Canberra Colourathon in aid of community

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Young women from Roebourne will be part of an inaugural colouring-in marathon in Canberra next week.
Camera IconYoung women from Roebourne will be part of an inaugural colouring-in marathon in Canberra next week. Credit: Big hART

Colouring-in never goes out of style and a group of young women from Roebourne are bound for Canberra next week to do just that for a marathon art project with a social justice goal.

On Thursday, November 30, Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia will host a 12-hour colouring-in marathon, or Colourathon, with girls from Roebourne, Canberra, Cooma, in New South Wales, and Wynyard, in Tasmania, to raise money and awareness towards family violence prevention.

Each group of women is part of Project O, a program from national social justice arts group Big hART, which empowers young women to become community leaders and anti-family violence advocates by building resilience, confidence and life skills.

Colourathon was first held in 2016, and this year’s event will be launched by Australian domestic violence prevention campaigner Rosie Batty. Each hour of colouring-in completed by the girls will raise money for specialist training in childhood trauma for staff at women’s shelters.

The public, including politicians and media workers, are encouraged to join in to help the girls colour in solidarity. The event will end with the drawings being animated and set to a song composed by a songwriter during workshops with the participants.

Roebourne’s young Project O participants have spent the past few months preparing by creating event posters with illustrator George Rose and developing an augmented reality app, which will be used with the artworks on the day, with interactive designer Stu Campbell.

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk and Colourathon participant Amber Stevens practice their colouring-in at a Colourathon preview event in Roebourne last week.
Camera IconChild Protection Minister Simone McGurk and Colourathon participant Amber Stevens practice their colouring-in at a Colourathon preview event in Roebourne last week. Credit: Alicia Perera

Colourathon is likely to be the last major project Big hART runs with the Roebourne community because of a lack of funding, which reached crisis level late this year.

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