The Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield today announced my appointment to the Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, along with Mr Sam Walsh AO, Mr Leigh Carmichael and Ms Zoe McKenzie. The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.  The Australia Council

Appointed as GEDC Chair

I am delighted to share the news that State Cabinet has recently approved my appointment as Chair to the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission Board of Management. The GEDC is a West Australian Government agency committed to encouraging and promoting economic and social activity in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. I was appointed to the Board in 2014

Australia’s most remote fashion week

  The ABC has just done a great story on the Warburton Fashion Week 2016 event I have been working on with Wilurarra Creative and the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service. It’s so fantastic to see a story celebrating the incredible, vibrant style culture of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Here’s your chance to get a taste.

Rolling on a red dirt runway

This July I am in Warburton, on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia, preparing for Warburton Fashion Week 2016. Wilurarra Creative is presenting a month of styling, performance and hair activities, leading up to a week of fashion-focused events. There will be a whole lotta fun and also some serious work to be done; you can

Culture is Big Business

Image: Kalgoorlie musician Zach Inglis playing at an Eleven13 Records gig on top of a mining headframe at WA Museum Kalgoorlie. A few years ago I wrote an article for Meanjin about the economic contribution of the creative industries. I know the research shows us that arts, culture and the creative industries make significant positive impact

Desert Writing: Stories from country

This lil beauty just arrived! It’s an anthology of writing by people who live in the remote communities of Australia, including me. My work is a short story based on some of my sweetest experiences living in Warburton. Here’s a bit more about the book from the publisher: In September 2013, just before the weather turned

Are you inspired to be a Churchill Fellow?

The Churchill Trust recently celebrated fifty years of it’s phenomenal Churchill Fellowship program in Australia. To celebrate they have published ‘Inspiring Australians‘ to highlight the incredible breadth and depth of work these fellowships support. It’s a pretty amazing collection of stories, and I’m really humbled that a feature has been included about my Churchill Fellowship

What does Sir Madam Salon sound like?

LISTEN NOW Sir Madam Salon recently met with Nathan Morris from ABC Goldfields to have chat about social change hairdressing. But, as anyone who has experienced one of our salons knows, it wouldn’t be Sir Madam Salon without a bit of topsy turvy and so we asked Nathan to step into the role of hairdresser. Luckily

These ranges will be calling me back

I was very excited to be able to return last month to Warburton Community, in the remote Ngaanyatjarra Lands, as part of a Wilurarra Creative project to create a fashion publication. It was an incredible opportunity to visit the community which has shaped so much of my thinking on social change hairdressing. When I left