WEARABLE BUILDINGS was a two-week community workshop under the leadership of local designers and makers, Fiona McConchie and Steven Hayter. 12 community members worked on the creation of wearable costumes representing the iconic buildings of the Port. This place focussed project celebrates the character and distinctive built heritage of the area through its playful outcomes and The project was inspired by the Bauhaus costumes and the New York Architects Ball in the 1930’s.

The two-week process in March 2020 offered local participants the chance to gain new skills in collaborative making and presentation. A series of roaming performances was due to take part in The Port Fringe but cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic. 

Presentations – 2021 Port May Day event and the upcoming 2023 Docklands Festival, Port Adelaide.

Collaborators – Fiona McConchie, Steven Hayter,  Jane Shircore, Maxine Flett, Jane Edwards, Alan O’Connor, Howard Robinson, Jane MacIlwain, Helen MacIlwain, Deb Robinson & Michael Weir

Project Manager – Janine Peacock

DESIGNS – Harts Mill built by Howard Robinson and Jane Shircore; Semaphore Star Odeon designed and built by Maxine Flett; PAEC Building Clock Tower built by Helen MacIlwain and Steve Hayter; War Memorial, Semaphore (Semaphore Angel) with Jane Edwards and Alan O’Connor; Shed 26 built by Steve Hayter and Howard Robinson; Wonga Shoal Lighthouse – designed and built by Jane MacIlwain & Heritage Crane – designed and built by Fiona McConchie.

1931 Architects balll, NYC


2020 -21

Project Partners

City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Mulloway Studios
Fontanelle Gallery
The SA Maritime Museum
The Port of Adelaide National Trust

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Our mission is to provide artists and non-artists with opportunities to create contemporary works that explore local ideas and new way of coming together in the public domain.

OSCA acknowledges we work on Kaurna Land – always was, always will be.

OSCA is funded by Arts South Australia. We also receive project support from the Australia Council, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Country Arts SA and the City of Onkaparinga.