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Online event: Behind Vogue Australia's Betty Muffler cover

In September this year, for the first time in the title's 60-year history, an original work of art featured on the cover of Vogue Australia. The painting titled Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) was the work of Anangu (Aboriginal) Pitjantjatjara woman and spiritual healer Betty Muffler.

Subscribers can hear the story behind this unique cover with Edwina McCann, editor-in-chief, Vogue Australia, in conversation with the Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Nick Mitzevich, and Kelli Cole, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia.

This event is exclusive to subscribers of The Australian, Vogue VIPs and National Gallery of Australia Members.


Event details

  • Date: 8 December 2020
  • Time: 5:30PM – 6:15PM AEDT
  • Where: Virtual online event

Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said:  
The September cover looks and feels like no other. That is because in such hard times we wanted to offer you hope. In April, led by Anna Wintour, all of the editors of Vogue met virtually to discuss how we might work together to offer our readers a message of optimism. Therefore hope is the word that appears on each of Vogue’s 26 September issues published around the world in 2020. For Vogue Australia, looking to illustrate this word led us to the work of Betty Muffler. We worked closely with the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) to commission Betty, who is renowned as a great painter and one of the best Ngangkari (spiritual healers) in the Lands. When the world went into lockdown, Betty painted to heal herself, her people, and her Country.

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