Right Here Right Now is an initiative of the ACT Children & Young People Commissioner to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the importance of children and young people as active participants contributing to the Canberra community.
All 70,000 students from every government and non-government school in Canberra and the Jervis Bay Territory have been invited to create a self-portrait in one of a rainbow spectrum of colours, and to write a message on the portrait about why it is important for adults to listen to children and young people.
The self-portraits and messages will be then assembled by school students into a large scale, interactive public artwork, to be built in the Fitters Workshop, Kingston, in Youth Week 2015. Construction of the artwork will be filmed and turned into a commemorative book, and the project has been officially recognised by the United Nations, as well as Child Rights Connect.
The installation will then be opened to the public in a formal launch on 10 April 2015, to coincide with the first day of Youth Week, and will remain on display for public viewing over the weekend.
Right Here Right Now was launched by the ACT Minister for Children & Young People, Mick Gentleman MLA, and the Children & Young People Commissioner, Alasdair Roy, at Turner School on 20 November 2014.
For more information about the ACT Children & Young People Commissioner, visit: http://www.ACTkids.act.gov.au