Tell us about yourself?
Hi! I am Kaylah! I’m a Meerooni woman of the Gurang nation with ties, also, to the Ngugi people of the Quandamooka region. I have just returned to my beloved home town after a short stint of music making in Melbourne and am so excited to be working with kuril dhagun again.
I have worked with the team since the kuril dhagun space opened 10 years ago and worked on some great projects , including 2006 Summer Reading Club where I was Croak the hip-hop frog, Mz Murri Klaus for Murri Christmas 2015, I performed spoken word poetry at Bl.Ink, I was MC and guest speaker for a Night by the Fire, and curated the Logan State of Mind exhibition, just to name a few.
What will you be doing at SLQ?
As the Community Engagement Officer, I will be assisting 2 days a week with events and exhibitions and a range of creative projects. I will also be the face that you will see at many community events starting with the upcoming Book Launch from Aunty Ruth Hegarty this coming Saturday. This short term contract will bring us into the new year when the team will appoint a new permanent member to the team.
What work did you do previously?
In 2010, I completed a Diploma in Performing Arts at ACPA, under the direction of Leah Purcell. I then went on to be a self-managed artist which saw me partner with a variety of organisations to entertain, educate and mentor in many communities across the country and in New York, USA. It has been an absolute pleasure to gain 10 years’ experience in community work specialising in youth and student support services whilst travelling to some amazing locations.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am a creative by nature so my time is filled with song writing and recording which then blossoms into directing and starring in my own music videos, followed by doing all things necessary to distribute my product independently. I make it a priority to pass these skills onto the next generation of musicians so if I’m not working on my own project I am usually with a group of emerging rappers somewhere in Australia.
If I happen to have real spare time, I will be on a surfboard off the East Coast or ‘studying’ scriptwriting via a terrible teen drama or romantic comedy on Netflix.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by other people chasing their dreams and the honesty in a conversation with a child/future leader.
What do you hope to get out of your time at SLQ?
I have no doubt that my time with kuril dhagun will be filled with celebrating culture and connecting with inspirational people.