Media

The Centre Circle, Fox Netball Australia

I had the opportunity to speak with the lovely ladies of The Centre Circle about the creation story of 'Winyar Yuringa, Women of the Sun', my 2022 First Nations Round Supernetball game ball design. 

Click the link below to watch the full interview.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CeCzxOUJu1N/?hl=en

Koorie Heritage Trust

'Off The Wall' Artist Talk, Thursday 12th May 2022, 6-8 pm. Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne. Come along and listen to the Artists speak of their custom pieces for this fantastic exhibition.

Off The Wall Artist Floortalk - Koorie Heritage Trust

Steelcase Solutions

I was recently commissioned by Steelcase Solutions in Southbank, Melbourne to do a live painting during Design Week 2022. The piece I created was called 'Two Worlds', telling of Steelcase's reconcilation journey and their resonsibilities with First Nations People across Australia. 

Steelcase - Office Furniture Solutions, Education & Healthcare Furniture

Knox News

I recently spoke to Goya of the Knox News about the converted telegraph pole I painted late last year for the Koolamara Waters habitat corridor in Ferntree Gully, a safe access to the wetlands and bushlands for our endagered species and native wildlife.    

Knox Immserse

I spoke with Will Tate of Knox Immerse about the inspiration behind 'Wala Yapaneyeput', a legacy to my great-grandmother, Yarmuk of the Ulupna Tribe. The piece is currently being displayed at Knox Skate Park. Listen to the full interview here.

Simone Thomson – Wala Yapaneyeput, Water Together | Knox

Dancing with Creation, Maroondah City Council

'Dancing with Creation' is a Reconciliation project developed by the Maroondah City Council in collaboration with Mullum-Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, Robert Young, Chris Hume and myself for Ringwood East's Activation Program. Here's a video about the creation proces and story behind the mural.  

https://youtu.be/DUo2BjpAETE

Tricontinental

In late March 2021, 120 traditional owners from 40 different First People’s groups spent five days at the National First People’s Gathering on Climate Change in Cairns (Australia). Speaking on the impact of the climate crisis on First People, Gavin Singleton from the Yirrganydji traditional owners explained that ‘From changing weather patterns to shifts in natural ecosystems, climate change is a clear and present threat to our people and our culture’.

My late Aunty Hyllus Maris features in this month's newsletter along with my piece 'Awakening' dedicated in her honour. Read the remaining article and newsletter here.

https://thetricontinental.org/newsletterissue/34-climate-crisis/

Melton Specialist School Newsletter

I recently spent time with the students of Melton Specialist School embedding Aboriginal Culture in the visual form by a series of student aided murals. Read more here.

https://meltonss.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/03.06.21.pdf

Suncorp Super Netball

Part of the celebration of Indigenous Round for all eight Super Netball clubs is the Indigenous Round dress. Here are the stories behind each of them.

https://supernetball.com.au/news/indigenous-round-2021-story-behind-dresses

Koori Support and Cultural Safety at VCAT, Bundoora

I was very lucky to create a lovely big piece for the new VCAT premises in Bundoora recently. My piece now sits in one of the culturally safe Hearing Rooms along with other Aboriginal artifacts. Watch the interview here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4dHHN2B9Ew

Carlton Football Club, Sir Doug Nicholls Round

 I recently designed the cultural gift exchange for Carlton Football Club to be handed over to the Sydney Swans during the Sir Doug Nicholls Round. Read more about the meaning of the shield its symbol of strength here.  

https://www.carltonfc.com.au/news/945823/the-meaning-behind-the-shield 

Melbourne's First Nation Art Designed Trams

My mother, Aunty Zeta Thomson, has had her art 'Mookies Around the Waterhole' designed on one of Melbourne's iconic trams. The vinyl wrapped tram can be seen around the city and will be spreading culture for the next twelve months. 

https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/news/melbournes-first-nations-designed-art-trams-have-been-unveiled-052421

Lancefield Mercury
I spoke with Fay Woodhouse about my recent mural for Red Door Books of Lancefield. Special thanks to Emma and John for their hospitality and ongoing support. 
Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Eltham

I spoke with the lovely Roslyn from Eltham Library about my recent mural created for their children's garden. I wanted to give the space some colour whilst retaining the earthy bush feel of the surrounds. It was important for me to convey the local ancestor spirits of Bunjil and Waa to the up and coming generations.  

 

https://www.yprl.vic.gov.au/blogs/eltham-s-dreaming-mural/

Essex Heights Primary School

I joined the inquisitive Grade 2 cohort of Essex Heights Primary School in Mount Waverley for a NAIDOC discussion on Aboriginal art and culture. The students showed respect and genuine interest in the meaning of our symbols and the language of our art to be incorporated in their upcoming art unit.

https://www.essexheightsps.vic.edu.au/uploaded_files/media/1606782108contact_issue_24_2020_november_27.pdf 

Super Netball Indigenous Round 2020

'Winyar Mugadjina - Women's Track of Foot' Indigenous Round weekend. Wide World of Sports, Nine Network. Ball, court centre and courtside graphics for Super Netball Indigenous Round 2020, Cairns.

 

In collaboration with Dreamtime Art.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CFMCVMHHLY4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

Super Netball Indigenous Round 2020

'Winyar Mugadjina - Women's Track of Foot', Netball design, centre court design, courtside graphics for Super Netball Indigenous Round 2020. Pre-round media for the highly anticipated games held in Cairns, Queensland. 

 

In collaboration with Dreamtime Art.

https://supernetball.com.au/news/excitement-builds-indigenous-round-2020

 

Knox News

Article for the Knox News 'Exploring an Ancient Culture' tells of Scoresby West Preschool's efforts to instill cultural awareness and a lasting respect for Aboriginal culture through a bush tucker garden and the new addition of my recently painted mural.   

 

https://www.knox.vic.gov.au/files/News/Knox_News_Spring_2020.pdf 

Cuppa of Life Cafe

I spoke to Luke from Cuppa of Life Cafe for a morning chat about National Reconciliation Week. I share my thoughts on reconciliation and where we are as a country touching on my great-grandmother's story.

3KND comes to opening night of 'Exhale'

3KND Kool and Deadly joined guests for the opening night of my solo exhibition 'Exhale' held at Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne, on March 5th 2020. Welcome to Country was performed by my mother, Aunty Zeta Thomson, and yidaki was played by my brother Mark Thomson. 

 

https://www.3knd.org.au/post/simone-thompson-solo-exhibition-exhale