Girringun Portraits – Resilience after Yasi is a film documentary highlighting the understanding of community resilience and preparedness and reconciliation from the perspective of the nine indigenous tribes of the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, in the Cassowary Coast region in Far North Queensland. Fiona Croft mentored emerging indigenous artist, Debra Murray to develop a photographic/story exhibition and this documentary film.
The Wind Phone
Otsuchi is a town that was decimated in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that tore through Japan. The entire area caved in within 30 minutes and 10 percent of the town’s population was killed. But one year before the disaster, Itaru Sasaki installed the phone booth in his garden to help himself move past the death of his cousin. “Because my thoughts couldn’t be relayed over a regular phone line,” Sasaki told This American Life in September. “I wanted them to be carried on the wind.”
The booth has since become the “wind phone” and has become a sort of pilgrimage for those dealing with the death of a loved one.
The Banksia Initiative
The Banksia Initiative is an informal cross disciplinary alliance of researchers, educators and artists providing information, strategies and resources to support classroom teachers and communities in recovery from the bushfires.
The Initiative was formed in January 2020 from a shared understanding of the international evidence confirming the vital role schools play in individual, community and national recovery from disaster.
Chartwheels Project 2009 – 2012
After the impact of the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria the Royal Children’s Hospital and Berry Street developed the Cartwheels Project. Working with artists, teachers and healthcare workers a series of programs where activated in schools to help children and families to feel better about themselves and to find creative solutions to life’s challenges. Students actively engaged to explore arts techniques including dance, drama, music, movement, role play, circus, mask-making, mosaic, multimedia, painting, puppetry and poetry to explore mental health issues in highly creative, problem-solving, solution focused, health promoting ways and having fun at the same time… and producing performance and exhibition events combined with all the nearby schools to share and celebrate their diversity and common humanity.