Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
The Mangkaja x Gorman collection was a highly successful, nationally recognised collaboration, presented at DAAFF Country to Couture and the MCA in Sydney in 2019. The collaboration was instigated by senior cultural leaders of the Fitzroy Valley. The Copyright Agency billed the collaboration as a national benchmark in fashion licensing rights that held the cultural values of Mangkaja artists at its core.
The collection featured ten significant artworks by renowned Mangkaja artists Ngarralja Tommy May, Sonia Kurarra, Lisa Uhl, Nada Rawlins and Daisy Japulija. This was the first collection of this scale, incorporating five Indigenous artists from multiple generations in one collection. The clothing designs were innovative and reflected the values of the artists and styles of the women of the Fitzroy Valley.
Apart from the substantial economic return to the community of Fitzroy Crossing, the project had significant and far reaching impacts for the community, creating new opportunities for community members including engaging youth in modelling and photography professional development programs, which have continued beyond the project.
In addition to artist's fees, Gorman donated $70,000 to Mangkaja Arts youth and community programs.
Malleefowl – Bush Heritage Australia
A few little birdies told us....
Last year, three year 9 students, Isabella, Mary-Ellen and Poppy, from Wilderness School in Adelaide got in touch raising their concerns about the plight of the Malleefowl bird. On their recent 3 week camp, they learned about the endangered Malleefowl and reached out to us to see whether we could help!
The Malleefowl, also known as Nganamara in central desert language, are now listed as a Vulnerable species. Land clearing, bushfires, overgrazing by sheep and cattle, and predation by feral cats and foxes all threaten the existence of Malleefowl. Today, they are found in about half of the places where they used to exist.
Together, with your support through the sale of the Malleefowl Socks, we have committed to donate $20,000 to Bush Heritage to help protect and revegetate their habitats, and to keep feral predators in check so their young have a chance of survival.
Gorman x Save The Children
Gorman took a trip back through the archives and chose four much loved, past season prints to create a special release of limited edition kids spray jackets.
A smaller version of the classic best selling gorman style, the spray jackets featured the winter harvest, le grande, festival and foil spot prints and were available in three unisex sizes for $59.
The profits from the sale of each spray jacket went to Save The Children, one of Australia's largest aid and development agencies dedicated to protecting children from harm and helping them access quality education and health services.
In this current world environment, the kids definitely need our help.
Love is Love
To show our support for marriage equality in Australia, in August 2017 we gave away 15,000 free 'Love is Love' t-shirts to help spread the word.
To celebrate love and the yes vote, our friend Tasha Tylee shot three beautiful couples. With just a few days left to get your vote in, we spoke to each couple to find out a little about themselves and their thoughts on love.
Where did you guys meet?
We didn't know each other, but we both were at the same gig. We ended up spending the night trying to get our friends together. We got completely distracted by each other and dropped our match-maker game. Thus, they never worked out..... but we did!
How long have you guys been together for?
A year next month.
What is your definition of love?
Still getting excited to see them, even though you are together every day.
Do you think love will finally prevail and Australia will vote yes?
We can only hope that Australia will vote Yes, but love will prevail regardless.
Australia officially became the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage on the 9th of December 2017.
Guide Dogs Australia
In 2017, gorman announced their first collaboration with Guide Dogs Australia. This was a hugely successful collaboration with the entire collection selling out in store and online in a matter of hours. In 2018, gorman came together again with Guide Dogs Australia to launch a brand new range of limited edition dog coats. All profits go towards raising much needed funds for Guide Dogs Australia, providing extra support and awareness to an organisation that adds to the day-to-day lives of so many.
The Royal Children's
Hospital Education Institute
In December 2014, gorman and Peep Designs collaborated to produce a limited edition tote bag featuring artwork created by Jasmine, aged 12, to raise funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Education Institute.
The funds we raised through sales of tote bags went towards supporting the ongoing art education programs provided to patients by RCH Education Institute. This provides a rich learning experience for children and young people so that their journey as learners continue in hospital. Patients are engaged in learning experiences that have a rich arts focus and strong links to literacy and numeracy. In the 2013-2014 period the RCH Education Institute supported the education needs of 2,150 individual students, from kindergarten through to tertiary level.
100% of the sales were donated to The Royal Children’s Hospital Arts Education program.
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Lort Smith Animal Hospital
In spring 2015, gorman ran a campaign to raise funds for Lort Smith Animal Hospital and for a period of time 100% of all sales made from our Poodle Sweater went to Lort Smith Animal Hospital.
Lort Smith Animal Hospital is a not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia. They have 67 vets and 94 vet nurses providing high-quality veterinary care for 24,384 animals in 2015.
The hospital has 11 wards including an Exotic and Native Wildlife Unit. Their Adoption Centre cares for animals undergoing medical treatment and provides shelter, adoption and fostering services for abandoned and relinquished animals.
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The Peter Mac Foundation & The Leukaemia Foundation
Since 2012, gorman has hosted annual charity sales in Warrnambool to raise funds for The Peter Mac Foundation and The Leukaemia Foundation.
The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is internationally recognized for helping to lead the search for cancer cures. Their researchers are dedicated to preventing, treating and curing all types of cancer. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation supports this research by funding specialised technologies and new research opportunities.
The Leukaemia Foundation is Australia’s peak body for blood cancer, funding research and providing free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related bloody disorders, and their families.
In Your Dreams
In December 2015, Lisa Gorman collaborated with five Australian illustrators, designers and painters who each created a unique piece of art based on their idea of ‘dreams’. 25% of the sale of these pillowcases was donated to Save The Children.
In May 2015, gorman donated 20% of all sales on Mother’s Day to Save the Children and their relief efforts in Nepal.
Arkley Art Award
The memory of much-loved artist Howard Arkley is honoured by The Arkley Prize. Established in 2010 by Arkley’s mother, Gwen and her late partner Frank Lewis. The prize is awarded by an esteemed group of judges to the artist whose work in Not Fair Art Fair is considered to be outstanding. Not Fair is a curated exhibition of emerging, unrepresented and independent artists whose work would not normally be seen at the gallery-centric trade Art Fairs.
NotFair is giving these artists a way to bring their work to the attention of collectors and galleries. The aim of the prize is to acknowledge the skills of an emerging artist and reflect Howard Arkley’s passion as a practitioner and teacher. The recipients to date have included Jake Walker, Simon Finn and Hari Ho, all of whom have gone on to pursue extraordinary careers.
This August 2016, we’re proud to announce gorman will be the sponsor of The Arkley Prize.
Isabelle de Kleine, 'Knowing' 2016
Watercolour, Gouache and Acrylic on Paper,
113 x 160cm
Little Seeds Big Tree
In May 2013, we launched the Choose your own Adventure Sneakers campaign. We rounded up twenty-one amazing creative’s from around the globe, and they donated their time and genius to customise a pair of exclusive, one-off gorman Adventure Sneakers.
The customised sneakers were auctioned to raise money for kid’s art therapy school, Little Seeds Big Trees.
Learn and Earn
Lisa Gorman is a regular guest speaker at our local public primary school in Clifton Hill, where she answers questions and gives advice to year 5 students regarding their learn and earn program.
Coal Kills – GetUp!
Here at gorman, we are worried about the devastating impacts of the proposed Adani coal mine on our climate and our Great Barrier Reef. To stop Adani building the biggest coal mine in the world in Queensland we have designed a Coal Kills Bag to send a clear message that we think Adani is a bad idea.
We are selling the bags for $4.00 and 100% of the sale price will go to our friends at GetUp to stop this disaster before it's too late. We also want you to hit the streets with your Coal Kills Bag and encourage everyone who asks about it to jump online and sign GetUp’s Stop Adani Petition.
The bag is made from RECYCLED PET a fabric made from plastic recycled bottles. You can recycle your bag with soft plastics at end-of-use.
Out of the bag – Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia in an independent conservation not-for-profit that buys and manages land, and partners with Aboriginal people, so they can protect our irreplaceable landscapes and our magnificent native species forever.
We love the work of Bush Heritage so we have partnered with them for our 'Out of the bag' project to eliminate single use plastic bags from our stores.
While we prefer you keep your new found goods out of the bag altogether, we understand there are times when you might need emergency handles.... We are now offering a recycled multi use carry bag when you’ve forgotten to bring your own. The bag is made from recycled PET and for the purchase price of $3.30AUD and $3.80NZD we will direct net proceeds to Bush Heritage Australia.www.bushheritage.org.au
Thrive Refugee Enterprise
Lisa Gorman collaborates with Kenyan-American artist Jamilla Okubo to bring you our first collection of 2019.
The Jamilla Okubo x gorman collection transforms original artworks from Jamilla’s We the People of the African Diaspora and Love You series’ to produce breathtaking textiles on a selection of familiar and brand new styles across our apparel and accessories.
With the sale of this collection, gorman and Jamilla have chosen to support Thrive Refugee Enterprise – an organisation that provides microfinancing and business support to help refugee entrepreneurs start and grow viable businesses. A donation of $20,000 will go towards developing a new program to provide specialised assistance to build women’s participation in their programs.
@jamillaokubo | www.jamillaokubo.co
PetRescue x gorman
Gorman is extremely excited to announce their new partnership with PetRescue, a national animal welfare charity that helps save thousands of lives through their free online adoption programs and services.
Every year, 100,000 pets are killed in Australian council pounds and shelters, many without ever being given the chance to find a new home.
Together, Gorman and PetRescue have teamed up to collaborate on a new range of limited edition dog coats to raise much needed funds and awareness for PetRescue's Safe and Sound Pounds Campaign.