SCCI Fashion Hub (Fashion + Architecture)
- When 5 Apr - 21 Apr 2018
20 Goodhope St, Paddington NSW 2021
Tues — Fri 10am — 6pm, Sat 11am — 6pm
Tickets are now available to participate in the inaugural programs offered by the exciting new Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI).
Founded by philanthropist and major supporter of UNSW Art & Design, Dr Gene Sherman the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a platform for the exchange of challenging and engaging ideas on Fashion (March/April) and Architecture (September/October), within the broader context of contemporary art and culture.
Three headline speakers, Emmanuel Coquery, Akira Minagawa and Bandana Tewari, anchor the forthcoming Fashion Hub program (5-21 April) that includes 60 international and Australian guests across 40 stimulating talks, performances, workshops and films.
Extending over five years from 2018 – 2022, SCCI is the latest iteration of the not-for-profit Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), a philanthropic enterprise dedicated to providing an innovative forum for contemporary art. SCAF commissioned 37 major projects by internationally renowned visual practitioners from Australia, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East including Ai Weiwei (China), Janet Laurenceand Brook Andrew (Australia), Dinh Q. Le (Vietnam), Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, Yang Fudong (China) and Tokujin Yoshioka (Japan).
Dr Sherman says, “Thirty-one years of exhibition making, first at Sherman Galleries (1986–2007) and then at SCAF (2008- 2017), has been something of a marathon and, simultaneously, a great privilege. We now move forward with Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI). SCCI is my next (and final) cultural phase, a natural extension of the Culture + Ideas programme at SCAF – an interdisciplinary platform for deep engagement with fashion and architecture.
Fashion, in particular, has lacked serious attention as a sophisticated, intellectually rich and multifaceted mode of creative expression. Through SCCI, we seek to elevate it to a more prominent position alongside other artforms, and begin a conversation that is long overdue.”
Dr Sherman explains, “Starting in 2018 and continuing for five years, we plan to shine a spotlight on fashion in all its complexity. With events for industry professionals, the interested public and small children through to teenagers, our in-depth programme covers a multiplicity of fashion related topics: fashion ethics, fashion in the museum, fashion films, fashion words, fashion photography and fashion illustration. In addition, we will explore issues around textiles, craftsmanship, fashion as business and fashion as art.”
The three major international speakers hail from France, Japan and India and collectively signal fashion history, design and publishing. Director of Curatorial Affairs of the Rmn-Grand Palais, Paris, Emmanuel Coquery, interdisciplinary Japanese designer, Akira Minagawa, and Editor-at-Large of Vogue India, Bandana Tewari, blur transnational and industry boundaries in a mash-up that expands outward through the SCCI Fashion Hub duration.
Also on the Fashion Hub bill is an impressive array of leading designers including Karen Walker, Paul Vasileff of the Paolo Sebastian label and Bianca Spender (UNSW), together with artists and performers including Nasim Nasr, Mella Jaarsma and Kate Scardifield (UNSW Art & Design).
Deep Dive Forum days delve into the topic through the prism of words, ethics and the petites mains craftsmanship. Fashion films and fashion collection add weight to these high-focus segments. Studio NewGEN looks to the young with age-specific workshops focussed on topic-related upcycling, animation, illustration and photography, whilst SCCI Atelier engages embroidery fashionistas as well as sutra stitching meditators. Textiles talk, performers perform and The Art of Fashion takes its rightful place in the cultural firmament.
Deep Dive Forums, Performance Pods, Capsules and Workshops have been devised in collaboration with fashion innovators and thinkers including: journalist and author Caroline Baum; Wardrobe Crisis author and Vogue Australia Sustainability Editor-at-Large Clare Press; documentary film producer Julia Overton; curator and writer Alison Kubler; fashion industry MD and senior board director Julie Ann Morrison; and custodian of The Darnell Collection Charlotte Smith.
Following the inaugural SCCI Fashion Hub in April, the first SCCI Architecture Hub will be presented in October 2018.
SCCI’s partners include Google Arts & Culture, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the Embassy of France in Australia and the Embassy of Japan.
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas Fashion + Architecture launches 5 — 21 April. Click here for the full program.