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The Nakkiah Lui Room

Award-winning playwright, magazine columnist (Australian Women’s Weekly), actor, producer, and broadcaster, Gamilaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman Nakkiah Lui is a luminary of the Australian arts and political writing scene.

Lui wrote and starred in in the ABC comedy Kiki and Kitty and was also a co-writer and star of Black Comedy. Her podcast with bestie and TV star Miranda Tapsell, Pretty for an Aboriginal, aimed at young women of colour and their allies, “who would rather talk about ambition, success and making it to the top than the issues traditionally linked to their race or gender”, quickly reached the Top 10 on Apple’s iTunes rankings in 2017.

Nakkiah’s room is an homage to a kickass feminist and her connection to culture. Be sure to check out the glitter Aboriginal heart flag generously donated by young Indigenous jewellery designer Kristy Dickinson from Haus of Dizzy, there is a smaller heart in the lobby but in Nakkiah’s room is where you will find the big love!

Bluethumb Artwork For Sale

All of the artworks that Bluethumb has supplied will be for sale in the hotel. Any guests wishing to further support the YWCA can simply scan the QR codes on the artwork’s label and easily “add to cart”. A percentage of proceeds from each sale will go towards the incredible work that the YWCA does for women, children, young people and the community.

Be forgiving artwork
Ash King is an art school dropout who sings rock & roll and works in a bookshop. She is inspired by the strength and sensuality of the female body and loves working with bold line‚ delicate colour and black and white imagery. Ash loves to bring to life the beauty of women in their most powerful‚ vulnerable states‚ using subjects that excite and inspire.

Featured Artwork

Martina Martian is an Australian designer specialising in graphic design and illustration for web, print, fashion and products. She is sought after for her recognisable use of bright colours and unique 90’s inspired style, which often explores themes of female empowerment and positivity. You can also spot a huge Martina Martian graphic installation on our 4th floor lift lobby, if you find it, snap and tag YWCA and Martina!Keep on Killin’ it and GRL PWR prints were nod’s to Lui’s ground-breaking podcast with friend Miranda Tapsell “Pretty for an Aboriginal”.

To check out more of Martina’s work visit her online store!

Lauren Nicholson is an illustrator who lives in Melbourne. She uses traditional techniques, experimental mark making and digital media to create layered imagery that is influenced by the power of colour, personal journeys, printed matter, memory and old storiesIf you would like your own Lauren Nicholson on your wall at home please visit her online store

Haus Of Dizzy

Kristy Dickinson is the woman behind Australian-based jewellery label Haus of Dizzy. Indigenous creator and role model Dickinson specializes in hand-cutting bold, statement acrylic earrings. Her jewellery making empowers her and allows her to convey political messages. Kristy designed, made by hand and donated the huge glitter Aboriginal flag heart welcoming you into Nakkiah’s room as well as the smaller heart flag you may have spotted in the lobby especially for this project, they have to be seen to be believed! To check out more of Haus Of Dizzy’s work and order some custom earrings visit her online store


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