Right Here Right Now
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In November 2014, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Children & Young People Commissioner, Alasdair Roy, asked every student in every ACT school to draw a portrait of themselves on coloured card, and to write a message under their portrait about why it is important for adults to listen to children & young people.
The Commissioner received 11,500 portraits, from 50 ACT schools. This represents 15% of all ACT school students!
All of the portraits were attached to 700 cardboard boxes, and built into the shape of a double helix.
The helix, which is the shape of human DNA, symbolises the individuality of every child and young person, and was developed by design company Thylacine and local architect, Mark Bruce.
The installation was displayed in the Fitters Workshop in Kingston between the 10th and 12th of April, and was visited by over 700 people.
The ACT Children & Commissioner thanks: Visy, who donated the boxes; the ACT Community Services Directorate and the ACT Education & Training Directorate for their financial support; and all of the volunteers who helped in so many ways.
And, most importantly, thank you to all the thousands of children and young people who made Right Here Right Now such a success!
A short film made by the CYPC about the project can be watched by clicking here.
A short film made by teachers and students from Southern Cross Early Childhood School can be watched by clicking here.
A gallery of images from the Right Here Right Now exhibition can be viewed by clicking here.