CWA Awareness Week
Time & Location
Ever wondered who was in CWA or what CWA was all about?
Join us for canapés, wine, good company and conversation whilst enjoying the beautiful surrounds of Weswal Gallery.
Our guest speaker for the evening will be Colleen Tighe Johnson, a local Australian Aboriginal fashion designer who uses her talents to harness the spirit of her ancestors and revive Gomeroi Dreaming Stories through her label, Buluuy Mirrii (Black Star in her Gomeroi language). Colleen’s work creates cultural story within her designs - unique commissioned Gomeroi artworks are printed onto luxury fabrics and used to design one-off garments showcased on her runways. Her models are drawn from the not-for-profit Buluuy Mirrii Youth Development program, taking young Aboriginal people from their home towns to the international stage. Colleen’s designs have been featured on international runways in Melbourne, New Zealand, Canada and New York Fashion Week. As a label, Buluuy Mirrii promotes and revives important aspects of traditional Gomeroi culture within each runway show. The stories behind the fabrics and designs are outlined in the event program, allowing the international fashion audience to learn some of Gomeroi cultural richness. Her impact in her home community is extensive. The Buluuy Mirrii Youth Program embodies Colleen’s passion for youth development and through it, the business is delivering positive economic consequences for the community. The effect is transformative, uplifting and completely worthwhile. Just like her designs.
Bring a friend and enjoy a fun night out. We look forward to meeting you!
This year's CWA Awareness Week topic is supported by Rural Adversity Mental Health Program - RAMHP and the Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health.