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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!
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.
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
If you have any questions that aren't answered below, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Zero Waste VolunteerWe’re looking for volunteers to help out with our brand-new Zero Waste hub! The Manurewa Community Recycling Centre is a place of community connection, a destination for learning and most importantly where practical actions can be taken to reduce waste to landfill. We are looking for some good sorts to help with assisting customers, interacting with the community, keeping up with general maintenance, creating shop displays and much more. If you have a friendly attitude and an interest in engaging with our Zero Waste kaupapa, and the local community, this is a great opportunity for you! By volunteering, you can support this worthwhile cause in a meaningful and hands-on way. You'll get to know our fun and friendly Beautification Trust team, become a waste minimisation guru in the process and help out in your community! If you are keen to help out between Thursdays and Sundays as an on-going or casual volunteer then fill in the form above!
Community ChampionLove your local area? Become a Community Champion and care for a local space, like a reserve, walkway or waterway.
Community EventsWe host and support environmental education and community events which need the support of volunteers. Some events may include planting days, clean-up events, and place-making projects such as murals. We post all of our Community Events on our Events page.
Boomer ShedOur community shed for people aged 50+ is always keen to welcome volunteers to help out. In particular we are on the lookout for experienced engineers, cabinetmakers, welders, arts and crafts tutors and other tradespeople to share their skills with others in our fully equipped workshop. If you have a talent and willing to share it - let us know! Find out more about the Boomer Shed.
Adopt A SpotWe have an ever increasing number of wonderful people who help tackle graffiti and litter by adopting a spot. These people watch out for tagging and rubbish in public places on a weekly basis and then report it into the Trust. Past experience shows that the sooner tagging is painted out and litter is removed the less likely it is to attract more.
Repair CaféDo you know your way around a tool-belt? Do you like getting crafty? Join in with one of our Repair Cafés by helping out with repairing broken or damaged items!
Perfectly ImperfectWe on the lookout for keen volunteers to help out with our Perfectly Imperfect Pop-up Shop. You will have the opportunity to learn about food waste, engage with the public and join a meaningful community of volunteers. The Perfectly Imperfect Pop-Up Shop is launching at the Beautification Trust on Thursday, 24th August 2023 and for six weeks, every Thursday between 11am and 1pm, locals will have the opportunity to fill a bag with delicious, rescued fruit & veg for just $15! Find out more to join the launch of an amazing programme.
Resources for teachers
BBC: The Price of Fast Fashion
Video documentary - Fashion lover Assefeh Barrat follows every stage of the production process - from cotton growers in the USA, to factory owners in Turkey and designers in the West to see who is leading the way in reducing fashion's environmental impact. And she asks consumers if they are really willing to change their fast fashion habits.
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