Image courtesy of Lisa Waup

Willie Weston and Lisa Waup | A Case for Materiality Past Event

Presented by Willie Weston and Agency Projects


Thu 23 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 24 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 25 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 25 May 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lisa Waup in conversation with Hannah Presley
Sun 26 May 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mon 27 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tue 28 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 29 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 30 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 31 May 10:00am - 4:00pm


Free, No Booking Required


Agency Projects
47 Easey St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia


Accessible bathroom, All gender bathroom, Assistance animals welcome, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

Willie Weston and mixed-cultural First Nations artist and curator Lisa Waup present an installation at Agency Projects, showcasing the diverse opportunities and outcomes afforded by embracing materiality through collaboration. Born in Naarm (Melbourne), with Gunditjmara (VIC), Torres Strait Islander (QLD) and Italian heritage, Waup’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses weaving, experimental printmaking, photography, sculpture, fashion, and digital art. With a deep connection to the symbolic power of materials, her work reflects her personal experiences, family history, Country, and broader historical narratives.

In recent years the architecture and design sector has begun to embrace and foreground the perspectives and knowledge of First Peoples within our built environments. Since its inception in 2015, Willie Weston, a profit-for-purpose business working with First Nations artists to create products for interiors, has championed the translation of First Nations art and design onto a range of materials for use in interiors. Through long-term partnerships with artists to create textiles, wallcoverings and other products, and through strategic collaborations with like-minded brands, Willie Weston has built a reputation for sophisticated and sensitive translations of First Nations artworks and ethical remuneration models for artists.

For their latest collection, Willie Weston has translated three of Waup’s bold, contemporary artworks, and presents them here across a range of a range of interior surfaces: upholstery fabrics on furniture by Zenith Interiors, acoustic panelling through Autex Acoustics. The centrepiece, an original artwork by Lisa Waup – contextualises the design products and invites dialogue around Waup’s dynamic, diverse, and collaborative creative practice.

Willie Weston is run by two non-Indigenous women, Jessica Booth and Laetitia Prunetti. Their ambition is to celebrate the diversity of contemporary First Nations art practice and support its integration into our built environments. Agency Projects is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to celebrate First Nations culture through the facilitation of exhibitions, events, publications, residencies and experiences for audiences in Australia and abroad.

On Saturday, 25th May at 2pm, Willie Weston and Agency Projects co-present a conversation between Lisa Waup and First Nations curator Hannah Presley. This event is presented on the lands of the Wurundjeri- Woi wurrung people by Willie Weston and Agency Projects, with support from Autex Acoustics, and Zenith Interiors.


Lisa Waup

Lisa Waup is a mixed-cultural First Nations artist and curator, born in Naarm (Melbourne), with Gunditjmara (VIC), Torres Strait Islander (QLD) and Italian heritage. Waup’s multidisciplinary practice spans weaving, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fashion, and digital art. With a deep connection to the symbolic power of materials, she explores the importance of tracing lost histories and ancestral relationships, and broader narratives relating to Country, motherhood, history, and time.

Hannah Presley

Hannah Presley is the Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at the University of Melbourne. From 2019-2021 Presley was curator of Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Previous to this role, she was the inaugural Yalingwa curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art where she curated ‘A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness’, and the First Nations Assistant Curator for Tracey Moffatt at the 57th Venice Biennale, working alongside curator Natalie King. Presley has worked in curatorial roles with the Koorie Heritage Trust, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Craft Victoria, also initiating and coordinating the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Project.

Presley’s curatorial practice focuses on the development of creative projects with Aboriginal artists. She works closely with artists, learning about the techniques, history and community that inform their making to help guide her curatorial process, and drawing on inspiration from her early roles working at Warumpi Arts, with Papunya Community, Iltja Ntjarra, Many Hands and other Central Australian Art Centres.

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