paper on skin is a biennial wearable art competition first held in 2012. The Gala Award Evening has become a premier event on the Tasmanian cultural calendar.
Local company Betta Milk provides sponsorship for the Major Award, making it one of the richest prizes of its kind in Australia. In 2016 the event attracted entries from every Australian state and territory. The 2018 the competition opened to international entrants.
Entries must be made from at least 80% paper, presenting a unique challenge for participating artists. The competition is not themed, allowing entrants to explore their passions and develop pieces around specific areas of interest. At each event the catwalk parade has delivered a diverse array of ‘stories’, ensuring an entertaining and engaging evening for the audience.
The originator of the concept of a wearable art competition is ‘Burnie born and bred’ paper artist Pam Thorne. Burnie’s history is inextricably linked to paper, with the pulp mill being the city’s key industry from the mid 1900’s through to its closure in 2010.
Burnie’s paper making heritage is now embedded in the city’s history, giving rise to the increased importance of cultural and creative industries to the region's economic direction. paper on skin draws together the past and the future, reflecting and respecting a sense of place, whist inviting and inspiring innovation and beauty.
paper on skin is run in partnership with the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, and receives support from the Burnie City Council.
AWARD CATEGORIES 2018:
Betta Milk Major Award $5000
Friends of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Runner Up Award $1500
Cocoon Designs Public Vote Award $500