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Paper on Skin gala parade and award evening

A woman dressed in a red and blue dress made of paper, showcases the wearable art work on the cat walk.

Paper on Skin gala parade and award evening

International wearable paper art competition, Paper on Skin, will showcase a record number of works at the biennial gala parade and award evening on Friday, 17 June at Devonport’s paranaple convention centre.  

Convention and Art Centre Director Geoff Dobson said the 10th anniversary of Paper on Skin celebrates the tradition of paper making history in the North-West of Tasmania.

Paper on Skin is presented in partnership between Devonport City Council and the Burnie Arts Council and is assisted through Arts Tasmania.

Mr Dobson said the award is open to Australian and international artists who are invited to submit entries with the challenge of creating wearable art works made from a minimum of 80% paper.

“Paper on Skin has grown in strength with each iteration, and this year the gala event will include the highest number of garments presented in the parade,” Mr Dobson said.

“The judges selected 37 works from around the globe, by 43 artists from 13 countries including five from Tasmania, some of which are well known luminaries of the international papermaking community.

“The 37 entries are competing for six awards worth over $10,000 in prize money and the winners will be announced on the night.”

While the award evening is not at the level of the MET Gala, Mr Dobson said guests are encouraged to wear something fabulous.

“The gala evening commences with a pre-show entertainment by Slipstream Circus and the catwalk parade will feature a live performance by local band Alluvium, Paul Corfiatis and Aaron Hopper, who will perform an original score,” Mr Dobson said.

“The event will be judged by Terry Ryan, internationally awarded and acclaimed costume designer for film and television, Sarah Bishop, Gallery Coordinator Rosny Farm Arts Centre and Greg Leong, Textile artist and former Director of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

“The three judges had a hard job preselecting the 37 garments and they are looking forward to seeing the finished garments and selecting the winners.”

The Paper on Skin Gala Parade and Award Evening will be held at 6pm on Friday, 17 June at the paranaple convention centre. Tickets are $120 and can be purchased from the paranaple arts centre Box Office or online at
Buy early as seating closest to the catwalk will be allocated first.

Tickets include
a free drink on arrival and canapes, plus a two-course dinner. Paper on Skin will be on display at the Devonport Regional Gallery from 23 June until 30 July 2022.

Selected artists: Sally Baldwin (United Kingdom), Aïdée Bernard (France), Sisse Bjerre (Sweden), Elzbieta Cios (Poland), Hanne Frey Husø (Norway), Kaori Kato (Japan), Sammyseries (Indonesia), Rachel Smith (Hong Kong), Antoaneta Tica (Romania), Robert A Wettstein (Switzerland), Mayhla Howells, Barbara Wheeler (New Zealand), Diane Britt, Brielle Killip and Christopher Geissinger, Ramona Sonin, Tony Williams (USA), Kelcie Bryant-Duguid, Polly Crowden, Lissa-Jane de Sailles, Amee Dennis, Patricia Flanagan and Darcy Altavilla and Maeve Donohoe, Lisa Giles and Melissa Silk and Annette Mauer, Simone Guascoine, Marion Kennedy, Denise Lamby, Anna Mango and Tarja Martin, Likita Marley, Amanda May, Teddy McRitchie, Ardea Murphy, Leonie Oakes, Sue-Ann Stanford and Melissa Silk, Kirry Toose, Chloe Townsend, Donna Vo, Derek Voorpostel (Australia).

Caption: Brielle Killip (Lead Designer), Chris Geissinger and Jennifer Garber (Designers) (USA), Flower of Life, 2020. Image by Grant Wells.

Media contact: Tahnia Creedon | Communications and Engagement Officer | Devonport City Council | 03 6424 0562 | [email protected]