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Eye on Nature Wearable Arts

21-22 June 2023 | Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau

Eye on Nature Wearable Arts Fashion Show
22 Jun, 6:30 pm
Due Drop Events Centre

The search is on for Auckland’s most promising, environmentally-conscious young artists and designers!

Eye on Nature Wearable Arts is an annual competition for Auckland primary and secondary school students, run by the Beautification Trust. Students are challenged to create eco-friendly wearable art around the Eye on Nature theme, with $3,500 in cash awarded to the winning schools.

The garments are judged at the Eye on Nature Wearable Arts Fashion Show, held at the Due Drop Events Centre on Thursday 22 June. The showcase gives tamariki and rangatahi the exciting experience of modelling their eco-friendly creations on a fashion runway in front of a live audience!

Thank you to our sponsors for Eye on Nature Wearable Arts 2023!

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Why your school should enter

This year's theme: Waste

Every year we have a different theme. Our Eye on Nature theme for 2023 is Waste.


  • What is waste and why is it a problem? 

  • How can we help to reduce waste? 

  • What does less waste mean for nature? 

Hey there young environmentalists. Did you know the environment is the biggest and most important thing in our world?

Like a big family, it connects all of us together. In Te Ao Māori, Ranginui and Papatūānuku are the originators of all life in land, sea, and air. Everything has co-existed in harmony for thousands of years. Through natural processes, nothing is ever wasted; only recycled to be used as something else.  

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Nowadays, there is a problem. Humans have been taking up too much space and using too many resources over the past few hundred years. Our harmonious way of living with nature has shifted, and now the environment can no longer support itself. There isn’t enough time for the earth to keep up with what is being taken, and pollution, litter, and waste are making it hard for our planet to thrive. 

There is hope though, because you can connect, get involved, and learn about waste in its many forms.  


As you go through your Eye on Nature Wearable Arts project, we encourage you to consider the positive impact that you can make now and for future generations.


We want you to think about everything waste!

  • Consider where your materials have come from, and where they might end up in the future.

  • Think of creative ways to re-use and re-purpose things into your garments.

  • And most importantly, think of ways that you can live to actively restore and help Papatūānuku and Ranginui, so that the environment can care for us in the future.   


Enter your school

Eye on Nature Wearable Arts is open to all Auckland primary, intermediate and secondary schools. Participation in the programme is free of charge.

Entries are now closed for 2023. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Enter your school
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Teacher webinar

A recording of our webinar for teachers who are interested in taking part.

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Judging criteria

Read about the garment requirements and how the judges will assess entries.

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Teacher workshop slides

Download the slides from our webinar for teachers as a PDF.


Photo & video permission

This form must be submitted with entries for each student designer and model.

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Promo video for students

Show this video to your students to get them excited for Wearable Arts!


If you have any questions that aren't answered below, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Resources for teachers

Teaching resources

Fashion: Still Rising from Rana Plaza's rubble

Fashion: Still Rising from Rana Plaza's Rubble

Journal Article - How can we advocate for safe working conditions for workers from the fashion industry?

Illustration of women in cool clothes

The true cost of fast fashion

Video - Millions of tonnes of clothes end up in landfill every year—it’s one of the fastest-growing categories of waste in the world. How can the fashion industry continue to grow while addressing the environmental need for people to buy fewer clothes?

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Teaching about the Fast Fashion Industry and Sustainable Production

Teachers resources - Links to resources, lesson plans, articles, and informational sites to help teach your students about the environmental and socio-economic pressures of a fast fashion industry.

Economic model

What if we don't buy products, we buy service?