New Pride art installation - Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights.

New Pride art installation - Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights.

In a collaboration between students and artists, new artwork will be installed at the entrance of Building 8 at the City campus, to celebrate queer bodies and welcome students.

Stairs leading up to RMIT Building 8 with colourful drawings on each step/ Students can check out the newly installed artwork at Building 8 until the end of the year.

In July this year eight RMIT students were invited to participate in a creative artwork shop lead by artist and RMIT alumni Frances Cannon to explore the theme of this years’ International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights”. Students were invited to share their experience and drawings that were taken and used to create a Pride themed installation at the entrance of Building 8 on the City Campus. 

“In our workshop we did a few drawing exercises before we went right into drawing ourselves and drawing each other. We also wrote a letter to ourselves and picked out some favourite words and phrases describing our bodies, and how much we love and appreciate them. All of this is being used in the mural on Swanston Street,” said Frances. 

The students invited to participate in the workshop came from different areas of study to share their artwork and collaborate with Fraces on the community project. 

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights - Frances Cannon Collaboration

RMIT Alumni, Frances Cannon lead a creative workshop, focusing on reflection, body positivity and play; with eight RMIT students.

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Zavia

It's been a really great experience, it’s lovely to hear other people's experiences and see the creative process of them drawing. I used ‘growth’ and ‘development’ as my chosen words. I think they're an important part of my journey and an important part of my self-love. 

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Jess

I found the workshop really fun, I don’t consider myself an artist but I felt like it was really good to practice my drawing skills. 

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Celia

The workshop was absolutely lovely; I had a really nice time drawing and spending time with other folk. My word for the exercise was ‘canvas’, because I love to use my body as a canvas to share self-expression.

Where to find the artwork

Students can check out the new art installation at the entrance of Building 8 on Swanston Street, Melbourne City until the end of the year. 

“I’m so excited for everyone to see it, it was a really beautiful workshop, and all the students did such a good job!” shared Frances. 

Students can get creative with art activities, groups and on-campus spaces with Creative Communities. Events are open to all RMIT students, no matter what you study! 

Lead artist: Frances Cannon 

Student collaborative artists - Baxter McCrabb, Celia King, Eddie Corney, Jessica Strah, Lily Vernon, Mita Chowdhury, Nance,  Zavia Lingenti

29 August 2022

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