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Collingwood College
Year 5,6,7,8 Students with Rali Beynon and James Henry

'Creature Feature' Animation
Rali Beynon with
Year 5 + 7 Students

Creature Feature is a collaborative animated dreamscape exploring diverse environments, blending drawing, watercolour and digital animation techniques and featuring the artwork of Grade 5 and Year 7 students from Collingwood College.

Initially students explored themes and ideas of nature, forests, tropical islands, masks,
mythological figures and the apocalypse, playing with the idea of a surreal world created by them with no rules or boundaries.

Combining imagery of natural and mystical forms, the animated projection developed into a site-specific imaginary biome, travelling into scenes, panning across series of masks and characters until reaching the animated GIFs the students created, which function like DNA or micro-organisms at the heart of this otherworldly space.Created as part of an Artist in Residence project at Collingwood College, supported by theCentre for Projection Art and Auspicious Arts through Creative Victoria’s Creative Learning Partnerships.We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners, Elders and Ancestors, past present and future, of the Woiwurrung Wurundjeri people, Kulin Country, where this project has been created and where it will be experienced.

211 Gertrude St

(Builders Arms Hotel)

6PM - 12AM

Street posters at various locations on Gertrude St


'Under the Hood' Portrait Photography James Henry Year 6 + 8 Students

'Under the Hood' is a Portrait Photography project led by Artist James Henry with participating year 6 and 8 students. 

Through this projects the students learnt technical photography skills exploring light, composition, image making, subjective and objective positions and story telling. The students were invited to collaborate with AI through transposing their images in an imaginary world of their choosing.

'Under the Hood' is also the artists attempt for the young people to project their identities through the fading art of paste ups and poster making, that reclaims the increasingly gentrified locality they call home. Reclaiming control over the images they consume as they engage with their immediate neighbour-hood.

The results of this projects will be shown as large posters along Gertrude Street in partnership with Plakkit.

This project was generously supported by Creative Victoria through their Creative Learning Partnerships program over Term 1,2 and 2 in 2023. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the art teacher and project coordinator Angela Dionysopoulos, Claudia Pham, Emma Neumann, Mary Utters along with Angela Watters and Sormeh Afkari for their attention, time and support through out this residency.  

Artist Bios: 

Rali Beynon is a Naarm/Melbourne-based emerging artist/animator, working in drawing, 2D animation, motion graphics and projection art, inspired by diverse cultural backgrounds, including Afro-Caribbean, First Nations Pima-Mexican, Cantonese-Malaysian, Celtic and Nordic ancestries. A Graduate of Bachelor of Design in Animation/Interactive Media, RMIT, Rali has been a 2023 Artist in Residence at Collingwood College, supported by the Centre for Projection Art and Auspicious Arts through Creative Victoria’s Creative Learning Partnerships.

Recent highlights include Spirits Shapeshifting with Kate Beynon and Michael Pablo,
commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery for 2023 Enlighten Festival, Kamberri/Canberra; Spirits Summoning Yards edit for Mega-Phone Mono-Poly, curated by Liquid Architecture & Centre for Projection Art, Collingwood Yards, 2022; Visions, curated by Centre for Projection Art for Garden State Festival, 2022; KB X RB—Mask Spirits, Sutton Gallery; Shapeshifter’s Brew with Kate Beynon supported by a Creators Fund/Creative Victoria and Guardian Creatures Art Boxes. Rali’s film Crusher was included in Up in Frames: RMIT Animation showcase, in 2021.

Rali and fam
ily acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners, Elders and Ancestors, past present and future, the Woiwurrung Wurundjeri people of Kulin Country, where they are grateful to live, work and create. In solidarity, they pay respects to all First Nations People worldwide. 

James Henry has been working as a photographer since the start of 2010. Starting out by working alongside his job as an event’s organiser and musician, he made the transition across to shooting events quite easily and had a lot of clients keen to work with him in his new field. James has tried his hand at various disciplines from travel landscapes and cityscapes to fashion for his own personal projects. This has given him skills to take into the world of portrait photography for which he has been in demand across the state and across the country.


Being a part of the Aboriginal community in Melbourne, James has been widely used with regular high-profile clients and small businesses. This is due to his reputation for quality and punctuality, but also for his cultural sensitivity and familiarity in the community. Having worked across the country in Aboriginal urban, rural and remote communities this understanding and respect for culture extends far beyond his home of Melbourne.

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