The bold visions of RMIT student artists will warm Melbourne's frosty winter nights at this year's Gertrude Street Projection Festival.
Students of the Diploma of Visual Arts are set to exhibit their work at one of inner-Melbourne's most visible and accessible free arts festivals, which opens this Friday.
Upon peering into the window of Fitzroy fashion emporium Pickings and Parry, festival goers will experience a suite of stories of transience, as diverse works by the 21 students are projected onto suitcases and open notebooks.
The installation, titled Fleeting, is made up of works that conjure the sense of change that occurs with migration.
Conceived under the guidance of Melbourne-based artist Yandell Walton, the project explores multifaceted responses to change and loss across time and space.
Fiona Hillary, a lecturer within the Art, praised the critical contribution the event had made to the burgeoning field of projection art in Australia.
"The Gertrude Street Projection Festival provides the opportunity for our students to exhibit alongside some of Australia's leading projection artists," she said.
For the last three years, RMIT students have been successful in activating a designated site at the festival, and Ms Hillary was excited at the new possibilities the latest installation site - the shopfront window of Pickings and Parry at 126 Gertrude St - would provide.
"For the first time we are projecting in a more intimate space. The team from Pickings and Parry have been generous in providing us with an antique suitcase that inspired the creation of the works for this year's festival," she said.
Since 2008 the Gertrude Association, a not-for-profit, volunteer-run community art group, has championed the projection event as an opportunity to encourage and develop emerging local artists.
This year a variety of peak bodies supporting art and social access are involved in the festival including Artful Dodgers Gallery (Jesuit Social Services), Charcoal Lane Restaurant (Mission Australia), Art Day South (part of Arts Access) and Yarra Youth services.
The theme of "Transience" will be explored across 40 sites spanning the length of Gertrude St, Fitzroy, from Nicholson to Smith streets.
In the spirit of all things transitory, the festival will light the night from Friday, 18 July, till Sunday, 27 July at 6pm-midnight.
As the largest provider of visual arts education in Victoria, RMIT offers a broad of studio electives spanning painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, digital imaging, and public art.
The Diploma of Visual Art provides a springboard for those keen to pursue a career as visual artists or in other creative fields.
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