If only we all had grandmothers still living. And if they were, may those wise elder women be as accomplished, inspirational and enviably cool as Melbourne artist LANKS’ grandma – 87-year-old digital and multimedia artist Valda Cuming.  Since she’s the most badass grandma in town, she’s hosting a free gig and exhibition at her Brighton home on Saturday March 18, featuring grandson LANKS (Will Cuming), Hayden Calnin and Alexander Biggs, plus more than 200 original artworks spanning more than 40 years of her career and travels around Australia.

If you’re a LANKS fan, you’ve already seen Valda Cuming’s artwork featured on Golden Age, Bitter Leaf and Holla covers, as well as the original artwork for EP Viet Rose. Remarkably, Valda Cuming is also an early pioneer of digital art, having made her first works on an early 70s Apple Mac. Here’s a few extra reasons why she’s rad in case you need any more proof:

  • Studied Fine Arts and Metal Work at RMIT
  • Belongs to the Beaumaris Art Studios, the Association of Sculptors of Victoria, and is a founding member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors
  • Exhibited in both solo and group shows in Australia for 25 years, and her work is represented in private collections nationally and overseas
  • Currently teaches watercolour classes at the Beaumaris Art Studios

The exhibition will also include an extra grandma-grandson collab thanks to an interactive video game designed by her 23-year-old grandson, Byron Jackson, featuring Valda’s original artworks and LANKS composition on the video game soundscape. 

Since spaces are limited, enter the ballot for a chance to win a free double-pass ticket to LANKS X VALDA.

If she’s still here, go call your grandmother now and tell her you love her, even though she’s not as cool as Valda Cuming. Then enjoy some delicious Bitter Leaf:


House Concert and Exhibition

With Hayden Calnin and Alexander Biggs

Saturday 18 March, 4 – 7pm

Located at Valda Cuming’s House in Brighton

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