Conversation Program | Friday 28 October | 5.00 - 6.00pm
Join award-winning artist, designer, and creative Travis De Vries for a yarn with creative producer Dakota Dixon.
Presented over four weeks at key design institutions across Sydney, the Bangawarra Design Yarning series celebrates excellence in First Nations design in Australia. The program connects leading First Nations designers working in graphics, object, architecture, fashion, and jewellery with guest curators and producers to discuss the power of creative practice.
Travis De Vries is a Gamilaroi man and award-winning artist and creative working across digital art, graphic design, painting, sculpture, and photography, as well as dance and performance. He is the founder and director of Awesome Black, a creative social enterprise developing original First Nations talent and unique storytelling content across a variety of mediums. Storytelling is at the heart of Travis' practice which explores personal and universal themes of Indigeneity, violence, destruction, politics, love, death, and relationships. Travisâ€™ practice has taken him from performing on stage with Bangarra Dance Theatre, to exhibiting widely in Australia and the UK, and producing bespoke arts programs for Indigenous community.
Dakota Dixon is is a proud Dharawal-Dhungatti woman from the La Perouse area and a descendant of the traditional owners of Sydney Harbour. She is currently First Nations Creative Programs Producer at the Australian Design Centre. Dakota has worked on several projects at Barangaroo including a Welcome to Country film 'Wellema' and has worked with Lendlease on outdoor public art sculptures in the Barangaroo area. She aims to work with local community to highlight the talent of Indigenous designers and makers. She has a background in graphic design and enjoys painting in her spare time.
Presented by UNSW Art & Design and UNSW Galleries, and held at the Australian Design Centre