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Grace Dlabik

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Grace Dlabik is a proud Melanesian Papua New Guinean/Austrian woman based in Naarm (Melbourne). She is a creative director, consultant and curator, a mama and carer, an aunty, sister and mentor, an expander of ideas, and a connector with a deep focus and passion to co-create ecosystems in the creative world. Founder of BE. Collective and BE. ONE – a creative agency that champions young people of colour predominantly from marginalised backgrounds. For more than 20 years Grace has been a highly-sought after visionary trailblazer and dedicated community leader, seamlessly working with the intention of bringing others along with her in forms of collaboration and deep connection which she seamlessly interweaves into her strategy for lasting legacy bodies of work. Her life’s work is grounded in upholding community care, and the assurance that the collective efforts of those around her are greater together. Grace credits her son, Elijah, as her greatest teacher.

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