Arts / Culture

An evening of arts and culture with Tilda Swinton and Chanel

Tilda Swinton

Tucked away in Sydney's Darling Point, is a home that is brimming with the spirit of art and history. It is the private residence of Australian gallerist and visual art philanthropist Roslyn Oxley OAM, and was the meeting spot for a salon hosted by actor and Chanel Ambassador, Tilda Swinton on her recent visit to Australia on November 16.

Building upon the House’s 100-year heritage of arts patronage, and in the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel’s groundbreaking role as a patron and convener of the arts, the occasion celebrated Chanel’s ongoing commitment to fostering artistic communities and freedom of creation. Travelling to Sydney from Fiji, where Swinton had recently been filming, she was in Australia for 72 hours, where during her stay, Swinton presented an 'In Conversation' with our Editor in Chief, Jess Blanch, to creative students across the country, before going onto the Marrakech International Film Festival where she was honoured for her significant impact on the film industry.

For her recent film, 3000 Years of Longing, which Swinton filmed in Australia in 2021, she worked with director George Miller to bring the story to life, who was in attendance on the evening of the 16th, offering an opportunity for Swinton to reunite with the director she has worked so closely with on many occasions. The evening was hosted as a community moment for many other multi-disciplinary creatives in Australia, including Del Kathryn Barton, John Seale, Daniel Boyd, Tracey Moffatt, David Michod, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Phoebe Tonkin, Thomas Coqueral, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, The Australian Ballet’s David Hallberg, and Tim Minchin to name a few.

A family style menu was designed by hatted Australian chef Sam Kane, who was also the chef on the evening, and while guests enjoyed supper, Swinton addressed the intimate gathering to express her joy at being in Sydney again and reassembling with her local family, thanking Chanel for their deep commitment to arts and culture.

See more from the evening, lensed by Darren McDonald and Elise Hassey, below.

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