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Nadeena Dixon

Nadeena Dixon is a Wiradjuri, Yuin and Gadigal (Dharug -Boorongberigal clan) multi-disciplinary artist incorporating textiles, short video, photography and animation.

Recognised as a master weaving practitioner within Indigenous Australian textile traditions, Nadeena Dixon has a strong focus on creating fibre sculpture works, incorporating object making within Indigenous symbology reflecting Indigenous knowledge.

She has an extensive background as a specialist Indigenous cultural practitioner, teacher and program producer, working within Indigenous key educational bodies and Australian cultural organisations to develop core Indigenous arts and cultural program outcomes. In 2016 Nadeena founded Murra Murra (make – do – create) an independent Indigenous arts and cultural company with a passion for empowering all Australians with the opportunity to connect with Indigenous peoples, Cultures and Arts Practices.

Nadeena has a postgraduate degree in Indigenous Arts Management at VCA University of Melbourne, Diploma Multi-Platform Production (interactive technology), and this year completed a Masters in Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design. She recently received an Australian Design Honours from the Australian Design Centre and is currently showing as part of the Boomalli Biennale until 22 October 2017.

Nadeena’s cultural practices also include dance, song, language, song-writing, contemporary theatre storytelling and contemporary ceremony. She began working as a professional musician in 1992 after attending Adelaide University Indigenous Music Centre (C.A.S.M) Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music. She is widely known and recognised for her track ‘Aboriginal Land’. Nadeena maintained a career spanning over 15 years and in 2012 was awarded the Yabun Indigenous Artist of the year award ‘for her contribution to the Indigenous Music Industry’.

In this video, Nadeena chats to NAVA about the power of art to bring people together.

Video Production by Dominic Kirkwood.

Photo by Lucy Parakhina.

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