Colourathon is a world first art-marathon raising awareness and funds for family violence prevention.

November 30, National Gallery of Australia, 9am – 9pm

Harnessing the global colouring-in mindfulness movement, Colourathon brings together community to colour for change.

Young women from Project O deliver and host the event – engaging peers, community, policy makers, celebrities, opinion-formers, fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and partners. The project seeks to unite the community regarding this issue through a live arts endurance event that is vibrant, open and friendly.

Recognised illustrators and artists create the colouring templates alongside the participants. The day is accompanied by live music, weaving, mural-making and more, making it highly visible and media friendly.

Colourathon is accompanied by a national crowd-funding campaign, to raise awareness of family violence prevention and fund specialist childhood trauma training for frontline family violence services in Project O communities.

Big hART is proud to partner with the Australian Childhood Foundation to deliver this training program, which provides practical, evidence based approaches for practitioners to better help children experiencing violence.

Colourathon is an innovative, integrated initiative which allows prevention and frontline services to join hands in responding to this critical issue.



ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

George Rose

George Rose is a visual artist with a flair for not taking life too seriously. She spends most of her time up ladders painting murals and sometimes makes it into her studio. She feels most at home with a paintbrush in her hand but also likes the feel of a pen, spray can, drill or Wacom tablet.

Elisa Carmichael

Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs to the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Elisa is very passionate about nurturing and preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Her practice visually explores the beauty of nature and surrounding environment, drawing inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage.

Nadia Hernandez

Nadia Hernandez is a multidisciplinary designer and artist based in Sydney. Her practice focuses on branding and art direction within the creative sector as well as creating her own personal work and exhibiting across Australia.

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About the participants

The core colouring team for the 24 hours is comprised of young women from Project O. During the 24 hours, community members and organisations will take turns joining the young women onsite, to colour in and contribute to change in their community.

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Colourathon

The first ever 24 Hour Colourathon took place at the Coastal Pods, at The Waterfront Wynyard, on Friday May 20, 2016.

As a result of the funds raised, the local women’s shelter on Tasmania’s North West coast can implement intensive training in specialist play therapy techniques, as well as one on one sessions for children experiencing trauma.

This therapy will be carried out in partnership with the Australian Childhood Foundation.

 

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