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Lonnie Holley: Thumbs Up for Mother Universe


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Transcend the limits of creativity with American multidisciplinary artist Lonnie Holley.

About the Event

Lonnie Holley is a visionary. Renowned for his unconventional approach to art and music, his extraordinary life of hardship and survival has fueled a relentless drive and expression that knows no bounds.

Working across multiple artforms, his work is held in the collections of The Met, The Smithsonian, the Art Gallery of NSW and in the United Nations. His most recent album Oh Me Oh My, released to immense critical acclaim, features collaborations with Michael Stipe, Sharon Van Etten, Bon Iver and many more. He has referred to his art and music as a ‘salve for his memories.’

For Spring Fling, join Holley and host Santilla Chingaipe at the Wheeler Centre for an evening of conversation and live performance. Prepare to be transformed by this true artistic force, who has devoted his life to furious curiosity and the practice of improvisational creativity.


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About Spring Fling

Spring Fling returns in 2023, and this year we’re going Above and Beyond.

We’re looking further, delving deeper, and asking bigger questions with outstanding thinkers who are reshaping our world and envisioning extraordinary futures.

Spring Fling is supported by the Victorian State Government.


Spring Fling


Lonnie Holley

The extraordinary life of acclaimed Alabama-born visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley is a story of survival, endurance and triumph. Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle and hardship, furious curiosity and ... Read more

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a filmmaker, historian and author, whose work explores settler colonialism, slavery, and post-colonial migration in Australia. Chingaipe’s first book of non-fiction detailing the untold stories of convicts of African descent is forthcoming, and the critically acclaimed and aw... Read more


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