Colouring in books distributed to hospitals

Filed : ARTS & HEALTH, In Hospitals, Lachlan Health Service Culture & Arts Program, PAST PROJECTS .

We’ve produced a colouring in book for patients, visitors and staff at Parkes and Forbes Hospitals featuring work by artists from the NSW Central West .

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


“A group of artists imagined a colouring in book that they would like to colour: one that provides diverse opportunities; a variety of styles and is representative of local artist’s work; a book that extends the idea of colouring in,” Arts OutWest arts and health coordinator Christine McMillan said.

“This colouring in book presents a range of options, from very detailed works with hard edged outlines, to sketches which offer open ended possibilities for colouring. Sometimes the colouring need not involve being inside the lines,” Ms McMillan said.

Ten artists from across the Arts OutWest region were asked to contribute two art works each. The designs reflect each of the artist’s unique styles, including four works from Aboriginal artists.

Artists with work featured in Colour are:

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 will be available from Arts OutWest: 6338 4657 or The income from sales will support ongoing Arts and Health programs.

The Colour project is an Arts OutWest and Lachlan Health Service Culture and Arts initiative as part of the LHS culture and arts program.

The Lachlan Health Services Project team engaged regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest to integrate culture and arts into the Forbes and Parkes Hospital redevelopments. The NSW Government provided $113.7 million to redevelop the Forbes Hospital and build a new Parkes Hospital. A component of this funding was used to help deliver the Lachlan Health Service Culture and Arts program.

Image above, right: Shani Nottingham’s teacup (inexpertly coloured in by Maryanne at Arts OutWest)

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