#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|

Vintage Rumage for Arts Sake

Having too much fun this afternoon with a vintage styled dress rehearsal for an upcoming shoot for #thefashionmarketau #stellamagazine at #oncemorewithfeelingvintage boutique. Stunning clothing and accessories, plus fabulous service from  Jo, please check this place out in Seddon. Looking forward to the shoot in January and print edition later in 2016 #vintagefeels #styledmyway #watchthisspace #smallbutfierce          

December 22nd, 2015|

New Appointment to Senior Curator – walking the artysmarty talk

So this happened today ..! I'm delighted to announce I'll be joining the fabulous team at IMA as its Senior Curator.  I would like to acknowledge my predecessor Nur Skhembi, for her brilliant work in establishing a high standard in this role. Her achievements at IMA are a credit to the museum, and I'm proud to be associated with it for her efforts. Looking onward and upward to exciting developments celebrating art, heritage and discovery! [...]

October 22nd, 2015|

Party with a Purpose

Today I attended an afternoon lunch & fundraiser for Syrian refugees, organised by the indefatigable and boundlessly compassionate Saima Qureshi, in her stunning Melbourne home.  In addition to a mother of all banquets, at this lunch, a few of the guests (myself included) shared insights into the status quo for refugees seeking asylum in the west, the conditions of refugee camps, and the capacity for activism at a local level to achieve global impact.  This [...]

September 20th, 2015|

A Panel for all seasons..

A terrific panel discussion on 'Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia' this afternoon for the #BrimbankReadersandWritersFestival2015. With co-author Irfan Yusuf and editor, Demet Divaroren our conversation was brilliantly facilitated by #WritersVictoria Director, #KateLarsen. From inspirations to frustrations, we canvassed many challenges of a hyphenated identity in an at times monocultural society. A genuinely wonderful session, engaging healthy input from the audience, highlighting media bias and the socio-cultural demonisation of new communities as a [...]

September 5th, 2015|

Border Force Fiasco belies Systemic Racism

Well that Border Force Patrol aka #BorderFarcePatrol stunt classified as 'Operation Fortitude' by the Federal government, fast morphed into an #OperationIneptitude debacle. Cancelled before it took off, this legalised gaffe in racial profiling represented the latest blunder in a suite of errors that's come to reflect the national security agenda of federal politics. A mass protest ensued organised in a few hours after the announcement from Canberra that a stop and search style inspection would [...]

August 28th, 2015|

American Shariah – the movie 

Catching up with funny man, actor and producer #OmarRegan  at the Melbourne premiere of #AmericanShariah. Congrats- on a brilliant film executing home truths of the lived reality for American Muslims facing Islamophobia. Produced with humour and tact, this film is a feel good venture that deftly educates. Highly recommend you watch for upcoming screenings in your city- it's a film that will leave you thankful for artists using their craft to combat the often overwhelming [...]

May 24th, 2015|

Alexandria Agenda

Embarking on forthcoming project #AlexandriaAgenda - ethical consulting in managing diverse stakeholder relationships. Offering services in organisational analyses, advice, training and evaluation. A new chapter with challenges and benchmarks to exceed bolstered by a superb team led by Director, Prof Joseph Camilleri. For more info please visit: #watchthisspace #local #international

November 18th, 2014|