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SCCI Fashion Hub Weekend

In partnership with SCCI: Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas, we welcome you to the Fashion Hub Weekend.

Across the weekend, join us to explore fashion and its intersections with film, technology, social justice, business and the environment focusing on the Australian influence on the global fashion conversation. Thinkers, makers and designers will discuss future trends in textile innovation, raw materials and garment construction and their impact on art, politics, international diplomacy, commerce, education and speculative futures.

Bundle tickets are available or pick your favourite talks from the programme listed below.

SCCI Fashion and Architecture Hubs in London are supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons, the British Council, the Australian Government and Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.

Please note that the keynote and talks will happen in person at the Design Museum and won't be live-streamed or recorded.

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Lucy McRae, Solitary Survival Raft, Photo by Ariel Fisher

Courtney Holm, Rituals of Care Campaign

TJ Cowlishaw & Grace Lillian Lee, Vogue Australia May 2022_Photo by Jess Ruby James

Atong Atem, Water

Among Equals

Katie-Louise Nicol-Ford & Timothy Nicol-Ford

Alex Seton, Tributes to a Past, 2019, statuario, bianca carra, badiglio and stain steel, 180 x 30 x 24cm

Fashions and Museums, Feel and Think SCAF 2013, Photo by Brett Boardman, Courtesy Gene Sherman

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Vivid, Sydney 2022

The Programme

Opening Keynote: The Architecture Of Fashion

In this keynote address, world-renowned body architect, artist and futurist, Lucy McRae, will explore the transformation of the human body via technology and fashion speculating on the future of human existence, the limits of the body, beauty, biotech and fashioning the future self.

Location: Bakala Auditorium

Bookers for this talk are welcome to join us for a drinks reception in the museum’s atrium from 18.30.

Join a panel conversation investigating leading cultural organisations using fashion to reimagine the museum and gallery experiences moderated by Dolla Merrillees (writer, curator, and cultural producer) with Matthew Linde (fashion curator and researcher) and Philip Fimmano (trend analyst, design curator and writer).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Changemakers: Australian Pioneers

A panel conversation that features young innovators adding their voices to the rapidly evolving transparent circular fashion design conversation. Join Clare Press (journalist, filmmaker, author and presenter), Michaela Stark (counter-couturier and artist) and Courtney Holm (founder of fashion sustainable label A.BCH) for this inspiring discussion.

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Born to be Bold: Contemporary Australian Designers

Trailblazers of contemporary Australian fashion, Romance Was Born and Nicol & Ford portray the nation’s fashion identity as vibrant, multicultural, confident, young and young-at-heart. In this panel conversation moderated by Clare Press, discover more about the work of Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett (founders of the fashion label Romance Was Born) and Timothy Nicol-Ford and Katie-Louise Nicol-Ford (Founders of the fashion label Nicol & Ford).

Generously supported by SCCI Design Diplomats Elizabeth Pakchung, Dr Dick Quan, Dixie Coulton and Don Grieve QC

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Julie Bishop Keynote: The Politics of Dress

A keynote address from The Honourable Julie Bishop, Chancellor of the Australian National University and former Deputy Leader of the Australian Liberal Party and Minister for Foreign Affairs, will present Australian fashion's political and diplomatic potential in the new global order and the power of fashion to shape individual identities and build geopolitical ties between Australia and the world.

Location: Bakala Auditorium

Facing Australia: Self Portraiture and Identity

Discover Australia’s diverse communities, identities and creative practices through the lense of self portraiture in this panel conversation with artists Atong Atem and Shaun Gladwell, moderated by Brett Rogers OBE (Director of The Photographer's Gallery, London).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Art & Fashion

The relationship between art and fashion receives an ultra-contemporary re-examination in this panel conversation moderated by Dr Gene Sherman (SCCI Founder) with Alex Seton (artist and sculptor) and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (interdisciplinary artist).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

Communities, Craft and Commerce

In this closing panel, hear from leading Indigenous Australian and Pacific innovators shaking up the fashion industry in a conversation moderated by Philip Fimmano (trend analyst, design curator and writer) with Grace Lilian Lee (artist and designer founder of First Nations Fashion & Design), Teagan Cowlishaw, (founder of the sustainable label AARLI), Florence Jaukae Kamel (founder of Bilum Festival and Goroka Bilum Weavers) and Caroline Sherman (advocate for the women bilum weavers of Papua New Guinea and founder of Among Equals).

Location: Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery

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Booking information

You can book a bundle ticket for Saturday and Sunday talks, or book individual talks listed above.


Friday keynote: £5

Individual talk: £5 each

Bundle ticket (All Saturday + Sunday talks, excludes Friday keynote): £15

Bundle ticket + Friday keynote: £20

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About The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI)

SCCI is a Hub series fashioned as the newest evolution of the re-named Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF, 2008-2017). SCCI launched in April 2018 with its inaugural Fashion and Architecture Hubs, returning in 2019 with highly acclaimed programming. The Foundation’s deliberately intimate and high-impact events explore intersections with these disciplines and the cultural, social, aesthetic and economic life of contemporary Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

Check the Architecture Hub Programme

A weekend of talks with leading figures in Australia’s built environment community sharing their forward-thinking approach to addressing urban, rural and regional architectural needs with a focus on widespread housing crises, hidden homelessness, historic structures and their contemporary reimaginings, large-scale infrastructural visions and compassionate small-scale architectural interventions.

Background image: Atong Atem, Our Neighbour Was a Witch.