Fashion designer Bobby Campbell Luke (Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki descent) is the guest speaker for our first Monica Brewster Evening of 2020

Fashion designer Bobby Campbell Luke (Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki descent) is the guest speaker for our first Monica Brewster Evening of 2020

Bobby Campbell Luke: Ngakau Mahaki - Walking my mothers Footsteps

Monica Brewster Evening | Fashion + Talk
  • Tues 11 August 2020
  • Gallery 5 & 6
  • 6 - 8pm
  • Students with ID free
  • Friends $10 | General $15
  • Refreshments provided | All welcome
  • Booking essential

*Due to popular demand, we now have more tickets available for this event.

In this first talk of the Monica Brewster Evenings for 2020, fashion designer Bobby Campbell Luke (Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki descent) will speak about his design and art processes that explore Māori identity, culture and history as well as share the deeply personal narratives behind his work.

There will also be a chance to mix and mingle before the talk begins, and view a few of Bobby's designs under Sky Snakes.

An interdisciplinary practitioner with a background in fashion, textile, photography and moving image. Bobby Luke is currently in the final year of his PhD, advocating for change to current social impacts of culture within fashion and fashion education.

With a strong matriarchal upbringing Bobby strives to decolonise fashion aesthetics, to empower women’s individuality and inspire creativity through sentimental design and articles of our past.

He conceived his brand Campbell Luke in 2015. His partner Dominic Blake (Ngāti Kahungunu) subsequently joined the label and together, their highly collaborative partnership provides a strong kaupapa Māori work ethic.

Bobby's collections are inspired by combining his fond early childhood memories with his unique design aesthetic. His appearance at New Zealand Fashion Week was described by many as the most moving show in 2019.


Monica Brewster Evenings: 2020 Programme

The Monica Brewster Evenings (MBE) in association with Govett Quilliam – The Lawyers bring an impressive array of national and international artists and cultural thinkers to New Plymouth. For a different kind of night out, join us for talks, presentations and performances in a casual and intimate atmosphere.

The Govett-Brewster’s 2020 line-up brings together speakers working across a range of disciplines. They are at the forefront of urgent conversations locally, nationally and internationally and leaders within their respective fields, all pushing for new and innovative approaches to engaging with art and culture - often with a deep attentiveness to the specificities of place, and a focus on Indigenous histories and ways of knowing. 

The 2020 programme reflects the Gallery’s commitment to supporting considered and forward-thinking approaches to the contemporary challenges felt across Taranaki, Aotearoa and the wider Pacific region and has been designed to facilitate extended, interdisciplinary conversations.

2020 Programme dates: 

Tue 11 August: Bobby Campbell Luke

Tue 8 September

Tue 13 October

Tue 10 November

Event Info

Govett Quilliam - The Lawyers