The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) announces a second and final modification to the recently updated Australia-focussed Fashion Hub for 2020. With international speaker participation postponed on Friday 6 March, Dr Gene Sherman AM and the expert SCCI team have created a format best suited to the now confirmed global pandemic of the Covid-19.
SCCI Fashion Hub 2020 will take the form of an all-access, at-your-fingertips digital newswire of fashion content.
In tandem with SCCI's university, government and supporting partners, the Foundation will offer Australia's cultural, creative and fashion leaders a platform on the world stage. Via the Foundation's ongoing partnership with Google Arts & Culture – and harnessing cutting-edge technology – designers, makers, writers, authors, academics, theorists, gallerists, curators, museum leaders, activists and philanthropists will share key elements of our country's fashion knowledge with the world.
SCCI's Founder, Dr Gene Sherman AM, shares her personal reasoning for this second change in plan:
"As many people know, my husband Brian Sherman AM, suffers from Parkinson's disease. His health is frail, placing him at very high risk should he contract coronavirus. A number of SCCI's speakers, audience members, staff and supporters could well fall within at-risk categories. SCCI will now take advantage of current technology, broadcasting our 2020 Fashion Hub as a rich content, Australia-focussed, visually compelling virtual symposium. Instead of welcoming 1,500 people to SCCI, we will be bringing SCCI to you – making our 35-plus Australian fashion and culture experts both locally and globally accessible."
When world health improves, SCCI's postponed international keynote guests Daniel Lismore (UK), Hed Mayner (IL), Lucy Tammam (UK), Diane Venet (FR), Akiko Fukai (JN) and Masataka Hosoo (JN) will be reintegrated into future programming.
The conversation between Tate Modern Director Frances Morris and Dr Gene Sherman AM will be broadcast rather than presented live.
In short: SCCI's Australia-focused Fashion Hub 2020 will now be broadcast digitally throughout April. The events will not be open to on-site audiences. All tickets for postponed / cancelled events have been reimbursed and audiences notified.
Virtual Hub Coming Soon - https://www.scci.org.au/