Introducing Freja Carmichael

We are very happy to introduce the newest member of the kuril dhagun team! Freja Carmichael will be working two days a week and assisting with exhibition research.

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Tell us about yourself

Hey I’m Freja! I’m a curator and arts worker with strong family connections to Minjerriba, Quandamooka country. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on different exhibitions projects and am very excited to be joining the kuril dhagun team as curator of an exciting cultural revitalisation project.

What your will be doing at SLQ? 

This upcoming exhibition project is exploring Aboriginal traditions and histories of possum skin practices in South East Queensland. I will be working closely with local Aboriginal artists Carol McGregor and Glennys Briggs to bring this exhibition project to life.  A major part of the project is possum skin workshops which Carol and Glennys will be facilitating in Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane. They will be sharing their knowledge and skills to assist in strengthening artistic practices surrounding possum skins and contributing to the creation of collaborative works as part of the exhibition.

I will be researching possum skin traditions through SLQ collections, and also looking into collections and material externally. Initial research suggests there so much information to be uncovered, and gaps about what’s known between possum skin traditions and South East Queensland.

If you have a story or information to share I would love to hear from you! Please drop me a line or phone 3840 7418. Stay tuned for further updates, as there will be regular blogs about the progress of the research, workshops and exhibition.

Do you have any other jobs?

I also work part time at Redland Art Gallery where for the past year have been undertaking an Australia Council for the arts curatorial fellowship. I have been curating an Indigenous fibre art project bringing together local weavers, fibre artists and community groups. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to work and connect with many inspiring people as part of this project, and be involved in cultural development activities surrounding weaving and fibre practices such as Come together: women and textiles (Pacific Tides initiative). I am also part of the Pacific Tides festival crew, getting ready for the big celebrations!

What do you do in your spare time?

I love creating colourful inventions with food! I like being outside when I’m not inside, finding beautiful spots to take in. There is lots of arts happenings going on so that also keep me busy, I also love yoga especially after long days on the keyboard!

What inspires you?

All my surroundings… people… nature…my family!

What do you hope to get out of your time at SLQ?

I’m looking forward to working alongside an inspiring and passionate team at kuril dhagun that I can learn from, and share with along the way with this project. As well as learning so much through research, working with Carol and Glennys and helping to uncover stories surrounding possum skin traditions.