Exhibit E(migrate)

Tonight I joined a small group of alumni, friends and staff of La Trobe University for the Melbourne launch of Exhibit E(migrate); a celebration of the Australian emigrant story.    As a university that celebrates diversity and social inclusion, La Trobe’s Exhibit E(migrate) highlights the unique cultural and intellectual contribution made by both the artists and the emigrant. This series launch is part of the University’s showcasing of works from their own collection. The La [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|

‘Optus Dan’ is Larger than Life

Today I was thrilled to show Dan de Sousa aka 'Dan from Optus around the IMA. Some of you may know about the legend of Dan during his time as the online Optus customer service guy who famously corrected countless racist comments on Optus's Facebook page in 2015. This followed the company's decision at that time to place signage in Arabic in certain shopping centres in Sydney. Furore ensued amongst some customers who were affronted [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 August 17th, 2016|

Bendigo Writers Festival: Coming home to write

This weekend I attended the Bendigo Writers Festival 2016, held in its notable arts precinct, for a fifth consecutive year.  Day 1 was the festival opening which included a panel discussion with Benjamin Law, Ita Buttrose and David Astle, discussing  'Being Brave Enough'. This was held at the Ulumbarra Theatre - formerly Bendigo Gaol, which made for great photo opps! Benjamin and Ita Day 2 commenced the bulk of festival events. My first [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 August 14th, 2016|

Maticevski Courts Dark Elegance

Attended the launch of 'Dark Wonderlands'- an exhibition showcasing the couture masterpieces of Australian design icon, Toni Maticevski at the #BendigoArtGallery last night, following Day 2 of the Bendigo Writers Festival. I can say with certainty, I've not attended such a couture laden event of this calibre in MY LIFE. Nor have I ever felt so underdressed, out of place and intrigued all at the same time!! From the liquorice macaroons to the guests swanning [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 August 14th, 2016|

Heaven to Heaven in Melbourne 

Last night saw the launch of 'Heaven to Heaven' - an exhibition held at Kinross Arts Centre in partnership with the @islamicmuseumaustralia. This event comprised a spectacular collection of photography capturing the raw pathos of the Arbaeen, by photographer Tom Toby of @wildfireimages as well as a compelling documentary by director, Sayyad Hamid Mostaja. This documentary is scheduled to feature on the ABC in the near future.  As Curator of the IMA, I was invited [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 August 11th, 2016|

Face to Face with Democracy

Now for something a little different.. 'Face Up' is an interactive experience that celebrates Australia's vibrant democracy and the power of your voice within it.  This exhibition will be projecting in King’s Hall for the next year or so. Every three months the Museum changes the four ‘provocations’ of democracy. Currently they have ‘Checks and Balances’, ‘Rights and Obligations’, ‘A Fair Go’ and ‘It’s the Vibe’ (a reference to the movie The Castle and the [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 July 31st, 2016|

Traditional Ties that Bind

Taking Co-Chairs of the National Congress of Australia's First People's-Dr Jackie Huggins & Rod Little, for a tour of the @islamicmuseumaustralia. An absolute delight sharing stories of connections between the First People with Macassans and Cameleers from the 1700's onward. Connections predate that of British colonial rule. And the storyline of these relationships is coloured with tales of camaraderie and family bloodlines. The ties are long and strong.  Anticipating some collaborative ventures into the future [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 July 20th, 2016|

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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:39+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:43+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:45+00:00 June 4th, 2016|