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Mapping Culture: Something Old, Something New


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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

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


Tahnee Edwards

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 colour... Read more

Aadhya Wijegoonawardena

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 j... Read more

Tierney Khan

Tierney Khan has always been passionate about using words to express her opinions and to stand up for what she believes in. In 2020 she became the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award Victorian State Champion with a speech titled ‘Not another speech about feminism’, and has since utilised those ski... Read more


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