The Creative Recovery Network is a not-for-profit Australian organisation that secures and promotes the critical role of the arts in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts.

Typically an afterthought when planning community recovery, the Creative Recovery Network aims to get arts and culture sector a ‘seat at the table’ when the responses are being planned. We demonstrate the value and importance of integrating arts and culture into disaster recovery from the ground up. We are the arts-ambulance ready to respond.

The Creative Recovery Network is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Creative Recovery Network acknowledges the country, culture and traditional custodians of the land upon which we walk, work and live. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future of Indigenous nations in Australia and abroad. We acknowledge that Australian Aboriginal sovereignty was never ceded.
+61 423 987 207

PO Box 101, Annerley QLD 4103


Ensuring collaboration, partnerships and a place at the table for the arts within emergency management

Like many other countries, Australia is increasingly beset by natural disasters such as floods, fires and droughts, which leave deep scars in our landscape and communities. In Australia, arts and culture are typically an afterthought in the context of emergency preparedness and response. Yet, artists nationally and across the globe are playing an increasingly vital role in supporting community resilience, preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.

The Creative Recovery Network works to demonstrate the value and importance of arts and culture in building disaster resilient communities from the ground up so that arts and culture are given a ‘seat at the table’ when preparedness and response are being planned.

“A disaster resilient community is one that works together to understand and manage the risks that it confronts. Disaster resilience is the collective responsibility of all sectors of society, including all levels of government, business, the non-government sector and individuals. If all these sectors work together with a united focus and a shared sense of responsibility to improve disaster resilience, they will be far more effective than the individual efforts of one sector.”

– National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

How we are championing the cause…

Invitation to the Table

Working with each tier of government – Local, State and Federal – to ensure disaster management plans and funding models explicitly consider and include the arts as a means to both prepare and respond to emergencies.

Brokerage and partnership development

Building, promoting and supporting relationships across artists, communities, and Emergency Management to facilitate sharing of planning tools,  resources, knowledge and skills.

Conferences & Publications 

Promoting the value of Creative Recovery work, sharing the practice and growing awareness of the possibilities of civic growth through this engagement.

Communication & Research

Stimulating critical conversation around the role of arts and culture in disaster management and recovery, supporting the development and sharing of rigorous and sustainable research and education.

Interested in partnership

We’d love to hear from you, get in touch!





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