The Gum Leaf logo for ACEI2018 was designed by local Indigenous artist Mandy Nicholson. The Gum Leaf logo is imbued with cultural significance and meaning that relates to themes of welcome and shared history.
Mandy was born in 1975 and raised in Healesville and belongs to the Wurundjeri-willam (Woiwurrung language) clan of the Kulin Nation. Mandy has practised visual art since 1994 and studied Koorie art and design at RMIT University and Monash University.
Although primarily a painter, Mandy also produces ceramics, carvings, murals, prints, designs and children’s clothing. In addition to creating her own works, Mandy has also been a contributor to large-scale public artworks including the Manchester and Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Common Ground at Birrarung Marr and Kirrip Wurrung Biik through the Wyndham City Council. Mandy is one of the artists involved in the Gayip work located near the Sandridge Bridge in Melbournes Southbank precinct .
The stories behind Mandy’s designs revolve around nature, animals, stories of her people, personal experience and her two daughters, executed using the traditional motifs of her people blended with contemporary interpretation.
Mandy is also one of the performers in the Djirri Djirri Dance Group that will be performing at the conference dinner .
RMIT University has also commissioned Mandy to produce a painted work featuring the ACEI2018 conference design which will be proudly displayed during the conference for delegates to admire.