ATONG ATEM is on display at 134 King Street until 01 October.
Don't miss our Closing Party! Join us for an afternoon celebrating local African women and creatives in our community, bridging diverse African cultures and generations. Featuring a fashion show with bespoke label ÆGLE Couture, a book launch with local mother-daughter duo Jackie and Nuru Gunter, and Sydney-based DJ GNGR behind the decks.
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ATONG ATEM is presented by Newcastle Art Gallery for New Annual 2023.
2:00pm | Introduction to the artists
2:30pm | Book reading by Nuru Gunter
3:00pm | Fashion show
DJ GNGR behind the decks all afternoon.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
ÆGLE Couture is a dynamic fashion brand that is proudly African, birthed in Australia. Vibrant traditional prints and contemporary designs blend together perfectly to make each piece of clothing exquisitely unique. ÆGLE Couture celebrates confident individuality, identity, harmony and heritage.
ÆGLE Couture was founded by Martha Ngoyi, an entrepreneur of Congolese background. She grew up in Newcastle and is currently working in the public sector while running her business with three other young African women. There’s a beautiful dynamic in the team because everyone is creative, entrepreneurial and switched on, so great ideas are always flowing. It’s a delight to bridge the cultural gap for much of the African diaspora and the wider population who appreciate African culture.
DJ GNGR, also known as Abekan, is a Sydney-based DJ and afternoon radio show host at Bondi Radio, with a weekly Afrobeats show, 'Get Gingered'. GNGR moved to the coastal city of Newcastle at a young age, where she explored jazz, folk, indie-rock, hip-hop, soul and reggae music through performances in local bands. A high-energy DJ with an infectious, bubbly nature to keep you on the dance floor, GNGR is one of the key players in the growing Afrobeats scene, with a residency at "The Box", Australia's leading Afrobeats nights.
Jackie and Nuru Gunter
Jackie Gunter is a Newcastle-based published author with a love of African history and dedication to education. A mother of three girls, Jackie had a keen interest in the historical stories of the women of Africa and is drawn to share these incredible stories with her children. African Queens was born from this desire, and her 10-year old daughter Nuru took on the challenge of drawing these remarkable women.
Nuru Gunter has always loved to draw and create art, and uses her surroundings as a constant source of inspiration. Throughout the project, Nuru has used acrylic paint, watercolours and coloured pencils, and hopes her illustrations can bring others joy and inspiration.
Hero image: Courtesy DJ GNGR
Images: Courtesy the artists