ART N TARTAN - Wearable Art Awards -

Art n Tartan 2015 Highlights from Peter Grant on Vimeo.

2015 Prize Winners...



Highly Commended – Crazy Pig Taniwha by Quinn Duffy-Jenkins 3rd Place – The Bonnie Joker by Lili Elisar 2nd Place – Buddy The Highland ‘Coo’ by Jack Brownlee Winner – Scott The Tartan Rooster by Bridget Cullen


A RECIPE FOR ME Artist - Aimee Tomes, Model – Shadae Healy


LIQUID COURAGE - Aimee Tomes Models – Zeralda Pirini, Kaela Healy and Mya Joma


ENGINE ROOM THE BLACK DOUGLAS - Richard Wilson   Model – Richard Wilson


Annie Newall , Alice Grant, Maria Ferris & Jemma Ferris, Model – Jemma Ferris


LEADER OF THE PRIDE - Chloe McLean, Abby, McLean & Jenna Smeehuyzen Model - Jenna Smeehuyzen

SPECIAL AWARDS McNEEDLE AND THREAD  For the Best wearable art using the skills of a seamstress or tailor

 LADY ANGIE NEER  - Leanne Kemp - Model – Leanne Kemp

OFF THE WALL For Outstanding imagination and/or creative concept

 OUTLANDER -  Sandra Guest, Model – Natalie Guest

THE WOW FACTOR  For outstanding stage presence

OUT ON THE TOWN - Robyn Coutts, Model – Robert Spriggs

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD For the outstanding college entry

ALL ABOARD FOR AOTEAROA - Anna Worthington, Model – Anna Worthington

THE MAGIC MOMENT AWARD Recognizes outstanding attention to detail and construction MYTHICAL SCOTTISH WARRIOR - COLIN & ANNE COUTTS, Model – Abbie Watkins

TARTAN INNOVATION  Most creative, innovative use of tartan

PRINCESS TE PUEA -  Julie Morton, Model – Saffron Simpson-Hana

FIRST TIME IN TARTAN Outstanding first time entrant to our Waipu Museum Wearable Arts Awards SUPA “Mc” CHOOK -  Lizzie Carroll, Model  – Steve Thom

ARCS AND SPARKS Outstanding fabrication and sculptural skill to join together materials that are not  fabric, cloth or textiles.  

THE TIN THISTLE – Zac & Carl Pereira , Model Grace Van Cingel

PRODUCER’S CHOICE  [selected by the production team]


 The Collaboration Girls [Kaye Lindsay; Jacqui Grierson, Cyndy Verytt, Kathryn Worthy & Nadya Worthy] Model – Kaye Lindsay



Models – Zeralda Pirini, Kaela Healy and Mya Joma

TOP MALE MODEL Robert Spriggs



For more photos please visit or The Waipu Art n Tartan Facebook page he has also compiled a stunning photo book of the event, we have a sample of it here in the Museum.

A DVD of this years show is now available, please contact Peter Grant with any orders.


ART N TARTAN - Wearable Art Awards


2015 Sections...

Salute to Scotland! - An item of wearable art paying homage to the many aspects of Scottish culture. Explore Celtic fireside stories, myths and legends; think about the Scottish diaspora and its impact on the rest of the world; let your imagination roam through traditions, poetry, music, food.... Incorporate at least 25% tartan to give your artwork a real Scottish flourish.

To Our Roots - Many people in Waipu come from different places, different races and multiple ethnicities.Harking back to origins in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and tangata whenua, they are weaving their culture into the magic that is Waipu. Weave a touch of tartan into your creation as you explore your roots and memories of your family’s past.

Dress to Kilt - This is our "open' section. Choose your own theme or concept and create extravagant, completely ' over the top' tartan Wearable Art incorporating 25% tartan. Create artwork which transcends the every day...indulge your senses with unrestrained excessiveness...anything goes!

Engine Room - The Scots are renowned for their engineering skills, and you may enjoy pottering in your bloke's shed, your studio, in a greenhouse or in the garage out the back. Don't leave your inventive creations hiding their light under a bushel. Include a wee smidgin of tartan (the word comes from the Scottish word ‘smitch’ meaning small) and bring your construction out to show Waipu and the world what you can do. The tartan may only be a smidgin but it will still be a significant element in your design. And remember, tartan is a design – it does not have to be fabric...!

Handsome Hats, Heavenly Handbags and Snazzy Sporrans - The traditional Balmoral Bonnet is a rather subdued affair and the sporran a Scottish version of the man's purse so why not head into this year's Art'n'Tartan awards by creating a breathtakingly bizarre hat and/or handbag or flamboyant sporran with a touch of tartan. Let your imagination go wild!

Re-invent, Recycle, Re-use - Construct a fantastic piece of wearable art from any material - plastic, aluminium, glass, paper, cardboard...if it’s usually used for something else you can turn the ordinary into something awe-inspiring. Why not use your creative abilities to turn the mundane into the marvelous or the simple to the sensational by transforming everyday objects into a stunning piece of wearable art, cunningly re-inventing tartan as an element in your design.

Masks (children’s section) Create a mask inspired by all things Celtic – ghosites, Kelpies, giants, and brownies  -  to proportions only limited to your model’s body size!

For more info, and to stay informed...

Click Here>> for the ArtnTartan Facebook page



This Year, the Supreme Award will be chosen from one of the following...

Salute to Scotland! - Winner

To Our Roots - Winner

Dress to Kilt - Winner

Engine Room - Winner

Handsome Hats, Heavenly Handbags, and

Snazzy Sporrans - Winner

Re-invent, Recycle, Re-use - Winner

Country Dawn & Janome 'McNeedle and Thread' 
Best wearable art using the skills of a seamstress or tailor.

Off the Wall/Outside the Square - Outstanding imagination and/or creative concept

The WOW Factor - Outstanding stage presence

Young Artist - Outstanding College Entry

Magic Moment - Outstanding attention to detail and construction

Tartan Innovation - Most creative, innovative use

or representation of tartan.

Arcs N Sparks - Outstanding and/or innovative fabrication and sculptural skills to join together materials that are not fabric, cloth or textiles.

Art n Tartan First Timer - Outstanding first time entrant to Art n Tartan.

We also have another two special awards this year - Peoples Choice (not eligable to win Supreme Award)

- Waipu's Top Model (not eligable to win Supreme Award)


Art n Tartan 2014 Results>>



If you are entering Art n Tartan and would like to ad some Waipu Tartan to your creation - Send us and email to order from our Cotton 'Bolt' of the Waipu Tartan - we are offering a discount per meter to contestants. It will be $20.00 per meter as appose to $30.00 per meter which will remain the price for the general public. (The pure wool Waipu Tartan bolt remains at 90.00 per meter - no discount on this, sorry). So if you would like to order from the Cotton bolt, email us at and we can cut some for you - and have it ready to pick up here at the Waipu Museum.



We are collecting information on descendants, who served in WW1 for the 100 year anniversary.

If you have a connection with any of the men on our list who served in WW1 and have any interesting info/photos or stories of their life, we would love to hear from you. Click on the list to the right.

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The document (click on the blue image to the right) outlines some events of significance that we hope, have helped to maintain a long history in our community of pride and identity.

Events like these are all consuming and are mostly run on a shoe string. This being said we all strive to bring to them, our most professional level of execution.

Without the help of our volunteers and supporters, Our unique story, maintenance of descendant's genealogy and events held on behalf of our community would not be possible.

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We regret to inform everyone that there will be no DVD produced of the 2013 Grand Pageant.

The sound was not recorded properly at the performance. Our apologies to all involved.

We have sent out emails and phone calls to all those who had put their names down for a DVD.

Sorry if we have missed anyone out!


WAIPU IN TARTAN - 27 June - 26 July 2015

Since 2005 and the beginnings of Winter@Waipu, Tartan Day has been celebrated in Waipu on 1 July.

It has grown to replace winter@waipu as the town’s main winter focus, and now lasts for a few weeks.

Since 2013 has been renamed Waipu in Tartan

For this small scottish town, its the time to dust off the kilt, the scarves, the pipes – the town is awash with tartan – there is free shortbread in many shops for those sporting a bit of tartan, and often the Butcher offers a taste of Haggis. There is pipers, and parties, and busking and lots of fun – come and join us.

The Events have been organised by the Waipu Business and promotions Group. Check out The Waipu in Tartan Facebook page or for any updates



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