Queanbeyan schools work together to give respect

Queanbeyan City Council, the Monaro Local Area Command and Queanbeyan schools are joining forces to highlight the issue of domestic family violence in our community.

More than 16 local primary and high school students will be entering artworks for the Combined Schools Public Art Competition which will be displayed at The Q during May 2016.

“Tackling the issue of domestic family violence is both complex and challenging for most adults so an art exhibition by children exploring this issue is really something special,” Council’s Community Development Officer Holly Catt said.

“The use of art was deliberate to engage with students about domestic and family violence and explore issues that are often hard to write or speak about.

The competition follows on from the combined schools forum for White Ribbon Day held in 2015. While each submitted design differs, all include the concept of ‘GIVE RESPECT’ which is an initiative of Queanbeyan schools about creating positive relationships.  

“It is essential that we involve our young people in conversations about family and domestic violence, particularly what it means to develop and have respectful relationships.” Said Superintendent Smith, Monaro Local Area Commander.

This project was recognised as an excellent opportunity to show our commitment to public art but also to reducing domestic and family violence in our community, said Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall.

A panel will judge the designs and a mosaic artwork installed in the new Queen Elizabeth Park – to be opened later this year.

Members of the public can view entries from 5 - 23 May 2016 at The Q Exhibition Space. Entry is free.

Exhibition launch
Thursday 5 May 5pm
The Q Exhibition Space Queanbeyan