Dragonfly colouring sheet launched for NAIDOC Week

The front of the colouring sheet featuring Leanne Tobin's artwork

Artist Leanne Tobin’s Dance of the Dragonflies has been adapted to a colouring-in sheet. The Westmead Redevelopment project team are getting ready to get creative and colour-in at an event during NAIDOC Week.

The Westmead Redevelopment project’s director of communications and engagement Emma Spillett said: “in the lead-up to NAIDOC Week, it’s a great chance to show off Leanne’s exciting artwork while celebrating the knowledge, diversity and creativity of our Aboriginal community.”

The colouring sheet features swirling dragonflies. The dragonfly emerged as an important symbol for Westmead, following discussions with staff, Aboriginal Elders and the community. The dragonfly is a symbol of transformation and healthy environments.

This information was passed onto artist Leanne Tobin, who created an artwork called Dance of the Dragonflies.

“Our project team are looking forward to the upcoming colouring session and we will roll-out this sheet at a number of events in the coming months,” Emma said.

Download your own colouring sheet.

Share your colouring with us. Tag @westmeadredev Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or you can send it to us at WSLHD-WestmeadProject@health.nsw.gov.au.

Colouring event

During NAIDOC Week the Westmead Redevelopment team is running a colouring-in session for staff, researchers and students.

  • Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018
  • Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm - drop in at any time
  • Location: The Huddle, Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC) level 1, Westmead Hospital
  • About: Staff, researchers and students are invited to join members of the Westmead Redevelopment project team as they colour-in an early version of Aboriginal artist Leanne Tobin’s Dance of the Dragonflies.
  • More information: Read about Leanne’s artwork. If you wish to bring your own pencils, feel free. Otherwise, we will have pencils and textas on hand for you to use. Contact us for more information about the event.
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Not necessary

Find out about other events happening during NAIDOC Week 2018.

Watch the video

Watch artist Leanne Tobin discuss the importance of dragonflies to many Aboriginal people. You can also watch this on our YouTube channel.

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