Worn Out Worn Art is run with the support of Act-Belong-Commit, Mundaring Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan and the Local Drug Action Group to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts.


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


Worn Out Worn Art is a large-scale collaborative youth project challenging the notions of beauty, consumerism, waste and fashion. The project provides a vehicle for dealing with issues of identity and its impact on self-esteem as well as environmental concerns and artistic expression.

Every year the Mundaring Arts Centre invites young people from the eastern region to create extravagant ‘sculptures for the body’ from recycled materials. In the months leading up to the parade artists are engaged to work with community groups and local schools in a series of themed in-school and holiday workshops. The workshops allow reflection and discussion of topics such as peer group pressure, environmental and social issues relevant to the participant’s age group.

The Wearable Art Parade, now in its 13th year, is a highlight of the Darlington Arts Festival weekend. The parade features elaborate costumes created and paraded by local students and independent entrants along with original music performed by young local musicians. The event merges the boundaries of performance and party, combining theatre, dance, exhibition and fashion. Prizes are awarded at the Wearable Art Parade for outstanding performance, imaginative design, construction and use of innovative materials.

This unique project allows young people to explore personal issues while fostering artistic endeavour and opening up career possibilities including design, art, costume, music and theatre.

If you are aged between 8 and 26 years old and would like to create a work of art for the body or take part in a wearable art school holiday workshop please register your interest in a workshop using the form at the bottom of this page. 


The Worn Out Worn Art Wearable Art Project recently won the Most Innovative Project Award – Metro in the Local Drug Action Group’s Community Action and Advocacy Awards.

In April nine exceptional Worn Out Worn Art costumes were selected to be showcased at the Local Drug Action Group’s State Conference at the Parmelia Hilton.

The Local Drug Action Group, through its Strive Grant Program, has supported the Worn Out Worn Art Wearable Art Parade and workshops for over 10 years.

This incredible support has enabled us to engage hundreds of young people each year in the creation of sculptures for the body’ and providing a platform to promote positive healthy choices.