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About AWAF

Wearable art is an exciting and unique intersection of art colliding with fashion and costumery.

The Australian Wearable Art Festival is delighted to provide a platform for artists and designers to embrace their creative exploration into form, structure, texture and colour using an eclectic mix of often unusual materials. Pieces merge materials in weird and wonderful collaborations where art, science, fashion and technology all collide.

In August 2024, the Australian Wearable Art Festival will see the return of the Gala Awards catwalk show to Sunshine Coast, Queensland and where four main categories will celebrate the creation of artworks – TRASHION, SUSTAINABILITY, AVANT GARDE AND FLORIANA. There will also be a number of other events held as part of the festival week including talks, workshops and exhibitions.

Whether as an artist or audience member, we look forward to welcoming you to our AWAF 2024.

Our Team


Wendy Roe: Curator

Wendy has a voluntary and employed organisational background of local events in regional New Zealand including initiating and organising a hugely successful Wearable Art event in a NZ secondary school. This was the first of its kind at that time in New Zealand going on to become an integral part of the Technology curriculum in this school for the next 16 years. In 2017 Wendy instigated the highly successful Eumundi Wearable Art event within the 2017 Sunshine Coast Council Horizon Festival followed up by the very successful Runaway Art in August 2018 featuring boutique wearable art collections by Peter Dwyer and Cindy Vogels. With the growth in wearable art popularity Wendy and her team went on to create an amazing and magical evening under the stars at Eumundi with the Australian Wearable Art Festival 2019!

Helen Perry

Helen Perry:  Event Management, PR and Marketing Director

Fresh PR & Marketing director, Helen Perry brings a wealth of marketing and event management experience to the table. Starting her career as a designer, she now uses this creative knowledge and her brand expertise to ensure marketing and communications are both functional and fabulous. She is a great connector of dots, bringing networks together, uncovering a client’s point of difference and delivering fresh ideas. Her not–so-secret passion is the arts. Once a manager of a handmade paper making mill in Tasmania, she has become a major supporter of the arts on the Sunshine Coast over the last fifteen years, assisting with the marketing of the Horizon Festival, Noosa Long Weekend, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Floating Land and numerous theatrical productions.