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Photo Credit: Jamie Wdziekonski.


Painter + Comedian + Screenwriter

Founder of **Kiss My Art Collective

Based in London, United Kingdom 

Who is Aretha? ✨

Aretha made headlines following her speeches at both the 2017 and 2018 Invasion Day Protests in Melbourne.


The then Year 11 student, addressed an estimated 50,000 protesters in Melbourne on Invasion Day, calling for the date of the national holiday to be changed and fighting to make Indigenous Australian history education mainstream.


Her delivery and ideas led her to be elected as Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, the youngest ever person — and the first woman — to hold this position. 


Now a practising artist, comedian and screenwriter living in London, Aretha takes heavy influence from her time growing up in Melbourne's Western Suburbs. As well as her own identity as a queer, Blak, young person living in the confinements of an urban colony.  

In 2021 Aretha wrote her first subversive comedy short titled "HOW TO BE COOL IN MELBOURNE". Parodying the ideas, inner workings and social politics of Melbourne's underground art and cultural spaces. Aretha has also been a regular appearance at comedy clubs, performing her signature political and satirical stand up throughout Melbourne since 2020. 

"Humour is my weapon of resilience. I think Indigenous people have such a unique way of telling our stories through jokes and cracking each other up and it’s something that we really stand out in."

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In 2019 Aretha founded the **Kiss My Art Collective. 

This painting crew (made up of a close-knit group of friends), was made to champion young women and non-binary artists by providing jobs, work experience and a safe creative space on large scale public murals throughout Melbourne and Sydney.

**KISS MY ART has made large scale works for such culturally relevant and important spaces such as Footscray Station, The University of Melbourne, Bad Apples Studios, Collingwood Yards, Mabu Mabu, Flinders Street Station, La Mama Theatre and The Bearded Tit Redfern.

**KISS MY ART COLLECTIVE’S goal is to allow young women and femme folk to reclaim public spaces using street art, painting, drawing and mixed media, in an otherwise male-dominated area. The collective acknowledges that making public art is a powerful weapon to actively decolonise and reclaim environments within our settler-colonial and police state.

Artists within **KISS MY ART come from diverse backgrounds, however, the collective is overwhelmingly made up of young female Indigenous artists. Non-Indigenous members of the collective work alongside First Nations women as an active cultural exchange of traditions, histories and storytelling, in order to practice what intersectional feminism is and should be.

Aretha Brown is proud of the collective she has formed, stating “Each young person that has helped on my works is a talented and gifted artist with their own unique practices, so it’s exciting to have all of these young women help to create my works.”

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Photo Credits @sub_lation 2020.


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