Congratulations to the Royal Women's Hospital (RWH) for embracing this marketing strategy of diversity and inclusion ! Representation of your workforce that is authentic, while simultaneously shifting stereotypes, begins with responsible messaging. And a special shout out to Ms Sumeyye Cetinkiran- am so proud of you for being the face for Melbourne's RWH nurses in 2017! Be sure to check out this spectacular image on the facade entrance of the Hospital.
Was thrilled to be a guest on @ozafricantv for Series 2, episode 4 recently. In conversation with the brilliant Dorcas Utkovic, I spoke of my personal background, and how being notably different in appearance as a child growing up in regional Australia, prompted me to question those who required my difference to be 'managed' in later years. It was an honour to participate in this episode - you can catch OzAfrican TV on Foxtel or [...]
Delighted to attend the largest exhibition of Van Gogh masterpieces ever to travel to Australia at the National Gallery of Victoria. 'Van Gogh and the Seasons'- featured works lent by leading international museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo- presented within sections devoted to each of the four seasons. On reflection, nothing screams Melbourne like the melancholy of Van Gough. In all its mood evoking brilliance, this 'Seasons' exhibition's hues [...]
The Mumtaza Network today held the first of its Masterclass Series: Public Speaking Like a Pro. This was a day-long workshop hosted by co-Founder and CEO of the Mumtaza Network, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.The session aimed to equip participants with the skills to be the most powerful advocate for their message. I presented on the aspect of speech delivery, or, combatting the 'Ummmm factor'. Talking pace, pitch and presence- I endeavoured to arm attendees with [...]
As part of Refugee Week across the Nation, I was delighted to be a guest judge at their inaugural youth art exhibition, 'Weight of the World', curated by Hotham Mission. It was a vital and insightful event which celebrated youth, diversity, community, social justice, mental health and inclusion. It was a highly successful with around 350 people in attendance throughout the evening and more than 60% of artworks sold. Many of the young artists participated [...]
Congrats to all involved with the AFL Iftar tonight. A surreal night & sight seeing 'Ramadan Kareem' upon a neon lit billboard - illuminating the MCG oval. Beautiful speeches were delivered in earnest from the AFL CEO and Multicultural Liaison head on top of an entertaining panel involving AFL players and personnel, brilliantly moderated by the uber skilled AzmeenaHussain. There was hilarity and humility in spades tonight. Well done to all.
Fascinating day shooting a documentary for ABC's Compass program on what defines citizenship and how do you measure belonging, in "Team Australia", scheduled to air in July. A diverse panel and strong opinions informed views, resulting in a revamp of a citizenship test based on 'citizen contributions'. Thanks Neer, Pete, Kumi, Dee, Paul,Jacinta and all the amazing Compass crew for this opportunity. #makesocialchange #makechangehappen #makeanoise #makeitloud #endxenophobia
Took part today in a fun interview and photo shoot relating to the upcoming film, 'Ali's Wedding' by Matchbox Puctures. This and other fun stills will form part of an upcoming exhibition/promo for this romcom Australian made movie about love, faith & family - out soon in Australia. Look forward to seeing both my own and other stories about love, links and lessons captured in this photo exhibition to accompany the impending film [...]
The Curators Club.. Standing with Lyndel Winschel (Kinross) and Adam Porter (Casula Powerhouse) following this mornings Symposium on 'The Divine Image' for the 64th Blake Prize Touring exhibition, at the Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre. The preliminary panel discussion examined 'affectation' in art, how interpretations are not absolute & how art is provocative, evocative, political and spiritual depending on what side of the cultural divide you exist. Robust conversation and insightful observations ensued about many [...]
Thrilled to be onset with Dorcas Uktovic, conversation host, to film a segment for Oz African TV . Thank you for this opportunity to be part of your incredible enterprise - a television series celebrating the accomplishments of African Australians in varied capacities. I spoke about cultural appropriation versus appreciation and how this program countered racism by affording platforms for authentic voices; poetic justice ??❤️ I look forward to seeing the final cut go to [...]