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First Nations Design Day

With Annie-renae Winters

Fashion, Textiles and Design Workshop

Immerse yourself in a day-long workshop exploring the connections between creativity and First Nations principles, through an exploration of First Nations textile and fashion design, and a practical hand design and dyeing workshop.

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Workshop

"Indigenous fashion is the future of Australian fashion."
Grace Lillian Lee (Fashion Designer, Artist and Founder of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair)

A day of fashion, textiles and design

Join Sydney Opera House’s First Nations Creative Learning consultant Annie-renae Winters as through a practical workshop, she explores yarning circle and presentation, First Nations knowledge, and perspectives on textiles, sustainability and fashion design.

Over a day participants are taken on a guided experience looking at how First Nations textile design is guided by First Nations principles. You will explore the dynamic role of First Nations fashion design in telling a story, modern-day dreaming and the passing on of knowledge, by using the environment and its ecosystems, animals, plants and weather patterns to share stories.

Annie-renae and her co-facilitators, will provide a guided space to yarn about these concepts and learn more about the process and meaning behind First Nation art and design.

Deep dive into a presentation that explores some of the most exciting trends for Australian fashion, showcasing First Nations designers. The hands-on experience will look at natural dying techniques and First Nations plant print design based on Annie-renae’s current body of research with local plants and the use of this with fabrics.

You will join on a gathering walk through the Botanical Gardens and are encouraged to bring plant and other natural specimens from home and their garden to use in the workshop.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Meet the Artist...

More about Annie-renae Winters

Annie-renae Winters is a Kamilaroi woman who grew up on Wiradjuri/Gadigal land. She has worked in education within Sydney independent and public schools for over 10 years. She has run a not-for-profit design school focusing on Indigenous design incorporated into art education. Annie-renae has been a tutor/lecturer in the Indigenous health faculty in Western Sydney for two years and is now an Associate Lecturer at Sydney University in Indigenous health looking at social and emotional health and how art/design plays a role within public health for adults and children. Her current research area is looking at the strengths of Aboriginal culture and art within school-based programs for wellbeing. Annie-renae works as a consultant to NSW schools and runs various workshops within Sydney creating murals that represent Indigenous space in a contemporary way. She freelances as an artist and has designed this year 2021 Bandanna day design for Canteen.

As a practicing artist she uses this to connect with culture and stay grounded to Indigenous ways of being. Her goal as an artist is to be research based, connected to culture and working with community. 


Venue Information

The Centre for Creativity will adhere to a maximum capacity of 1 person per two square metres, in line with the current NSW Public Health Order. 

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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