Working with members of St Helens’ LGBTQIA+ community, artist Emma Colbert developed a joyful new public artwork for display on a local bus service.
Emma’s research and 1-1 conversations with the community came together in an artwork to cover the exterior of a St Helens bus. The graphic artwork communicates messages of joy, hope and peaceful protest in support of the LGBTQIA+* community.
Utilising her colourful signature style, the artwork uses language and symbols representative of some of the history of LGBTQIA+ experience, along with positive messages of inclusion, visibility and equity.
This artwork was intended to act as a reminder of the part we all play in ensuring our public transport and spaces are accessible and safe for all.
We’re excited to be continuing our work with Emma on future projects in Knowsley and St Helens in 2023, in partnership with Homotopia.
Emma previously worked with us on the Home Work project where she created a series of bold, colourful graphics and GIFs exploring mental health.
*LGBTQIA+ is an inclusive term that includes people of all genders and sexualities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, and allies. While each letter in LGBTQIA+ stands for a specific group of people, the term encompasses the entire spectrum of gender fluidity and sexual identities.