Inclusive banners flying high on Coogee Bay Road

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A series of portraits celebrating inclusivity and the LGBTQI+ community can be seen flying on our local street banners on Coogee Bay Road.

The digital illustrations were created by local Coogee artist Sandra Cipriotti, who undertook the project as part of Randwick Council's Community Creative grant program.

Titled Randwick Pride 2023, the series portrays six people looking comfortable in their own skin, feeling proud about being who they are.

Artist Carl De Villa, who is portrayed in the series, shared his reasons for taking part in the Pride-focused project. “As a fellow artist, we are here to support each other. I believe Sandra’s art is for a great cause, for people like me to be seen, heard and represented.”

Speaking on the importance of representation, Carl explained by having these portraits hanging so proudly and boldly in the street, he hopes the next generation can feel they are free to take any path they want to choose in life.

He said, “It’s important to be you, be real, be authentic, be proud and don’t let society dictate what you want to be in life.”

While not affiliated with WorldPride, Sandra explained her project was inspired by the values WorldPride embodies, “specifically the values of diversity, inclusivity and working with communities.”

The banners will be flying high on Coogee Bay Road until early March to coincide with Sydney WorldPride and Council’s Pride Amplified event, Randwick Pride 2023, on Saturday 18 February. Our local event is part of Rainbow City and will take place at the Coogee Rainbow Walkway, which is currently undergoing a refresh and update to include the Progress Pride Flag colours.

Randwick Council’s Community Investment Program is open for Round One applications at the moment, closing 19 Feb.

Learn more about our Randwick Pride 2023 event here:

Last Updated: 2 February 2023
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