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Culture is a living thing: always growing, always changing. But it’s important to hold onto a sense of who we are and where we’ve come from.
So, how do young artists and creators find the balance between old and new in an ever-shifting landscape? In this era of rapid globalisation, how do they create work that honours the unique traditions of their ancestors, while still keeping things fresh?
Gammin Threads founder Tahnee Edwards and Brown Paint podcast producer Aadhya Wije are young creators whose work reflects this complicated balancing act. With host Tierney Khan, they’ll discuss culture and identity, share the origin stories of their projects, and consider what it means to create something new from something old.
This event is guest programmed by Tierney Khan
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Tahnee is a Yorta Yorta and Taungurung designer based in Melbourne. She has her own label called Gammin threads which she started in 2018. Gammin threads was born from a love of typography, language and Blak pride. It consists of deadly apparel and accessories for people who believe in living colourfully, paying respect and empowering women.
Aadhya Wijegoonawardena is an emerging Artist in the Dance, Music Theatre and TV/Film Industries. She most recently appeared in ABC and Netflix’s new television series Why Are You Like This. Aadhya is also the Founder of Brown Paint, an Instagram and Podcast Platform inspired by her personal journey of coming into her identity as a young South Asian Artist and the cultural struggles that came along with that. Brown Paint hopes to inspire intra-cultural healing within the South Asian community through Art and the breaking down of traditional ideals within the culture, whilst presenting an alternative antidote to the issue of representation.
Most of all Aadhya’s mission is to inspire people to embrace their innate power, hold on to their childhood dreams, and live out their lives as truthfully and fully as possible.
Tierney Khan has always been passionate about using words to express her opinions and to stand up for what she believes in. She has been recognised as both an individual and team public speaker at multiple competitions, and in 2020 she became the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award Victorian State Champion with a speech titled 'Not another speech about feminism'. Her commitment to social justice has seen her work with local communities in Thailand and Timor Leste. Coming from a multi-ethnic background, Tierney has personally experienced many of the issues faced by young female Australians of colour, and she channels those experiences to help drive her actions.
Being a teenager is all about change. Adolescence is when most of us form a sense of the world, try to find our place in it and (hopefully) have some fun along the way. Beyond what we learn at school, some of our most valuable learning happens when we discover the communities and ideas that connect us.
In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. We’ll explore the challenges facing young people right now, and the bold ways they’re envisioning their own futures. Hear from teens, writers, and educators about their passions, plans, survival tips and more.