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Simone Arnol

Transformative Practice
Date/Time: 1PM-2PM Thursday 21 July
Venue: Araluen Theatre

"Keeping it grass roots while respecting the elders, the keepers of Knowledge."

This deep underlying passion of Simone Arnol is reflected in all of her works.

Descending from the Gunggandji Peoples through her father (and her mother of Sicilian heritage), she uses this strong connection to family and country as a foundation for all of her art. Inspired by the many Elders, children and all the Traditional Owners who have been part of her life through her working career in Indigenous Law and Native Title, she continues to expand herself as a developing, grassroots artist.

Her stories flow strongly through her works on canvas, portraits on paper, photography, and her true passion for textiles and clothing design. Simone continues to experiment and progress through different mediums with each piece keeping within cultural and mainstream sustainability practices. More recent years have seen her work within Fashion Curation, events and design. She has been showcasing at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair's Fashion Performance for the last 5 years and co-curated this premier event for the last 3 years.

Simone was the first Indigenous Fashion Designer at The Australian Eco Fashion Week in Perth, 2017. Along with winning the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) - Environmental and Sustainability contribution category in 2021. As seen in all of her past collection, Simone combines class, uniqueness, and modern designs with powerful narratives to convey true messages of her history and her people.

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