Award-Winning Artist Paints School Friend for 2019 Archibald to raise awareness of Australian Women’s Homelessness

It’s been over three decades since they last saw one another, but this didn’t stop renowned Melbourne-based artist Adam Cusack from reaching out to his old school friend, Juliet Potter, via Facebook to ask her to be the subject of his portrait entry for Australia’s most eminent art competition, The Archibald Prize.

The result, his portrait ‘You Can’t Silence Her’, is both a testament to Cusack’s admiration for his old classmate in her efforts to raise awareness for the current epidemic of homeless Australian women through Potter’s charity The White Caravan Foundation; but also pays homage and appreciation to his own mother, a single parent of three.

Cusack and Potter, who both attended Cairns High School in Far North Queensland, had kept in touch through other friends and on Facebook, yet had not caught up in person until Adam sent her an unexpected message out of the blue, “Hey, I was thinking you would be a good subject for the Archibald portrait. I haven’t checked the deadline, but what do you think?”. To which Juliet replied, “I think you may have accidently sent this message to the wrong person”.

According to Juliet: “I didn’t realise Adam had been following my journey in any detail regarding the launch of The White Caravan Foundation, the statistics of women’s homelessness and of course my own experiences as a single parent. Within this, I’ve learned he has had his own experiences and is equally passionate about the issue. I was obviously very honoured to have Adam ask to paint a portrait of me as he is an incredible artist, and the only paintings I have of myself are my children’s very colourful early-childhood works of art!”

“I was not only super excited to catch up with him after so many years, but equally at the prospect of exploring the art world as a platform to raise community awareness about the extremely vital message of women’s homelessness. I didn’t know what to expect in the process of being painted, either, so I really found the entire odyssey of the artist fascinating and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was a big task for Adam to take on and the result is just beyond my imagination.”

“I wanted to work with Juliet as a subject because of her authenticity, she truly wants to bring about awareness and social change for homeless women. As a child, I saw first-hand how compromised a woman becomes when she has to escape a bad relationship, so I wanted to add my voice to her cause” said Adam

If Adam places in the competition, he will be donating proceeds of any winnings to The White Caravan Foundation.

Source: Archibald Prize

Calling all Students of Industrial Design - 2019 Design Award Entries open now

Are you currently a student studying the technical innovation and aesthetics to create beautiful functional products and you haven’t yet entered your stunning new furnishing design product or project then time is running out.

The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) are hosting the 2019 Awards for Australian Contemporary Emerging Design (ACE), this coming June. The ACE awards reflect the vision of the industry and are open to students, emerging designers and masters from all fields related to the furnishing industry. These NATIONAL ACE Design Awards represent a tremendous opportunity for all sectors of the furnishing industry to engage in a collaborative way to put the Australian Furnishing Industry on the global map – and help achieve the ultimate goal of Australian design in every room in the world!

The ACE awards are the highlight of the Furnishing Industry calendar and acknowledge excellence, encourage innovation and design within the industry and celebrate the success of the Australian furnishing sector.

Award categories have been consolidated for 2019 and continue to evolve to meet industry demand. The award categories are as follows:
• The Gold Medal Award
• The Cutting Edge Award
• Creative Vision Award
• Craftsman Award
• The People’s Choice Award

Nominations for the 2019 ACE Design Awards are NOW OPEN to members and non-members of the AFA in all states and territories of Australia. Entries close Friday, 12th April 2019. The winners will be announced in June 2019.

Source: Australasian Furnishing Association


Mulberry Australia has hosted a rooftop party with the “Anna Winter of Music” (Virgil Abloh), Benji B to celebrate the brands reinvigoration in market.

Held at the recently re-opened Old Clare Hotel Rooftop, guests partied to local support act, Eve Special, followed by an exclusive DJ set by Benji B.

Throughout the evening, pizzas were served in Mulberry branded packaging and bespoke cocktails were offered, including the ‘Mulberry Bramble’ nodding to the brands English heritage.

Source: Mulberry

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Heading to Australian Stadiums in February 2020!

The soaring success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing music biopic of all time, has proven that the love for Queen remains as strong as ever. Lifelong Australian fans and new converts will be thrilled with the news that Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with longtime frontman Adam Lambert on lead vocals and returning to Australia in February 2020 for 6 giant stadium shows with a brand-new, spectacular production.

Produced in Australia by TEG Dainty, the epic 6 date Rhapsody Tour is set to run from February 13 to February 29, 2020 with an all-new stadium concert experience, the tour dates are:

Thursday 13 February – Brisbane – Suncorp Stadium
Saturday 15 February – Sydney – ANZ Stadium
Wednesday 19 February – Melbourne – AAMI Park
Sunday 23 February – Perth – Optus Stadium
Wednesday 26 February – Adelaide – Adelaide Oval
Saturday 29 February – Gold Coast – Metricon Stadium

Announcing their Rhapsody Tour of Australia Roger Taylor said: “We are ready for Australia and raring to get back with our new show.”

Adam Lambert said: “We have a brand-new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to reveal the show to Australian fans!”

With Brian May adding: “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, Australia! “

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG-DAINTY said: “With the enormous success of the highest grossing music biopic of all time – Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen’s popularity in Australia is as huge as it gets, we can’t wait to bring Queen + Adam Lambert back to Australia with this brand new stadium production and watch them bring their iconic songs to life.”

The Rhapsody Tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

Tickets go on sale from on Monday 15 April with staggered on sale times from 10.30am AEST. A Telstra Thanks presale starts Wednesday 10 April, with staggered times from 9.30am AEST and is open until Friday 12 April. Go to for further details including local market times.

Source: Teg Dainty

The Juggle Book Launch at Champagne Bar at Sofitel, Darling Harbour

Steph Adams and Samantha Brett have celebrated the launch of their latest book, “The Juggle” over breakfast and bubbles in Sofitel Darling Harbour’s sparkling Champagne Bar.

Inviting many of their high-profile contributors and friends, these exceptional women came together to celebrate their unique but global stories of motherhood – juggling between work, life, travel, kids and everything in between.

Attendees included:

  • Steph Adams
  • Samantha Brett
  • Erika Heynatz
  • Laura Csortan
  • Sally Obermeder
  • Natalie Barr
  • Elle Halliwell
  • Zoe Marshall
  • Tahyna MacManus