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Colourathon 2017

Colourathon is a 12-hour art-marathon and world-first initiative on Thursday, November, run by the young women of Big hART’s Project O initiative at the National Gallery of Australia. Launched by Rosie Batty, Colourathon brings together community, businesses and government to colour for change to address one of Australia’s most critical issues, family violence.

The colouring in art marathon will be held in the sculpture garden of the National Gallery of Australia on Thursday 30th November. There will also be large-scale murals, weaving, live music and films taking place throughout the event, and from 4-7pm the general public are invited to join in and colour for change. 

Colourathon is the brainchild of campaigning arts organisation Big hART, that has been working with young women in Roebourne WA, Cooma NSW, Wynyard TAS and Canberra to address this entrenched issue, through a strategy called Project O. Harnessing the global trend of colouring in for mindfulness, every hour of colouring in will raise funds for specialist childhood trauma training for staff in women’s shelters. Statistics show that 1 in 3 women over the age of 15 in Australia

have experienced physical violence, 50% of those who have experienced violence have children in their care, with the average age of a child fleeing violence and needing crisis care just 2 ½ years old, there is a critical need for specialist services which support children in women’s shelters.

You can support the young women to colour for change by participating in Colourathon from 4-7pm on 30 November at the NGA, or support their crowdfunding campaign. Find out more at


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