Recovery Celebration Hope
Not far from from the charred silence where the iconic Sugar Pines Plantation once stood in the Snowy Valleys NSW, is the Pilot Hill Arboretum. It is a place every bit as grand, and it survived the flames.
For 50 days in 2020-21 the Arboretum, and nearby towns, were energised with artworks and events. The Multi-Artform Festival was designed to gather a community in celebration, memory and growth one year one from the Dunns Road fire, one of the many impactful events in what came to be call the Black Summer.
A year after the loss of the iconic Sugar Pink Walk an invitation was given to come together at Pilot Hill Arboretum to take part in a quiet and intimate remembrance.
Arbour Festival was a project by the mountains, for the mountains. The key artists involved in the project were bushfire-affected artists from the region impacted by the Dunns Road fire. The project’s curator, Vanessa Keenan, has won awards for her work on disaster-recovery projects, and herself sheltered from the flames of the Dunns road fire.
The project is coordinated by the team at Eastern Riverina Arts, an organisation with more than two decades experience leading community art projects.
For 50 days in a forest clearing, from 28 December 2020, surrounded by soaring trees that survived the blaze, visitors will be able to experience ephemeral Installation Artworks in a variety of traditional and contemporary mediums.
Leading local bushfire-affected artists will be front and centre in transforming the Pilot Hill Arboretum.
A curated series of workshops, talks and adventures will take place to plant new ideas and give visitors a reason to take a summer holiday in the mountains.