Artists Jane and Heather put a little colour in hospital visits

DARK DAYS BRIGHTENED: The colouring-in book produced by Central West artists for patients, staff and visitors to Parkes and Forbes hospitals.
DARK DAYS BRIGHTENED: The colouring-in book produced by Central West artists for patients, staff and visitors to Parkes and Forbes hospitals.

A PAIR of Orange artists have contributed stencils to a colouring-in book which will entertain sick and visiting youngsters to Parkes and Forbes hospitals.

Jane Tonks and Heather Pike, along with eight other artists from the Arts OutWest region, were asked to contribute two art works each to the book, which aims to increase activities for patients, visitors and even staff.

Titled ‘Colour’, the free colouring-in book has been designed to provide a calming, mindful activity for those who spend time in hospital.

Arts OutWest arts and health coordinator Christine McMillan said the artists were given a simple brief.

“[They] imagined a colouring-in book that they would like to colour,” Ms McMillan said.

“One that provides diverse opportunities, a variety of styles and is representative of local artist’s work.”

The outlines reflect each of the artist’s styles, including four works from Aboriginal artists.

Other artists with work featured in ‘Colour’ are Melissa Barber of Canowindra, Eryn Mullins (Condobolin), Shani Nottingham (Cowra), Karen Tooth (Condobolin), Scott Towney (Peak Hill), Bob Sutor (Lithgow) and Parkes pair Robert Clegg and Robyn Morrissey.

The limited print run of ‘Colour’ will be available free of charge, with small packets of coloured pencils at the Parkes and Forbes Hospitals for staff, visitors and patients.

Purchases of ‘Colour’ are also be available from Arts OutWest by phoning (02) 6338 4657 or emailing artsoutwest@csu.edu.au.

The ‘Colour’ project is an Arts OutWest and Lachlan Health Service Culture and Arts initiative.