Public Presentations | Nur Shkembi


Exhibition launch and discussion panel ‘On Reflection: Art and Anxiety’
Saturday 23 September 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Join academic and Walkley Award winning artist Safdar Ahmed in a curator led discussion with a stellar line up of artists and writers as they creatively and intelligently explore notions of anxiety in relation to the current exhibition. This intriguing panel conversation is followed by an open audience Q&A. Moderator: Dr Safdar Ahmed.The panel includes award winning artists Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi and Idil Abdullahi; along with writer and top ten ‘deadly’ blogger Eugenia Flynn and Melbourne based independent curator and writer Nur Shkembi.


Exhibition launch and discussion panel ‘Anxiety and Islam’
Thursday 21 September 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Join academic and Walkley Award winning artist Safdar Ahmed in conversation with the exhibition artists, writers and curators for a topical discussion on the intersectionality between race, identity and anxiety. With the growing public debates about Australian Muslims this timely discussion explores a less known and culturally specific form of anxiety. This much anticipated and thought-provoking panel will be followed by an audience Q&A. Moderator: Dr Safdar Ahmed. The panel includes award winning artists Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi and Idil Abdullahi; along with writer and top ten ‘deadly’ blogger Eugenia Flynn and Melbourne based independent curator and writer Nur Shkembi.

Waqt Al Tagheer panel discussion and publication launch

ACE Open, Adelaide
Sunday 4th March 2018

Join eleven collective curators and writers Safdar Ahmed, Nur Shkembi, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Hoda Afshar and Eugenia Flynn for a conversation examining the central themes presented in Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change. Facilitated by Safdar Ahmed, the panelists will discuss how the themes of identity, time and lived experience influence their work in the exhibition, and how the collective aims to channel the dynamism and complexity of contemporary Muslim Australian life through art and creative practice.

This panel discussion will mark the official launch of the exhibition publication and will be introduced by Liz Nowell, CEO of ACE Open.

In Conversation with Nur Shkembi

Futures Week at The University of Melbourne
Faculty of Arts – Tuesday 10th April 2018

Art, Identity and the Everyday Business of Changing the World

UNSW Galleries
Thursday 3rd May 2018

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (Artist, Enough خلاص Khalas)
Hoda Afshar (Artist, Enough خلاص Khalas)
Hetti Perkins (Co-Curator, Ritual Intimacy)
Nur Shkembi (Co-Curator, Enough خلاص Khalas)
Christian Thompson (Artist, Ritual Intimacy)
Moderator: Eugenia Flynn (Artist, Enough خلاص Khalas)

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

You See Monsters @ ACMI
Sunday 6th May 2018

Presenting the best films and artwork from around the world, Melbourne’s annual Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life. Q&A featuring Abdul Abdullah, Nur Shkembi and Director Tony Jackson. Moderator: Franco Chiero – Development and Investment Manager, Film Victoria.

DOCSOCIAL – Documentary Australia Foundation

You See Monsters @ The Jam Factory
Wednesday 16th May 2018

This is a special screening of the Artsville documentary, You See Monsters, which explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are asserting their own agency and fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with satire, imagination and irreverence.
Q&A featuring Kauther Abdulalim, Nur Shkembi and Director Tony Jackson. Moderator: Katie Barry – Impact Director at Documentary Australia Foundation

Foundling Archive

Migration Nation: Art & Politics of Difference
Wednesday 21st September @ 7.00pm

Join us at the Foundling Archive as we explore the politics of representation and representation of politics

Panellists: Dr Leslie Morgan, Steven Rhalls, Nur Shkembi, Daniella Trimboli and Dr Sara Wills
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‘Ilm: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam

Fifth international conference organised by CAMEA (Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture) from 20-23 July 2016 at The University of Adelaide leading academics, artists, curators, and professionals will discuss the role of knowledge (‘ilm in Arabic) in Islam. Special events including an exhibition of Islamic Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, sponsored panel discussion on Arabic Manuscripts, and book launch will round out the program of speakers. Ilm Conference: Science, Art and Religion.

Category – Ilm as art – Nur Shkembi – Curator and writer. PhD candidate, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Home and Art Prize 2016

Walker Street Gallery – Curator David O’Halloran
Judges Nur Shkembi and Gosia Wlodarzcak

Nur and Gosia were invited to judge the inaugural Home and Art Prize 2016. The Home and Art Prize was established to recognise emerging and professional artists from refugee backgrounds nationwide. The winner was announced at the opening night event among the artists, guests, politicians, local dignitaries and Home and Art Prize ambassador, comedian Judith Lucy.

Casting off the Cultural Straight Jacket: Art and Multiculturalism Today

M Pavilion 
Wednesday 2nd December, 2015

Featuring: Nikos Papastergiadis, director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, University of Melbourne; Moya McFadzean, senior curator of migration and cultural diversity in the humanities department at Museum Victoria; Nur Shkembi, Muslim artist and curator; Nicholas Tsoutas, independent curator and writer; Frank Panucci is executive director of grants at the Australia Council for the Arts; and Ghassan Hage, Lebanese-Australian academic.

This talk is presented by the Research Unit for Public Cultures, the University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communication and the Minor Culture Conference.

M Pavilion:

Pop Islam – Islam, Contemporary Art and Cinema

APT8, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane

Saturday 21st November, 2015
Convener Jose DaSilva (Senior Curator GoMA)
Featuring: Abdul Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi and Nur Shkembi

Freeplay 2015

Jam: Public Talk – Culture and Multiplicity

The Channel – Hamer Hall – The Arts Centre – Melbourne
Friday 10th April, 2015

Art & Freedom of Expression in the Age of Terror

RMIT Design Hub Lecture Theatre
Wednesday, 18th March 2015, 6:30pm

Panel discussion featuring speakers: Justin Clemens, Sary Zananiri, Nur Shkembi and Lizzie O’Shea, as part of the public program for the exhibition The Remote Controlled Terrorist Coffin curated by Grace McQuilten at RMIT Project Space / Spare Room.


Longing and Belonging: Culture as a vehicle to develop a socially functional identity in communities

Victorian College of the Arts – University of Melbourne – Federation Hall
Tuesday 25th November, 2014

A group of expert panellists has been gathered to provide the audience an understanding of the basic principles of social cohesion and cultural integration, and why it is important for minorities to embrace them. Featuring Telmo Languiller, Irene Bouza, Andrew Markus, Marnie Badham, Jill Morgan and Nur Shkembi

Art without Borders: Freedom of Expression

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

Presented By NAVA and Arts Law
Wednesday 16th October, 2013

ABC Radio National’s Damien Carrick in conversation with guest speakers:

  • Nur Shkembi, Artist and Art Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia
  • Elvis Richardson, Artist and contributor to CoUNTess
  • Robert Nelson, Associate Professor, Associate Director Student Experience at Monash University and Art Critic for The Age
  • Robyn Ayres, Executive Director of Arts Law, and
  • Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director of NAVA.

Blake Prize – Touring Exhibition

  • “Arts as Conversation” March 17th, 2013
  • “Arts as Conversation” April 2, 2012
  • “Arts as Conversation” March-April 2011

Opening speaker alongside The Hon Andrew Wilkie MP
Imaginal Worlds, Hobart. October, 2012.

Racism: Can We Talk? Immigration Museum – guest speaker, August 2012

Humans Rights Forum – Guest speaker – Moreland City Council – July 2012

WeR1 National Gallery of Victoria youth access program. Workshop Presentation of Contemporary
Australian Muslim Art, HGLC, March 2011

Nu Yishu- Series V: Viriditas: a cultural exchange involving women artists from Melbourne and China Manningham Gallery, March 2011
Guest speaker/public forum: Cultural Differences and a Vision for Unity in Australia

Keynote speaker alongside The Hon Andrew Wilkie MP
Imaginal Worlds, Hobart. October, 2010.

UN International Day of Peace, Dalai Lama’s Gyoto Monks and David Jones (percussionist) performance. Melbourne. October, 2010

WeR 1 – National Gallery of Victoria youth access program. Youth workshop (Poetry and the power of words) National Gallery of Victoria September, 2010

Keynote speaker Song of Songs (book) Uniting Arts Toorak, July, 2010

Multicultural Policy and Action Plan Think Tank Moreland City Council, April 2010

Guest Speaker: Creativity and the Spiritual Path
International Forum, Sydney, November 2009

Key note speaker (published) – Irfanspace Uniting Arts Toorak, October 2008

Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World – Curator HRH Princess Widjan Ali of Jordan (from the permanent collection of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.) SPAN Galleries Melbourne 2007

Floor Talk/ Essay (published) – Contemporary Australian Islamic Art – A woman’s perspective SPAN Galleries Melbourne, October 2007

Panel Discussion/presentation – Shepparton Art Gallery, January 2008
Exhibition and Shepparton Art Gallery presentation reviewed Art Monthly Australia #208, April 2008