Arbour Festival – Snowy Valleys

Arbour Festival – Snowy Valleys

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.

Girringun Portraits

Girringun Portraits

Girringun Portraits – Resilience after Yasi

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.

Splashing about in our catchment

Splashing about in our catchment

Splashing about in our catchment

Author: Creative Resilience Alliance and NSF Consulting (Natalie Fisher)

Location: This case study was created as part of an evaluation of the Creative Recovery Pilot Project for Arts Queensland. It illustrates the power of creative education and its ability to help children overcome their fear of rain, following the floods in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley in 2011, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Queensland, Australia

Funding Body: Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts

Description: Primary School and Artists create a claymation to develop positive relationship to rain and the water cycle post Queensland Floods 2011 to overcome student absentism.

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Spierling Family

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Spierling Family

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Spierling Family

Author: Creative Recovery Network

Location: Spierling Family – Lockyer Cut Flowers, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Queensland, Australia

Funding Body: Arts Queensland Creative Recovery Initiative and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Description: Farmers and Artists across Lockyer Valley come together to creatively explore resilience and community identity post the 2011 & 2013 Queensland floods. The Spierling family were one of the farm families who participated. This is the story of their experience.

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project –  Seaton Family

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Seaton Family

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Seaton Family

Author: Creative Recovery Network

Location: Seatonfire Farm – Seatonfire Chilli Chocolate, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Queensland, Australia

Funding Body: Arts Queensland Creative Recovery Initiative and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Description: Farmers and Artists across Lockyer Valley come together to creatively explore resilience and community identity post the 2011 & 2013 Queensland floods. The Seatonfire Farm was one of the farm families who participated. This is the story of their experience.

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