Students explore important topics through art
May is 'Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month'. To raise awareness of these issues within the Gladstone Region, the LOVE BiTES Program was started by the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence Committee (CCRDFV). They commenced rolling out the LOVE BiTES program 4 years ago with the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum proudly displaying the artwork for the past 3 years.
The interactive program focuses on the development of respectful relationships through domestic and family violence and sexual assault awareness. The artworks produced during the program, by over 760 local high school students, are now on display at the Gallery & Museum for the month of May.
The exhibition includes over 350 artworks, shown on paper, canvas and via digital displays.
"A massive thank you to the students who submitted work into the exhibition, as a collective they deliver a powerful and pertinent message," said Jo Duke, Curator, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.
The LOVE BiTES Program aims to break intergenerational cycles of domestic and family violence and stop the increasing rates of sexual assault.
“By attending the program students become actively involved in raising awareness about these issues,” said Sergeant Vicki Dredge, Chairperson of the CCRDFV.
If you need to speak to someone or report family violence, there is a 24 hour/7 days State-wide Domestic Violence Hotline available, phone 1800 811 811 (Womensline) or 1800 600 636 (Mensline). In an emergency, always dial 000.
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday.