Much Aadil About Something 

In some refreshingly good news, I'm pleased to report we had Aadil Abedi in the #islamicmuseumaustralia today, folks🙌🏾  So fabulous seeing him and his lovely family visit for the first time. An artist from the UK, Aadil's stunning paintings are a heady mix of the contemporary and spiritual- check it out - and watch this space !  Always a pleasure showing overseas guests our stellar Australian Muslim arts scene, and possibly representing Melbourne with a [...]

July 19th, 2016|

The Sound of Barakah hits Melbourne

Stoked to catch up with Sami Yusuf post his inaugural Barakah Tour Concert in Melbourne tonight and thank himand his ensemble of string and percussion musicians for a spectacular show.   Himself a powerhouse of talent, Sami demonstrated an individual mastery of keyboard, percussion and string instruments while performing songs in English, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Urdu, Punjabi and Farsi!  His self-coined genre, Spiritique—manifested philosophical and spiritual lyrics, fusing Middle Eastern and Western harmonics.  A phenomenal  and [...]

July 6th, 2016|

RIP – Fought like a Butterfly & Stung like a Bee

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - Muhammad Ali, R.I. P. (1942-2016) An inspiration not just for conquering the boxing ring as world heavy weight champion- but for his courage to speak out against racism, civil rights abuses, conscription and an unwavering commitment to his faith.  Ali was the first African American Muslim I remember as a child. I recall watching in fascination his pre and post match [...]

June 4th, 2016|

Tas In Tassie – The Apple Isle proves Bitter-Sweet

Was Apple-Isle bound to check out the #artsmarty scene in Tasmania today.  This included a visit to Hobart's controversial Museum of Old and New Art, MONA.    I spent some time capturing stills of MONA's interior and exterior landscape. In summary, the above ground rendering - facade, architectural design, location and construction aspect -was the drawcard. What lay beneath insofar as content, was for me, off the mark. After a while the overwhelming ambience of [...]

May 25th, 2016|

Free-dumb, Performance Art in Lorne

Excited for my debut in performance art alongside the multitalented Ryan F Kennedy , for #freedumb. Ryan's sculptures, concept, delivery and poetry were sublime - before a packed audience along a river bank in Lorne . What an honour to be involved in this show stopping performance for the #LorneBiennale The sculpture, the sea, the scroll, the synergy - concluded at his award winning sculpture by the sea. Congratulations & thank you Ryan, for an [...]

April 2nd, 2016|

Multicultural Melbourne- Walks the Talk

The Cultural Diversity Week festivities from Fed Square, were a sun soaked marvel! The people, the music, the stalls & the food (always the food) combined to promote the theme of celebrating diversity.  Happy to have met up with some fine folk who champion change on and off the clock, including colleague and Board CEO of Ambulance Victoria, Ken Lay AM.  Also, VMC Chair, Helen Kapalos, Emeritus Professor Trang Thomas AM, Manager of Immigration Museum, [...]

March 20th, 2016|

Guess Who’s Coming to Visit…?

Between an International Arts Symposium, Gala dinner, upcoming Coin exhibition and launch in four days..look who dropped by this morning with a posse of paparazzi...  Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.  He becomes the first PM to visit the museum. And I imagine it's the first Islamic Museum he's seen in this country! Firsts for everyone :)  #milestones #canthisweekgetanybusier #curatorlife     Taking in the 'Australian Muslim History' gallery      admiring the Architecture  gallery 

March 7th, 2016|

#I’llDineWithYou – eating and meeting up a storm

 At the inaugural #IllDineWithYou gathering tonight.  ...An 80 metre table set in Melbourne's City Square, with  280 people, representing up to  80 ethnicities, more language backgrounds, vegetarian Indian and Vietnamese cuisine - and a picture perfect Melbourne summer evening!  Serendipitous catch ups with new friends and old, #IllDineWithYou represents a cause that's all about connecting and communicating. Congrats to all the sponsors, volunteers and attendees who made this night a symbol of what's right with [...]

February 29th, 2016|

Vintage Vibes with Colour

Enjoyed a vintage styled shoot by @thefashionmarketau for @stellamagazine this afternoon at the Abbotsford Convent grounds in Melbourne. Under the creative direction of Natasha Jynel, styling by Tamara,  photography by Sebastian and makeup by Bianca, we maximised some artsy fun in the sun. Between backdrops of rustic doorways and sun flecked courtyards, and fuelled with Beyoncé beats and plenty of attitude, this shoot to celebrate Mothers Day was ridiculous fun! Loving these stunning clothes from [...]

January 30th, 2016|

My Stella Spark

My #StellaSpark is Randa Abdel-Fattah's "Does My Head Look Big in This?" Replete with laugh out loud's aplenty, cringeworthy similarities with the protagonist's teenage flirtation with flirtation, plus fist pumps ploughed into the air more times than dignified, DMHLBIT hit home. Randa crafted divergent cultural experiences and quirky missteps for the multi-hyphen afflicted second-generation-migrant-teenager. I discovered even in post (very much post) adolescence, this genre of writing was missing from my literary dashboard. It felt [...]

January 20th, 2016|