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Wearable Arts Is Back!

Avid fashionistas from across the region are busy creating fabulous designs ahead of the 2024 Wilmar Sugar and Renewables Wearable Arts Parade which is due to take place in August as one of the central events hosted by the Great Barrier Reef Festival.

To ignite further creative flair, there will be a special workshop at Whitsunday Sailing Club next month.

This will be an opportunity for participants to learn from some of the best artists of this kind in the region.

Hosted by Creative Connections Whitsunday, the hands-on workshops will be led by the visionary talents of Christina Papadimitriou and Bernadette Russell from Wearable Art Creatives.  

These inspiring artists will offer first-hand knowledge of the craft and attendees will learn how to create a masterpiece during the session.

A popular event, which is a regular stable at the Great Barrier Reef Festival, Wearable Arts has captured the passion of the community, so much so that St Catherine’s Catholic College have added it into their curriculum for Year 9 and 10 students.

Teacher, Skye Carroll, commented that the students have been having a lot of fun with their creations.

"I have both classes hyped up for competing in the Wearable Art for the Great Barrier Reef Festival,” she expressed.

“Many of them are already showing competitive streaks – I can't wait to see their final products as they emerge!" 

Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Festival, Margie Murphy, said the event is promising to be a mesmerising display of imaginative designs that blur the lines between fashion and art.  

“We are thrilled to bring the Wearable Art Parade and Competition back to Airlie Beach for another year of creativity and inspiration!” she said.

The event will kick-off with the Wearable Arts Parade on Saturday 3rd August and will culminate in the competition where guest judges will evaluate the entries and select winners across various categories.

These categories include Best Individual Design, Best Team Design, Great Barrier Reef Festival Theme design and Best Accessories.  

With fierce competition and extraordinary talent on display, anticipation runs high as participants vie for recognition and accolades.

If you wish to participate in the workshop you can register at, tickets are $40 per person.

Alternatively, you can make your own creation independently. Simply create a fashion item from recycled materials in order to be eligible and register your fabulous masterpiece at

WHAT: Wearable Art Workshops
WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club
WHEN: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June  

Some fabulous creations

Imogen, Hannah, Lilly-Anna, Ayrton from St Catherine’s Catholic College. Photo supplied

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