For Cultural Diversity Week this 21st to 28th March, learn about the vast-spanning history of multiculturalism in Victoria by visiting the Immigration Museum. Established in 1998—originally at the Old Customs House—the museum is a standing champion of diverse stories, and therefore the perfect excursion for you to delve into cultural diversity, whether that's through a photography exhibition or art workshop. Plus, it's free entry for individual university students, so there's no excuse.
To Be Real
IF YOU LIKE: photography, art, mythology
One of Melbourne's most prominent photographers and artists, award-winning Atong Atem is showing her large-scale To Be Real portraits that fly off the wall with colour and vibrancy. The exhibition runs under the PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, with each work representing a peek into Atem's explorations of identity, fantasy, and belonging, and the ways in which we try to understand ourselves through these lenses. Welcome to her world.
An Incomplete Guide
IF YOU LIKE: coming of age stories, installations
Growing up is something we can all relate to: the pains, the excitement, the awkwardness. In Becoming You: An Incomplete Guide, experience the stories of 72 storytellers, each with their own unique tales to tell about age, gender, time and culture. There are some huge names in this exhibition, including but not limited to model Andreja Pejic, drag queen Karen From Finance, Greens Senator for Victoria Lidia Thorpe, rapper Nathan Bird (Birdz), and more. Don't know where to start? The Immigration Museum is also offering a short, staff-led introduction to Becoming You's development and design.
With Frances Cannon
IF YOU LIKE: art, illustrations, self-positivity
Looking for an activity? Artist and illustrator Frances Cannon will be stopping by to encourage self-love through the form of art in her Self-Love Self-Portrait workshop on the 10th-11th April. No matter what background you're from, appreciating yourself is crucial to coming to terms with and embracing your identity, so in this safe and body-positive environment, you'll leave the workshop with self-portrait drawing techniques and a loving letter to yourself. (You can see Frances' letters in the Becoming You exhibition too!)
FORGET THE STEREOTYPES
IF YOU LIKE: film, documentary, international stories
Many university students don't just hail from local or rural areas, but overseas too. Melbourne, especially, has been a hub for international study, but why are their stories rarely heard? Artistic director Catherine Simmonds and filmmaker Irene Metter converge forces in Forget The Stereotypes to bring their lived experiences to the screen. Documenting the Act of Translation creative workshops with international students in 2017-18, these are their moving and honest personal accounts.