SCCI Architecture & Fashion Hubs at The Design Museum

Date SCCI Fashion Hub: 28-30 October 2022
Location The Design Museum, London
Date SCCI Architecture Hub: 4-6 November 2022
Location The Design Museum, London

SCCI Architecture & Fashion Hubs at The Design Museum

Presented by SCCI: Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas at the Design Museum

From one of Australia’s foremost cultural philanthropists and advocates for contemporary design, Dr Gene Sherman AM, The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) reshapes your understanding of Fashion and Architecture as forms of cultural expression. The SCCI Fashion and Architecture Hubs take the form of international, deliberately intimate, high-impact live speaking events presented by a lineup of leading Australian thinkers in Fashion, Architecture and other disciplines of cultural, business, creative and humanitarian activity.

Presented at the Design Museum in Kensington the SCCI Fashion Hub (28-30 Oct 2022) and SCCI Architecture Hub (4-6 Nov 2022) connect these areas of design to conversations enriching the worlds of art, activism, film, philanthropy, publishing, diplomacy, commerce, speculative futures … and more. The two weekends will feature leading creative voices from the Australian fashion industry, architecture, design and the applied arts and showcase some of the most interesting talent and ideas from the Oceanic region.

SCCI x the Design Museum Fashion Hub
Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October

Body architect, artist and futurist Lucy McRae will open the Fashion Hub Weekend with a keynote address on the future of human existence, the limits of the body, beauty, biotech and fashioning the future self.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Fashion Hub will discuss how cultural organisations are using fashion to reimagine museum experiences, reflect on circular and sustainable fashion, immigration and identity, fashion’s political potential in the new world order, the relationship between art and fashion, and more.

The Hon. Julie Bishop, Australia’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party, will present the closing keynote address on the political and diplomatic potential of Australian fashion.

SCCI x the Design Museum Architecture Hub
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November

Professor and author Cameron Bruhn will open the Architecture Hub Weekend with a keynote address on Australia’s transformation into an architectural destination over the past twenty years.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Architecture Hub will explore the renewal of historic sites, how remote areas have become the backbone of Australian infrastructural development, discuss how architects can shape social change and embrace experimental work in extreme climates and regions, and more.

Architect John McAslan will present the final keynote for SCCI Architecture Hub, exploring his firm’s work regenerating Sydney Central – the largest transport infrastructure program in Australia.

Images: TJ Cowlishaw & Grace Lillian Lee, Vogue Australia May 2022_Photo by Jess Ruby James; Lucy McRae, Solitary Survival Raft, Photo by Ariel Fisher; and Koichi Takada Architects, Norfolk, photo by Scott Burrow.

The Speakers

  • SCCI x the Design Museum Fashion Hub

    The Honourable Julie Bishop – Chancellor of the Australian National University and former Deputy Leader of the Australian Liberal Party and Minister for Foreign Affairs
    Teagan Cowlishaw – founder of the sustainable label AARLI
    Philip Fimmano – trend analyst, design curator and writer
    Courtney Holm – founder of fashion sustainable label A.BCH
    Florence Jaukae Kamel – founder of Bilum Festival and Goroka Bilum Weavers
    Grace Lilian Lee – artist and designer founder of First Nations Fashion & Design
    Matthew Linde – fashion curator and researcher
    Lucy McRae – world-renowned body architect, artist and futurist
    Dolla Merrillees – writer, curator, and cultural producer
    Timothy Nicol-Ford and Katie-Louise Nicol-Ford – Founders of the fashion label Nicol & Ford
    Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran – interdisciplinary artist
    Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales – founders of the fashion label Romance Was Bor
    Clare Press – journalist, filmmaker, author and presenter
    Alex Seton – artist and sculptor
    Caroline Sherman – advocate for the women bilum weavers of Papua New Guinea and founder of Among Equals
    Dr Gene Sherman – SCCI Founder
    Michaela Stark – counter-couturier and artist

    SCCI x the Design Museum Architecture Hub

    Professor Cameron Bruhn – author of ‘MMXX: Two Decades Of Architecture In Australia’
    Andrew Burns – architect founder of Andrew Burns Architecture
    Don Cameron – director, designer and artist
    Kevin Carmody – professor and architect founder of Carmody Groarke
    Mark Jacques – urban designer, landscape architect founder of Openwork and Professor at RMIT University
    Nikos Kalogeropoulos – director and co-owner of Molonglo Group
    David Kaunitz – architect co-founder of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture
    John McAslan – British architect
    Dolla Merrillees – writer, curator and cultural producer
    Brodie Neill – designer
    Phillip Nielsen – architect co-Director of Regional Design Service
    Phillip Rossington – architect and principal for BVN
    William Smart – creative director founder of Smart Design Studio
    Koichi Takada – architect, Koichi Takada Architects
    Ninotschka Titchkosky – architect and Co-CEO of BVN
    Stephen Todd – editor of the Australian Financial Review, design director and founder of magazine Numéro
    Isabelle Toland – architect co-founder of Aileen Sage Architects
    Ka Wai Yeung – architect co-founder of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture

About the Collaborators

  • The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), established by Sydney philanthropist Dr Gene Sherman AM as a not-for-profit foundation, is principally funded by the Sherman family. SCCI’s Hub programming aims to positively impact Fashion and Architecture, extending the typical reach of these topics by linking them with other forms of cultural expression. The Hub series evolved from the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (2008–2017) and Sherman Galleries (1986–2007).

    SCCI launched its inaugural Fashion and Architecture Hubs in 2018, returning with sought-after programmes in 2019. In 2020, the SCCI Cinéphile Hub produced 20 digital documentary films in place of the traditional live events. In 2021, the Foundation launched SCCI Stepping Stones, a Fashion- and Architecture-focused youth programme for school and tertiary students. Since inception in 2018, SCCI has received generous support from educational institutions including University of Newcastle, Western Sydney University, University of Queensland, Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and University of Technology Sydney; government bodies, including the City of Sydney;  culturally-engaged organisations, including the Molonglo Group, the Nelson Meers Foundation, BVN Architecture and The Old Clare Hotel. Philanthropic individuals both within Australia and internationally privately support the Foundation via the SCCI Patrons+ Circle.

    The Design Museum is devoted to contemporary design in every form, from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design. Founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran, the museum is the place in the UK where the design industry, education and the public come together to change the way people think about themselves and the future. The museum relocated to a spectacular modern landmark in Kensington in 2016, where it has welcomed over 2 million visitors since reopening and was awarded European Museum of the Year 2018. Its collection, publishing, events, exhibitions, learning and digital programmes invite everyone to experience and reflect on the impact of design.