Glass’ design in the competition is inspired by the importance of connection, collaboration and engagement.
“There are two central meeting places shown on the left and right sides of the print, which are symbolic of RMIT University’s presence in Europe and Australia,” she said.
“They represent a meeting hub for learners to collaborate, connect, learn and share stories of their culture. The footprints reflect the path taken by students to learn, improve their skills and gain qualifications to start their careers.
“They also represent students traveling and participating in learning and connecting with each other’s culture.”
How the contest worked
The design brief was dreamed up by the RMIT Europe team who produced the key ideas they believe are important and resonate across cultures.
Entrants could submit up to three different designs along with a 300-word description, with the winner receiving AU$1,000 and the chance to exhibit their design in Barcelona and apply it to RMIT’s marketing materials.
“We were thrilled to receive a selection of entries reflecting Indigenous traditions of people and groups coming together to connect, learn and collaborate,” said Marta Fernández, Executive Director of RMIT Europe and member of the judging panel.
“These ideals are also true and representative of our multicultural team here at RMIT Europe, where we focus on growing collaborative research with partners and promoting international student experiences and cultural exchange.”
“We are delighted to have this opportunity to exhibit the chosen design here in Barcelona and to showcase indigenous art in a European context.”
Fernández was joined on the competition jury by Inés Crosas, Reconciliation Champion and Partnerships and Communications Advisor at RMIT Europe, Annie Sevil, a Narrabri-born Gomeroi woman and Coordinator, Communications and Events at the Ngarara Willim Centre, and Talia Elliott , a Bundjalung and a Yugambeh woman from southern Queensland and Senior Advisor, Indigenous Access and Engagement at the Ngarara Willim Centre.