Creative Wellbeing Program

Sometimes university can be stressful. This program invites talented RMIT students to produce fun, interactive wellbeing activities and artworks – each designed to take the viewer's mind off study for a moment.

What is the Creative Wellbeing Program?

The Creative Wellbeing Program invites talented RMIT students to produce fun, playful, colourful and interactive wellbeing activities and artworks – each designed to take the viewer's mind off study for a moment, and help them destress and think more deeply about their wellbeing.

The artworks and activities are designed for students, by students in conjunction with the RMIT Creative Student Life team. Check them out below.

We hope the artworks bring you joy! However, the Creative Wellbeing Program is not designed to provide art therapy, psychological assistance or counselling treatment. If you need support, please go to RMIT Counselling and Psychological Services.

A student colours in a drawing of flowers in a vase. A student colours in a drawing of flowers in a vase.

Artworks and activities

Hand places a colourful affirmation message in a glass bowl

In its first iteration, due to COVID-19 restrictions, affirmations were exchanged online via the Affirmation Exchange Portal. Students could visit the portal and share an affirmation for a fellow student. In return, they would be sent an affirmation curated especially for them.

The second iteration of this work is live at the RMIT Store from May 2023 – drop in to collect some words of encouragement from a student to look at whenever you need a little sunshine. Then, grab one of the blank postcards provided and share your own message of support for a fellow student.

Image of Vanessa wearing a hoodie and cap. Vanessa.
Image of Phoebe with flowers. Phoebe.

Message from the artists

Vanessa: "As affirmations can help restructure our mindset and brighten up our days, we would like to create and share a personalized affirmation gift with you. We hope you can find support and encouragement through our exchange project."

Phoebe: "Sharing affirmations is a simple way of focusing on positivity and positive actions as an antidote to worries and negative self-talk. The connection element is important; it reminds us that we rely on one another, and it reminds us of the importance of our words."

Cover of the Day by Day zine.

Day by Day is a zine (i.e. a mini magazine) created by artist, graphic designer and illustrator Wipawan 'Peach' Witayathawornwong. In her zine, Peach shares calming rituals from her own self-care practice and invites you to try out these wellbeing techniques whenever you need.

Headshot. Wipawan 'Peach' Witayathawornwong.

Message from the artist

I would like to share my personal story as well as tips that can be useful to others. The zine offers visual reminders and invitations for readers to try mindful activities during their day and remember that it is totally ok to just take things one day at a time.

Examples of pages from the Life in Progress project.

Gamify your student life with this Life in Progress planner! 

  • Write down your goals ✨
  • Keep track of how you are feeling every day 😀 (we know, it's a bit hard to keeping track of sleep 😴 and exercise 🏀 during lockdown) 
  • Manage your to do list with a progress bar ✅ (remember little progress is still progress!
  • A handy dandy pomodoro timer 🍅 for your study time.
Profile photo. Woman standing in front of a wall of pink roses. Hsiao Wei Chen (Michelle).

Message from the artist

Hi all, I'm Hsiao Wei Chen but you can call me Michelle. I am a creative practice based researcher, who is co-creating video games about the lived experiences of depression and anxiety as part of my PhD. I am passionate about using video games as a medium to promote empathy and raise mental health awareness. I am also a Batyr Student Executive and Mates Online Engagement representative among other things, where I try to make students mental wellbeing a bit better and feel less isolated by organising online events during these weird lockdown times. I can't wait to show y'all the project I have been working on with my participants (fellow RMIT students) for RMIT Creative Wellbeing Festival.

Watch Oruko Yoruba

Oruko Yoruba (a.k.a. My Yoruba Name) is a powerful project created by artist, activist and RMIT Biomedical Sciences student, Oluwafolakemi Bolarinwa.

Explore videos and interactive social media conversations about the experience of RMIT students with non-English names and discover your own Yoruba name!

Profile photo. Smiling woman with Flinders Street Station in the background. Oluwafolakemi Bolarinwa.

Message from the artist

My full name is Oluwafolakemi and to make it easier for non-Yoruba speakers I go by Kemi. My name and all its variations are full of meaning, which is lost when said incorrectly. This project is an opportunity to share myself and my culture. In this project, you will hear from me and other Yoruba students and even have the chance to receive your own Yoruba name! The amotekun (leopard) is an important motif that I used when developing this project because to Yoruba people, it is a symbol of power, resilience and strength. It might feel vulnerable or embarrassing to admit you don't know how to pronounce someone's name but whenever someone makes the effort to try, we feel respected and valued as part of their community. My hope is that we can all become more like Amotekun and be strong, resilient and respectful to each other.

A post from the Fessona project.

Fessona is an interactive digital realm to explore, play and exchange messages of support and connection. Fessona is now closed.

Headshot. Manav.

Message from the artist

Hey! I'm Manav (@mav.ew). I design things for the internet. Generative design fascinates me. I'm currently in my final year of Computer Science. Some days I move mountains. Other days I spend 40 minutes contemplating a color palette. Yin and yang. Outside of design, I like baking, reading non-fiction, mixing music, and taking long walks. It's been an absolute blast hacking together Fessona, and I hope you guys like it.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.