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|

Far From Home, documentary film debut

I was delighted to be one of 12 Australian Muslims selected for a documentary 'Far From Home'. A Saudi Arabian TV station commissioned NZ filmmaker Lisa Savage to document Muslim diaspora stories of those living in the West. Shot on location in my home, Southbank, Lentil As Anything, the Islamic Museum of Australia and Sydney Road, this proved to be a comfortable opportunity to impart my personal and professional persona including snippets of my fused [...]

November 4th, 2014|

IMA ‘Artists Salon’ August

Enjoyed 'The Artist's Salon' event at The Islamic Museum of Australia last night. Hearing diverging stories and perspectives from poet, Nazid Kimmie, mosaic supremo Anisa Sharif, and aviation expert Moustafa Darwiche. Surprise guest was the extraordinary Fatima Killeen who shared her motivation informing an international career in politically astute and stunning artwork, "Art pieces should be conductors of knowledge" says Fatima. 'Looted' , one of her works, features at the IMA. #artysmarty #justice #freepalestine

August 9th, 2014|