Aretha Brown 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.
Aretha is a confident and experienced public speaker, appearing at many festivals including the All About Women Festival at the Sydney Opera House (2019), the Broadside Festival (2019), and The Melbourne Writers Festival (2019), and appearing on several national TV and radio programs in Australia.
She is also a regular MC at the iconic Australian Music Festival Meredith and has since spoken at the Tate Modern, London (2023) and the University of the Arts, London (2023) about her own youth activism. She was named by Vogue Australia (twice) in two additions as a rising voice for change and in 2021 and 2023.
An accomplished visual artist, she has exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria twice, with one of her artworks chosen as the billboard image promoting a 40-artist exhibition. Aretha has also exhibited at West Space Gallery, the Australian National University, and Melbourne University and has worked with clients as Bad Apples, Strawberry Festival, Pitch Festival, Greenpeace, Converse, Puma and Apple.
Since its inception **Kiss My Art has made over 65 murals and public artworks in Australia, The United States (NYC), Canada, Great Britain, India, East Timor, and Indonesia since 2019.
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.