Barking and Dagenham student designs LGBTQIA+ mural
An LGBTQIA+ mural and a Pride parade t-shirt have been designed by two students from Barking and Dagenham.
Riley Marks, 19, has created a mural for the Wellbeing Hub at Barking and Dagenham College, themed around the LGBTQIA+ community and the C-Card Scheme – a programme that provides free condoms for young people aged 13-24 years old across London.
The two metres square design will be a permanent fixture in the building and was inspired by Riley’s difficult experiences as a transgender young person coming out.
Riley is hoping to continue his progress as an artist by attending Winchester School of Art next year, to study for a BA Hons in Fine Art.
Fellow Flipside member Maisie Greed, 15, has won the official London Borough of Barking and Dagenham t-shirt design competition, to create the shirt to be worn at the Pride parade in London this weekend.
The competition was run in partnership with Future MOLDS Communities, and Maisie will be taking part in the parade on the Barking and Dagenham float this Saturday.
Councillor Lynda Rice, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Diversity, was full of praise for the designs:
“I have been very impressed by the artworks that both Riley and Maisie have created,” she said.
“Both students are undoubtedly talented artists and it is fantastic that their work will be displayed so prominently at Barking and Dagenham College and in the London Pride parade.”