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Special Event

MCA Clothing Exchange
– A mass-swap event, inspired by the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations

Got a gratuitous number of vests? Bought it but never worn it? Thought it was hot, but turns out it’s not? Or just need a change between seasons? In line with the themes of the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, come and connect with total strangers through the simple act of clothes swapping. Bring up to ten of your old, neglected or misfitting clothes, and bring sexy back to your wardrobe with up to ten quirky new finds. It will cost you nothing and you’ll leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling from scoring clothes sustainably.

In addition to the swap itself, on the day, discover hidden stories about the life and times of people’s clothes, plus have a yarn and recreate clothes from the swap in the sewing circle.

Oxfam Australia’s 3things will also be lending its support on the day, offering some tips and tricks around responsible and ethical fashion consumption.

HOW IT WILL WORK

  • There is a limit of ten items per person for clothing and/or accessories, e.g. if you bring eight, you can take eight or less home
  • There are two categories: clothing (includes men’s tops, men’s bottoms, ladies’ tops, ladies’ bottoms, kids and babies, dresses, jackets and suits) and accessories (includes hats, scarves, shoes and bags). You can swap an accessory for another accessory and clothing for any piece of clothing. You cannot swap a piece of clothing for an accessory and vice versa

YES – Kids and babies’ clothing will be accepted!

QUALITY GUIDELINES
We want to make sure everyone who comes to the swap walks away with some quality pre-loved garments. And so, there are just a few quality guidelines to consider when choosing clothes to bring to the swap:

  • The MCA may refuse to incorporate smelly, soiled, pilled, over-worn or damaged items of clothing and accessories into the swap
  • No underwear, swim wear, sportswear or jewellery will be accepted
  • An item’s purchase value is not acknowledged inside the swap – this means that if you bring a cardigan from Cotton On, you may swap it for a designer dress (if you’re lucky enough to find one!) and vice versa
  • Once your items are put into the swap, they are no longer yours

CHECKING IN YOUR CLOTHES
Drop off your clothes from 11.00am on the day of the swap. Better yet, drop them off at one of the early-bird check-in times to gain early access to the swap 30 minutes before everyone else on the day.

When you drop off your clothes, they will be checked individually to make sure they meet the above guidelines. Then, you will be given a wristband which notes the number of items you have checked in. This will be your ticket for entry on the day.

Early-bird drop off times:

  • Wednesday 18 July 12–1.30pm
  • Thursday 19 July 12–1.30pm and 5.30–7.00pm
  • Friday 20 July 12–1.30pm

Presented by the MCA in response to the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, with The Clothing Exchange.

HELP OUT ON THE DAY
If you’re available to lend a hand at any of the following times we would love to hear from you:
Wednesday 18 July 12noon – 2.00pm (2 volunteers)
Thursday 19 July 12noon – 2.00pm and 5.00 – 7pm (2 volunteers for each session)
Friday 20 July 12noon – 2.00pm (2 volunteers)

Sunday 22 July morning 9.30am – 1.30pm (16 volunteers)
Sunday 22 July afternoon 1.00pm – 6.00pm (16 volunteers)

Email: learning@mca.com.au to volunteer!

HAPPY SWAPPING!



Lee Mingwei The Mending Project 2011 installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, wooden table, wooden chairs, 800 spools of thread, sewing needles, mended garments Image courtesy and © the artist Photograph: Kelly McDonald

– See also

Special Events for Young Creatives Adults Special Events for Adults 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations