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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Today at the Sofitel in Melbourne, I was thrilled to be attending the Wardah -Succeeding Together: An Australia-Indonesia Collaboration event. Fashion diplomacy with panache. Showcasing designs from Australia's modest designers- Amalina, Baraka and Delina. And from Indonesia- Rumah Ayu, Etu and Pia Miranda. Some exquisite designs with a distinctive Melbourne edge.
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