And the Winners are …

The 2017 Australian Body Art Festival saw around 60 competitors embrace this year’s theme of ‘Wonderland.

The colourful community arts event drew approximately 7000 spectators to watch some of the nation’s best body artists, face painters, visual artists and wearable art designers create and parade their masterpieces.

Event Manager Danielle Taylor says the theme of “Wonderland” drew a wide range of interpretations across all competition categories and some truly incredible art emerged.

“Some artists focused on Alice in Wonderland, others on Winter Wonderland and many on what their own personal Wonderland was, but they were all spectacular”.

Danielle highlighted what a great weekend the event is for art-loving members of the public.

“It truly is phenomenal to watch the artists come together from near and far to create something special,” she said.

“The artists were under pressure to create their masterpieces within the defined time limits of the competitions, yet all had smiles on their faces and really seemed to enjoy themselves and celebrate the opportunity to work alongside fellow artists,” Danielle said.

The 2017 Australian Body Art Festival was a new festival to Cooroy and it was run as a community event by a team of over 100 volunteers funded through donations, crowd funding and support from local businesses.

“The festival had a great feel and was a huge success for the first year.  It will only get better from here.”

If you missed the fun or just want to relieve it, make sure you come to the photo exhibition of the photographic competitors at the Butter Factory Arts Centre from 3 May to 16 May with the official launch and prize giving ceremony on Saturday 6 May at 1pm.

The prize-winners for 2017 are as follows:

Brush & Sponge BODY ART
Winner & People’s Choice: Kristy O’Neil
Runner Up:  Laurie Faulkner

Highly Commended: Lorna Nickels

Airbrush BODY ART
Winner & People’s Choice: Janie Fearon
Runner Up: Kelli MacAlpine

Highly Commended: Holly Hughes

Winner: Holly Hughes

Runner Up: Sandra Temple

People’s Choice: Fran Catford

Highly Commended: Yuhwa Shin (from South Korea)

Face Painting

Winner & People’s Choice: Kristy O’Neil
Runner Up: Lorna Nickels

Highly Commended: Ayesha Henderson
Encouragement Award: Ji Yeon Choi (from South Korea)


Wearable Art (fabulous fashion made from recycled treasures)

Winner: Jules McCrae

Runner Up & People’s Choice Carol Thomson

Highly Commended: Valerie Lawrence-Slater



            Saturday: Simon Lyell

Sunday: Kristin Moss


Visit the website or Facebook @AustralianBodyArtFestival for more information and photos.

The Australian Body Art Festival is run by Cooroy Chamber of Commerce as a free non-for profit event thanks to crowd funding and the generosity of its sponsors – Firefly Solutions, CCTV Specialists, Tourism Noosa, The Cooroy App, Hinternoosa, AFABA, Gelignite Jacks, Funtopia, 1300FacePaint, Cooroora Woodworkers Club, Derivan, The Blacksmiths, Bunnings Noosaville, Studio Republic, Always Wicked Art, 92.7 Mix FM, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Bold as Love Jewellery, Fairytale Events & Equip4Hire, Noosa Today, Hire a Loo, QMP, Wattle Media, Quality Coloured Powder, Darran Taylor Building, The Shed @ Cooroy and Cooroy Mountain Spring Water