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Media Release 2019

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The Australian Body Art Awards

Contact Maria Mormile 0407 627 427 -



In a few short years The ABAA has become Australia's Face & Body Painting event of the year!!! It is the premier event of the Australian Face & Body Art community.  Five packed days which include National competitions,  the Show (body painted models stage performances & award presentations) and over 50 convention classes.  


Competition categories are Body Painting, UV Body Painting, Costume Painting, Special FX , and Face Painting. The ABAA started in 2010 and in 2019 it will be held in Melbourne followed by 2020 on the Gold Coast.


THE SHOW (open to the public)–  Friday 29th March - 7.30pm  

The public can see this spectacular art form come to life at the Show at Arrow on Swanston in the heart of Melbourne.  During the Show, the models perform on stage to music as well as special guest entertainers.  At the end of the night the awards are presented including the Australian Body Artist of the year.  Tickets are available on line (Adults $36.50 on line or $40 at the door & Children $16.50 on line or $20 at the door). Please note under 5 are not permitted.


COMPETITIONS (open to the public) - Friday 29th  March - 11.30am to 4.30pm

The Body Art competitions are also at Arrow on Swanston during the day. Show ticket holders have an all day pass and are able to view the living canvas unfold from 11.30am and 4.30pm. Face & Body Artists from around Australia compete for the National titles. Bring the family along on Monday night 19th March at 7.00pm to watch the Face Painting Competitions for FREE.


THE CONVENTION - 26th & 27st of March  & Pre & Post Convention classes on the 25th & 28th of March.

The ABAA Face/Body painting convention attracts a diverse selection of various classes from our uniquely talented Australian and overseas instructors. The convention goes for 2 days (day & evening classes) and has over 25  instructors delivering in excess of 50 classes. Previous International Instructors and judges at the ABAA were; World Champion Body Painter Lucie Broulliard (from Canada), World Champion in both Face Painting & Body Painting, Matteo Arfanoti from Italy & World Champion Special FX & Special FX Make Up, Yolanda Bartram from New Zealand. This year we are very fortunate to have Svetlana Savinkina from the Russia,  Mai Park from Canada, Onalee Rivera from the U.S. and Nancy Wu from New Zealand.  International instructors teach at the convention as well as  Pre & Post convention classes.  

2020 ABAA will be held on the Gold Coast from the 16th to the 19th March


The Australian Body Art Awards & Australasian Face/Body Painting Conventions

















Maria Mormile                                                                                                                         

Founder,  Director and Producer of the (Melbourne) Australian Body Art Awards & Face/Body painting Convention.  Conventions have been held in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane & the Gold Coast.


Maria started her Face/Body painting journey in 2006 and after hundreds of hours of practice, she soon discovered her passion for this unique and extraordinary art form. So driven by it, Maria traveled the world in order to compete and develop her skills as a Face and Body Artist. It wasn't long before Maria realised that Australia needed its very own National Competition and convention.


The ABAA and conventions were created to continue to provide a learning and sharing environment for people already in the industry. The events have helped to set industry standards and a growing awareness of this art form.  Australian Face & Body Artists are now revered to be amongst the best in the world.

The 1st ABAA in 2010.

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