Among Equals

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)
warmly invites you to attend the collection launch of

Among Equals.

Among Equals, founded by Caroline Sherman, is a social enterprise aimed at empowering bilum weavers from three different communities in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Handwoven bilum bags have strong cultural resonances and serve the women of Papua New Guinea in multiple ways. Among Equals assists these artisans to achieve sustainable incomes through the sale of these bags, ensuring that bilum remains a viable creative practice for the women of today and for future generations.

Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2016
6–8 pm.

Venue: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16–20 Goodhope Street

Steven Alderton, Director: Programs, Exhibitions & Cultural Collections, Australian Museum, will open the exhibition at 7pm.

Mia Freedman, Co-Founder, Mamamia Women’s Digital Media Network, will share thoughts on how the Among Equals collection empowers Papua New Guinean women and girls of all ages.

Please RSVP to
02 9331 1112 or via eventbrite here.

Following the launch on Wednesday 24 August, the collection will be open to the public until Saturday 15 October 2016 (11am – 5pm).

An exclusive selection of Among Equals bilum bags will be available for sale at the SCAF launch and throughout the viewing period. Thereafter the bags will be available for purchase online at and at Koskela,

The Among Equals initiative is kindly supported by Pacific Islands Trade & Invest, Sydney

Bilum Artisan’s Talk

on Saturday, 27 August 2016
11am – 12.30 pm

Join Florence Jaukae Kamel, experienced bilum artisan from the highlands of Papua New Guinea who will lead a special interactive talk about bilum weaving. Florence will also share her personal story as a group leader and creator, allowing the audience a glimpse into the life of women in Goroka.

Please RSVP to
02 9331 1112 or via eventbrite here.

Florence Jaukae Kamel, 2016

“The money from Among Equals to the Goroka bilum weavers has enabled the women to pay for all the little girls to attend school. Your support has meant that we can pay for our healthcare, our traditional obligations and the things we need for our home. It has made a huge difference to us”.