'Feast for the eyes': Wearable Art Mandurah masterpieces showcased in unique way at CASM

This year's Wearable Art masterpieces will be on display in a unique and exciting way at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) this month.

Suspended from scaffolding against blackened walls, the 24 garments will allow visitors to experiences the works of art up close.

Not only is the exhibition a feast for the eyes, but it also includes a sensory tour for people who are visually impaired in shared extraordinary experience for all.

Five selected garments are paired with audio description headsets and tactile boards, giving people the opportunity to feel the materials each artist has used.

The audio descriptions feature an introduction and artist statement voiced by Mandurah MP and state Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman as well as observations about the garments by local community members.

Community artist Alana Grant worked with children, people living with dementia from the Reflecting with Art program and Silver Chain to capture the audio content.

The garments, including 13 award-winning entries, are brought to life with the endearing, factual and often humorous observations that allow people with low vision the opportunity to explore and understand the artists' creations through another's eyes.

The audio component is also available to those without vision impairments, treating them to surprising new perspectives.

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The Wearable Art Mandurah Exhibition will be on show at CASM until Sunday, September 22 with the gallery open from 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

There will be an artists' talk on the final day of the exhibition on September 22 for people to meet the designers and learn the stories behind the garments.

Bertram artist Jacq Chorlton was named this year's Wearable Art Mandurah artist of the year for the second year in a row.

Her garment, I'll Etait Une Fois, which was inspired by a fascination of vintage children's books, explores the origin of contemporary fairytales with their often sinister and dark backgrounds.

Local artist Ardea Murphy was recognised with the Movement Award for her creation of a giant Phoenix, Regeneration, which symbolically rebirths itself by fire from the ashes and depicts the demise of the grey plastic bag.

Artists used everything from traditional fabrics to used and re-purposed materials including dress patterns, reticulation pipes, old x-rays and discarded sanity masks to create their wearable artworks.