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In Conversation | Telly Tuita with Professor Jioji Ravulo

Saturday 16 March, 11am – 12.30pm
Campbelltown Arts Centre
Free, bookings required

Join artist Telly Tuita and Professor Jioji Ravulo for a conversation delving deep into Tuita’s practice. The conversation will consider the complexities of human and diasporic experience through Tuita’s own life story, captured in his current exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Tongpop’s Great Expectations.

Tuita and Ravulo will discuss Tuita’s unique visual language known as ‘Tongpop’, the way in which it reflects Tuita’s experience of living across multiple worlds and how others might connect with these coming-of-age experiences.

This talk will be Auslan interpreted

Telly Tuita was born in Tonga in 1980. He was deserted by his mother and father when he was a child. Tuita was passed around different villages in Tonga. At the age of nine, he was found by his grandfather who sent him to Minto to live with his father and stepmother. He attended Campbellfield Public School. At age 14, Tuita was abandoned by his stepmother. At age 16, Tuita was adopted by his uncle and aunt in Campbelltown and completed his Higher School Certificate at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School.

Tuita holds a Masters of Special Education from the University of Sydney (2011), Bachelor of Art Education, University of New South Wales (2004) and Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from Western Sydney University (2003). Solo exhibitions of Tuita’s work include Tongpop Fetish at Object Space, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and TongPop Nostalgia at Toi Moroki. Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch. Tuita has been included in group exhibitions such as Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2023), Ballarat, Australia; Whetūrangitia//Made As Stars, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Aotearoa (2022), SpaceYZ, Campbelltown Arts Centre (2021) and Saltwater/Interconnectivity at Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, Auckland (2020).

Professor Jioji Ravulo is the Professor and Chair of Social Work and Policy Studies in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. His research, writing and areas of interest include health and wellbeing, youth, diversity and inclusion, decoloniality and educational leadership. He has been involved and invited to author over 80 publications, including peer reviewed journal articles, scholarly book chapters, research reports, and opinion pieces. He is passionate about creating and implementing social work and educational research approaches that are engaging and engaged.

Nuanced with a genuine commitment to the dynamic inclusion of cultural diversity and its differences, Jioji is super keen to create collaborative spaces for students, community groups and services. He is involved in various community based research and co-design initiatives, including projects that support health literacies across equity groups, enhancing service delivery models for young people and their families, promoting the involvement of diversity in educational settings and supporting the meaningful inclusion of indigenous perspectives and practices. Jioji is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Social Sciences, The University of the South Pacific, supporting social work education, policy development and research across the region.

Located on Dharawal land, Campbelltown Arts Centre is proudly owned by the people of Campbelltown. A cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council, assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW. Campbelltown Arts Centre receives support from the Packer Family Foundation and the Neilson Foundation. This project has been supported by the Hazlett Family and Cameron Brae Group.

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