The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.



Interview Tegan Kinder

Words By: Nicole Klaer
Interview Tegan Kinder

Tegan (they/them) is a textile artist focusing on fashion, soft sculpture and embroidery. Under the name Cold Sun, you will find Tegan’s work centres around women and the LGBTQIA+ community. Their work is often inspired by the strange or difficult experiences that come with identity, transitioning and sexuality.

We at YAG are excited to be debuting Tegan’s next and largest project yet - a soft sculpture installation! Once completed this piece will resemble a teenager’s bedroom, filled with crochet weapons, uniquely designed bedding and embroidered artworks.

Nicole: What reaction do you hope to recieve with this installation?

Tiegan: I want the initial feeling of the room to be comforting and familiar, however when exploring the space, the message quickly changes to a sense of uncertainty and potential danger. I hope to shed light on the hurt women and the LGBTQIA+ community experience from those they trust and highlight how many people don't make it past their 30's from the hands of people closest.

Yes! Say it louder for the people in the back!