Wearable Buildings

WEARABLE BUILDINGS was a two-week community workshop under the leadership of highly experienced 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. The project was inspired by the Bauhaus costumes of the 30s and the New York Architects of the same period who costumed themselves as their buildings. This place-focussed project celebrated the character and distinctive built heritage of the area through its playful outcomes.

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.  These costumes will also be available for other local events well into the future allowing for the project to have an extended life.

Wearable Buildings is a place-making concept that comes directly out of long-term community interest and inspiration. These costumes will also be available for other local events well into the future allowing for the project to have an extended life and future iterations.

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

IMAGES – 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

Also available: Wonga Shoal Lighthouse – designed and built by Jane MacIlwain & Heritage Crane – designed and built by Fiona McConchie.

Artists Involved

Project Partners

Project partners included Mulloway Studios, Fontanelle Gallery, The SA Maritime Museum, Vitalstatistix and The Port of Adelaide National Trust.

This project was funded by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.


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.