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Artist in Conversation  

Join us for a conversation with acclaimed designer Paul McCann. As a proud Marrithiyal man, McCann infuses his artistry with a profound understanding of storytelling and cultural heritage. 

Discover the inspiration behind McCann's artisanal gowns and intricately hand-painted organza as he shares insights into his journey from the Northern Territory to Victoria. Delve into the rich tapestry of Indigenous artistry as McCann discusses his role as a non-uniformed Indigenous wellbeing officer within Victoria's prison system, and how this experience has shaped his creative vision. 

Through heartfelt dialogue, we invite you to explore the intersection of art, identity, and resilience. Join us as we celebrate the transformative power of beauty and the enduring legacy of Indigenous creativity.  

About the artist  

Paul McCann is celebrated as one of the fashion world's top-performing First Nations designers. He is renowned for his elegantly luxe, artisanal gowns and high-end garments, demonstrating a profound understanding of the narrative underpinning fashion. Raised in the Northern Territory, McCann's fascination with design was ignited by photographs of his grandmother from the 1950s. Paul McCann was recently selected to present a solo showcase as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival’s 2024 Glam Up runaway. He was also a part of Celeste Barber’s The Way We Wore, a vibrant exploration of Australian fashion, The Way We Wore uncovered the cultural and historical significance of fashion, revealing how the clothes we wear can give intimate and surprising insights into how the Australia has evolved. 

Anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.


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