The Macleay Speak Out 4 Kids Bunting Project is a participatory art project that seeks to creatively engage with Macleay Valley community to speak out and help support the most vulnerable victims of Domestic Violence – young children.
The term bunting refers to a collection of flags. On a ship, the officer responsible for raising signals using flags is known as “bunts”, a term still used for a ship’s communications officer. It is also referred to in the popular lullaby, “Bye Baby Bunting’. In Tibet, buntings – ‘prayer flags’ are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom.
For Child Protection Week in 2013, the Speak Out 4 Kids team worked with primary schools around the Macleay to make colourful buntings. Each child painted their own flag piece using calico and brightly coloured fabric paints. Our wonderful team of volunteers then helped to sew the flags together.
The buntings represented the many voices of our young children speaking out for child protection. Local businesses and community organisations around Kempsey showed their support for our children by proudly displayed the buntings in their shopfronts.
It was a wonderful show of community strength, joined together to Speak Out 4 Kids and help them to grow up safe from harm.
Check out photos of the local Kempsey community below taking part in our Macleay Speak Out Kids Bunting Project! A big thank you to all those involved!