Jessica Johnson (she/her)

Warramungu Wombaya artist, graphic designer and advocate. Owner of design agency, Nungala Creative, which created Sydney WorldPride’s iconic branding.

Nungala is an expression of lived experience and commitment to a better future for First Nations people centred around LGBTQ+ visibility, representation and wellbeing.

“You are seen, loved and sacred.”

Jessica’s work is self described as a hot mess and very much a reflection of who she is – her desire to curate an alternative reality void of the BS, while navigating the complexities of contemporary existence as an outsider on stolen land.

Jessica is also the artist behind Sydney WorldPride’s logo and festival artwork.

“Creation of the new logo and artworks for Sydney WorldPride was inspired by my belonging to a big, multigenerational queer First Nations community and our extended family. We embody intersectionality and I wanted the design to express that through the vibrancy, colours and textures,” she says. “Each and every aspect reflects a sense of movement like light and shadows cast through nature, the trees and water.

The tactile, hands-on, textural aesthetic is a nod to the nostalgic tools of our predecessors and an era of people power and protest definitive in our existence today. The electric colour palette draws from the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree and all the wondrous magic our country has on offer.”

Photo of Jessica Johnson in a black headband, top and green cardigan surrounded by yellow, white and black digital collage

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.