The Arts Lounge Exhibition - Simone Thomson & Jessica Harris


'Woka, Country' by Simone Thompson & 'Kissing the Sun' by Jessica Harris

The Arts Lounge at Wyreena is an art space for artists to exhibit their work in a vibrant, accessible setting. 

About the artists

Simone Thomson

Simone Thomson is a Naarm based fine artist, muralist and creative and is a Woi-Wurrung Wurundjeri and Yorta-Yorta Traditional Owner through her mother. She draws inspiration for her art through her spiritual connection to country and the rich colours and textures of the earth and sky.

In her early years, Simone performed traditional song and dance in cultural dance troupes with her cousins, and for years again with Worawa Aboriginal College. It’s here she started painting, later becoming the school’s first graduating student. She would go on to continue this sacred art of storytelling well into her adult years remaining strongly connected to her culture through the ancestral knowledge and oral history as passed down through her mother and grandmother.

Simone’s signature use of vibrant earthy colours, texture and detail have produced varied styles of work including public art commissions and design, Indigenous sculptured gardens, portraiture, large scale exterior and interior mural design, hand painted silk wraps, emu feather hangings, wooden message sticks, custom handmade shields, feature wall wood art, netball and basketball design and giftware.

Simone has regular experience in the corporate sector delivering Reconciliation Action Plan artwork covers and document design and has commissioned pieces in both the government and private divisions. Simone supplies cultural stories and narratives to all her pieces.

Jessica Harris

Jessica Harris is interested in all that makes us human and works to give the viewer an inside glimpse of internal emotional worlds that we all hide so cleverly within ourselves that are unseen and unknown and yet govern our whole lives.

This idea that our emotions are such huge and all-encompassing things and yet no one can see them outwardly unless we choose to show them or have reached a breaking point where we can no longer contain them; Jessica feels is very intriguing and worth exploring.

These multimedia works are a small intimate view, a private view of what lies inside. Our emotional landscapes are intimate and private but these works will give the viewer a peek inside. 

View the exhibition

Simone Thomson

Jessica Harris


  • Wednesday, 01 June 2022 | 12:00 AM - Saturday, 23 July 2022 | 11:59 PM


Wyreena Community Arts Centre, 13-23 Hull Road, Croydon, 3136, View map

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