welcome school students and adults to participate in this celebration of wearable art for the body.

A year-long series of workshops will welcome both children and adults to customise second hand materials and upcycle clothing to reconnect with ‘lost skills’ and work against consumerism. Working with industry professionals including designers, makers and artists, workshops will explore fabric manipulation techniques, clothing deconstruction/reconstruction and sculptural forms all using recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials.

Since taking up management of Midland Junction Arts Centre, MAC has been presented with a fantastic opportunity to not only hold the parade at the centre, but also present theWorn Out Worn Art Exhibition displaying a selection of this year’s entries.

Midland Junction Arts Centre will come alive on the evening of Saturday 24 November for a performance throughout the historic building.

The Worn Out Worn Art exhibition will run from 24 November – 21 December.

If you are interested in taking part in WOWA and to receive further updates please register your interest by completing the form below. 




This year’s WOWA parade showcased an extravaganza of art for the body made from transformed discarded materials. Record attendance saw Kalamunda Senior High, Helena College, Malvern Springs Primary, Swan View Senior High, City of Swan Youth Group Girls Night In and independent entries present their artworks in a spectacle of upcycled wearable artworks.

Volunteers, Mundaring Arts Centre staff and WOWA co-ordinator Sarah Zel Chescoe met with participants midday to prepare hair and makeup to complement the costume themes; ‘Insectomania’, ‘70’s Hippy’, ‘Birds of Paradise/Prey’, ‘Steam Punk’, ‘Moon & Stars’ and ‘Punk Mermaids.’

A procession through the Darlington Arts Festival crowd commenced as 5pm drew near. Almost 70 participants outfitted from head to toe in eye-catching costumes heralded the beginning of the parade on the main stage. Lyn Williams, Lyn Woldendorp and Elizabeth Green-Mackinlay adjudicated the performance while coordinator Sarah Zel Chescoe provided engaging commentary to the engrossed audience. 

A big thank you to our sponsors, the Local Drug Action Group, Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan, Act-Belong-Commit Healthway, Lyn and Richard Woldendorp, schools, parents, volunteers and staff, WOWA 2017 was a fabulous showcase of local talent. A huge congratulations to all involved – stay tuned for next year’s details.

Congratulations to the winners

Most Entertaining Performance 

Zane Garbutt

The Malvern Warrior

Malvern Springs Primary


Most Convincing Performance

Brianna Grant & Jared Hughes

The Moon’s Shadow Queen

Kalamunda SHS

Most Innovative Use of Materials

Charlotte Meagher                        

Seafoam Rebel                        

Kalamunda SHS


Most Creative Interpretation of a Theme / Concept

Brooke & Chloe Daljac                        

Steam Punk Sisters                       

Independent Entry

Lynn Woldendorp Award for Design & Originality

Tabitha Jonsson & Janea Lucban                    


Swan View SHS


Most Creative Headdress

Jennifer Lacey            

Wishful Wings                        

Malvern Springs Primary

Most Creative Wearable Artwork

Elizabeth Zardins & Ashlyn Marriot

Hatching from Light

Helena College

 Image: Kalamunda Senior High School costumes 2016

Image: Kalamunda Senior High School costumes 2016

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