24 Sep The A-List: The Weird And Wonderful World Of Wearable Art
WORLD OF WEARABLE ART 2015
What it is:
The World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards Show is an annual extravaganza in
Wellington where artists and designers from New Zealand and all around the
globe showcase garments in a spectacular two-hour show. Every entry is
individually choreographed in order to truly communicate what the artist
envisioned. Art, music, dance, drama and comedy are fused together to create an
event like no other. A cast and crew over 400 strong run the show over 12 nights
in a culmination of design, movement, drama and sophisticated lighting and
WOW is all about taking art off the wall and onto the stage, which it does every
year to over 50,000 people.
The first ever World of Wearable Art show was in 1987 as a promotion for a
rural art gallery in Nelson. Sculptor Suzie Moncrieff envisioned art being
something that was hung on the human form, not just on the wall and presented
her show to an audience of 200 people in a community hall. As they say, the rest
The Wearable Art Gallery:
The Wearable Art Gallery in Nelson is close to where it all began nearly 30 years
ago. Only a hop, skip and a jump across Cook Strait, the gallery houses 60
different WOW garments, many of the winners of numerous categories and
awards. The entire exhibition changes in April and November so every trip is
unique and enthralling.
Where and what to do:
The show is hosted at the TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Every
year the city is transformed into even more of a bustling, artistic and alternative
community. The ‘Windy City’ really lets the true creative come out to play.
If you’re headed to the capital for WOW this year, we’ve done a little bit of
research for what to see and do in the capital either before or after you have
your mind blown by the extraordinary show.
- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
as an interactive and visitor focussed museum, delivering culture, art and
history to the public in a way that only Wellington could. An extensive
range of short-term and permanent exhibitions means that every visit is
different and interesting.
- Mt Victoria
Mt Victoria is a prominent lookout spot, offering picturesque views from
its 196m high peak. Mt Vic’s Maori name is Tangi Te Keo. This incredible
natural attraction is surrounded by some of Wellington’s well-known
destinations such as Government House, St Gerard’s Church and
Monastry, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Basin Reserve Sports Stadium,
and the National War Memorial lies at it’s feet.
- Carter Observatory
Carter’s Observatory is New Zealand’s oldest observatory name after
Charles Rooking Carter. Carter donated thousands of pounds from his
estate to the Royal Society of New Zealand in the 1800s with the intention
of it going towards establishing an astronomical observatory in
Wellington. It is now a world-class visitor attraction, housing the Thomas
A scene of assembly for Wellington’s creative cognoscenti, the Matterhorn welcomes a multicoloured array of clientele. Originally a Swiss coffee house opened in 1963, it has metamorphosed into a regular’s restaurant, café, cocktail bar and supper club, where attitude is valued over attire.
Floriditas is well-known to locals for it’s tasty baking and spacious
interior. They provide good Kiwi fare sourced from local
Take a taste trip around the Mediterranean, spiraling out along the North African coast through Spain and into Europe. Select from bite sized tapas and tasty coca breads, share plates, full mains, sweets and so much more.
Wednesday 23 September 7pm
Thursday 24 Sept 8pm
Friday 25 Sept 8pm (Awards night)
Saturday 26 Sept 8pm
Sunday 27 Sept 5pm
Thursday 1 Oct 8pm
Friday 2 Oct 8pm
Saturday 3 Oct 2pm
Saturday 3 Oct 8pm
Sunday 4 Oct 5pm
Thursday 8 Oct 8pm
Friday 9 Oct 8pm
Saturday 10 Oct 2pm
Saturday 10 Oct 8pm
Sunday 11 Oct 2pm