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Off the Wall: World of WearableArt™ Up Close

6 April - 4 August 2013

For the first time in well over a decade, a selection of the very best garments from the World of WearableArt™ are represented in an exhibition.

Off the Wall is a tribute to the joy and energy of World of WearableArt™ where the designers see the body as a blank canvas on which they can develop any idea that appeals to them. The more provocative, unorthodox and original, the better. The garments do not have to be commercially viable. They do not even have to take themselves seriously. The only thing they must be is wearable. Creators have the freedom to use painting, sculpture, textiles, costuming, engineering and electronics – in fact any medium to realise their vision.

 In Off the Wall you’ll see anything from 20,664 plastic collar stays to twelve leather suitcases, from recycled wool sacks to wood, corrugated iron to kitchen utensils or taxidermied birds to sumptuous silks. 

Off the Wall  represents examples of the most extraordinary garments from a historic garment collection.  Experience up close the patience, the passion and the hours of dedication evident in each individual work of art. Experiencing these garments in an exhibition environment is an opportunity to admire their incredible detail and intricacy up close and also to hear the extraordinary stories behind these mind-blowing works of art.     

Image: Ornitho-Maia, Nadine Jaggi, Wellington.


Visit Off the Wall World of WearableArt™ Up Close and you can enter to win tickets and accomodation to the World of WearableArt™ Show in Wellington! Every visitor to the exhibition from 6 July - 4 August 2013 can enter the draw*.

Please Note: Entry is only available at Waikato Museum.

*Terms and Conditons: Prize is two tickets for the Saturday 5 October 2013 World of WearableArt™ Awards Show in Wellington. Accommodation is one deluxe king room (can be converted to a double room) at the 41/2 star Amora Hotel, only a few minutes’ walk from the event for one night only, on Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 October 2013. Does not include meals. Prize does not include travel and is not transferrable. The judge’s decision is final. Winners will be contacted by email/phone on Tuesday 6 August. All visitors to Off The Wall World of WearableArt™ Up Close at Waikato Museum from Monday 8 July until Sunday 4 August are eligible to enter. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Employees of Hamilton City Council and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.


Adult $12                                                                                                                                              
Child (4 to 14 years) $6                                                              
School groups - pre-booked $6 (teachers and supervisors free)                                                         
Concession (Student/Senior/Friend of Waikato Museum) $10
Family (two adults plus up to four children) $30

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