This Colourful Life

For Wayde Clarke, life has been a beautiful and bumpy ride, but creating art has served as a grounding anchor throughout it all. A proud queer Birpai and Wiradjuri man living on Awabakal land in Newcastle, Wayde’s journey as an artist has unexpectedly gone from part time hobby to full time career. With legions of loyal fans lapping up his brilliantly bright creations, Wayde’s purpose runs higher than just decorating walls with his paintings – he plans to help people through art. Swell writer Odette Tonkin discovers that he’s
a man on a mission.

Weaving the Cultural Thread

Cherie Johnson is a proud Gamilaroi and Weilwum woman who calls Newcastle home. From dancer to artist, teacher to businesswoman, Cherie has worn many professional hats, but none more important than her current role as founder and managing director of her transformative company, Speaking In Colour.

Freakin’ fabulous

I’ve always thought that ‘fabulous’ is much less a word or a feeling but more a personality trait. The old saying goes; “Some people are born fabulous; some people achieve fabulousness and some have fabulousness thrust upon them.” Personally my fab quota is on the low-end of the scale but quite frankly, I’m happy to leave all of that to the professionals: professionals like – the ever fabulous Timberlina.

Healing Fires

Firesticks Alliance

Light white smoke swirls in the dusk air at Blacksmiths Beach, as a smoking ceremony is performed. This ceremony is part of an Indigenous-led initiative that is reviving the practice of cultural burns and offering an ancient approach to dealing with climate change.

Don’t say the C word

I’ve been swimming at Merewether Baths
during summer for almost thirty years.
But when the days become shorter
and the temperature starts getting a
little cooler, I stop using the baths.
This is the time of year that a brave
group of swimmers known as the Merewether Mackerels begin their weekly ritual; one that was started close to fifty years ago

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