As part of The Arts Collective’s Artist’s Insights series of talks, Alice Pung & Sher Rill Ng will speak at the Museum of Chinese Australian History on Sunday, 27th November from 2-3pm.

Alice Pung, writer and editor, is the renowned author of several books, such as the memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006) and Her Father's Daughter (2011), and the novel Laurinda (2014). In her seminal work Unpolished Gem, Alice tells the story of her early life in 1980s Footscray giving us an irreverent insight into the Australian Dream. Her works have won several awards including the Australian Newcomer of the Year award (Unpolished Gem, 2007) and the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature (Laurinda, 2016). Laurinda will even be adapted for the stage by the Melbourne Theatre company.

Ms. Pung studied law at Melbourne University and went on to become a practicing lawyer and is a regular writer for The Monthly. She is also an Artist in Residence at both Janet Clarke Hall and the University of Melbourne.

Alice Pung

Sher Rill Ng is a passionate self-taught artist whose illustrated works include Be Careful, Xiao Xin! (Alice Pung, 2022), The Night of the Hiding Moon (Emma Allen, 2020) and her own piece Our Little Inventor (2019). Ms. Ng was first inspired to draw at age 9 by a fellow classmate and has since gone on to inspire many more artists-to-be with her unique style.

Ms. Ng graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Design from RMIT and works as a mobile UX/UI designer. Taking part in the Imaginism House Workshop in Canada in 2016, she has learned from some of the most accomplished artists in the industry. Her art has featured in the Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles and the Light Grey Art Lab in Minnesota.

Together Sher Rill Ng and Alice Pung intend to release a graphic novel in the not-too-distant future. At our special presentation they will talk about their experiences as creatives, their artistic and professional journeys, as well as the way their heritage, culture and identity have shaped their works.

Sher Rill Ng

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