Showcasing 20 years of Ag Art

By Country News

A display showcasing 20 years of creative and quirky garments made from on-farm materials will be on show at the Living Arts Space in Bendigo.

The outfits were designed for the Elmore Field Days Ag Art Wear competition, which challenges artists to create wearable garments using materials found on farms, in farming-related industries or sourced from the land.

The final designs are traditionally modelled on the catwalk during the Elmore Field Days in October.

City of Greater Bendigo visitor services manager Jemma Docherty said the Ag Art Wear challenge was a popular event at the field days.

“Designers have great fun producing highly creative and ingenious designs using farming material and I think visitors will enjoy seeing such an extraordinary collection at the Living Arts Space,” Mrs Docherty said.

The Ag Art 2000-2020 exhibition features the winners of the 2019 Ag Art Wear competition, alongside highlights from the past 20 years.

Among the garments on display are outfits made from farmyard materials such cotton, wires, tubing and packaging.

“This exhibition is a celebration of some of the wonderful garments that have been designed from the past 20 years and it’s good to see how artists have been able to use recycled farming materials in a clear and unique way,” Mrs Docherty said.

The free exhibition also includes a selection of works from local decorative metal artist David Dawson.

Ag Art 2000-2020 will be open from Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, May 30 at the Living Arts Space in the Bendigo Visitor Centre, 51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo.