Barely Wearable: Body adornment for the age of overconsumption

23 Mar 2024 - 9 Jun 2024

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Coming to Bribie Island Seaside Museum is the wearable art exhibition, Barely Wearable.

Ruth Downes has a passion for reappropriating everyday materials and objects to celebrate their intrinsic beauty.

Materials for these ‘wearable’ artworks have been gleaned from a diverse range of sources, ranging from aircraft headsets to coffee capsules. By reimagining these materials Ruth has created works that transcend their practical function, casting them in a fresh light. The works question our accepted values and how we award status by projecting these everyday materials into the realm of art. 

Image credit: Ruth Downes, Masking the problem, disposable face masks, coated wire, pva glue. James Brickwood Sydney Morning Herald 2021.

Bribie Island Seaside Museum is open from Wednesday to Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, and Saturday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.


  • Saturday, 23 March 2024 - Sunday, 09 June 2024


Bribie Island Seaside Museum, 1 South Esplanade, Bongaree 4507  View map

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