|MPavillion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Opposite NGV International , & The Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000|
Talking First Nations Fashion
As part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, First Nations Curator Shonae Hobson will be joined by Fashion Designer Lyn-Al Young and Grace Lillian Lee, Indigenous Art Curator of the National Gallery of Victoria, Myles Russell-Cook as well as others for this sneak preview of the exhibition. Piinpi will be featuring fashion and design items from around Australia showcasing the strength and diversity of the growing Indigenous Fashion and Textile industry. The panel will discuss how the exhibition draws inspiration from the Indigenous seasons recognized by First Nations and includes artists from urban to remote areas.
This is a free drop in event.
MPavilion is a temporary pavilion located in the heart of Melbourne located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road. Each year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions a world-renowned architect to design MPavilion, which becomes the centre of a free spring-summer program of talks, workshops, performances, installations and more. More information and how to get there please visit the MPavilion website
Shonae Hobson is a Southern Kaantju woman from Coen, Cape York Peninsula. Shonae graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Anthropology and Art History, from the University of Melbourne. She has worked in a variety of arts and cultural spaces, including as the assistant curator for the Donald Thomson Collection exhibition at the University of Melbourne, as a research intern for Northern Australian Collections online at the Melbourne Museum and as Project Officer for the Coen Regional Aboriginal Corporation Women’s Support Centre. Shonae currently resides on Dja Dja Wurrung Country where she holds the position of First Nations Curator at Bendigo Art Gallery.
Shonae has experience working with a broad range of arts and community organisations. She is committed to the arts and to supporting opportunities for First Nations art practitioners and believes that Indigenous peoples are able to maintain culture and still contribute to the global economy.
Lyn-Al Young is a Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta CEO, fashion designer and artist of her own label LYN-AL based in Melbourne.
Her name and brand is a reminder of the importance of connecting back and honouring her heritage every time she starts her design process as her name has intergenerational significance sharing her birthday with her Nan Lynette and Great Nan Alice.
Grace Lillian Lee
Grace Lillian Lee is a multicultural artist and descendant of the Meriam Mer people of the Eastern Islands of the Torres Strait. Taking inspiration from her Indigenous heritage, Grace uses fashion and adornment as a means of understanding and representing her own culture. Renowned for creating wearable interpretations of traditional Torres Strait Island weaving techniques in the form of body sculptures and accessories, Grace has become a shining beacon in the arts and culture space. Helping foster rich collaborative networks amongst remote communities, she is empowering the next generation to connect with their lineage through dance, music, and textiles. Her curated fashion performances provide an opportunity for artists to represent their heritage through contemporary, wearable art while facilitating the sharing of cultural knowledge and craftsmanship.
Myles Russell-Cook is the Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Myles is jointly responsible for the National Gallery of Victoria’s collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the art of Oceania, Pre-hispanic America and Africa. In addition to this Myles, facilitates and supports activities involving the acquisition, display and interpretation, research into and public dissemination of Indigenous art within the galleries collection.
Much of Myles' influence and inspiration comes from his maternal Aboriginal heritage in Western Victoria with connections into Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands.
Myles has lectured in Art history, Design Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Swinburne University. He is currently joint editor of the NGV’s annual scholarly publication, The Art Journal, which features in-depth, peer-reviewed essays by established art curators, conservators and academics, based on works held in the NGV’s collection.