Eye on Nature Wearable Arts
21-22 June 2023 | Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau
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!
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.
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.