Supporting and developing Creative Recovery work across Australia, showcasing strong practice, relevance and embedded research.

Response can mean many things – Care, comfort, connection, reframing, resilience building, empowerment, re-storying, celebration, memorialising. The arts can play a deep, real role in supporting communities and individuals to tackle disasters and the potential of reframing life, landscape and connection beyond the impact.

In my experience, arts plays a critical, but hugely undervalued role, in this process (disaster recovery).  However, I don’t believe it is art as a spectator activity – it is the participation, the involvement in the creative process that makes the difference.

– Bruce Esplin, Emergency Services Commissioner, Vic 2011

Communities across the world continue to be hit by an unprecedented wave of natural disasters leaving communities on the long road to social, economic and cultural recovery. A growing body of evidence indicates that, particularly in times of community distress, the arts can provide great benefits to personal and community wellbeing, such as increased community cohesiveness, confidence and resilience, improved physical and mental health, reduced feelings of isolation, new personal and creative skills, strengthened connections to place, and a sense of shared optimism.

“Taking time out to be part of such a thing I think although it’s a challenge it’s such a wonderful learning and growing opportunity”

– Linton Brimblecombe, Land Art Project

Arts-led Community Driven Programs

Land Art

Farmers and Artists across Lockyer Valley came together to creatively explore resilience and community identity.

While celebrating creativity and the arts within a rural framework, art projects like this bring together individuals in a supportive social environment and offer a new perspective of our landscape and our interaction with it through the eyes of farmers and artists.

“He cried with us, he celebrated with us. In other words, he got to know us, he got to know our stories where we been where we’re going, where we’ve come from”

– Linton Brimblecombe

Children’s Place

Research into effects of a disaster on community particularly emphasises the gap of support for young people between 0 – 6 years old. This demographic is often overlooked within capacity and psychological support post-disaster, people assuming that they do not have a high need for support. This has resulted in many issues arising for this group as time progresses post-disaster.

We are exploring a framework of engagement and activation for children and young people

“I genuinely believe that if, as a community, we heal the kids, then the kids will heal the family and the family will heal the community.”

– Kinglake resident and police officer, Jason Gaffe

Drought Impact and Resilience Research

Beginning research and partnership development to look into the development of a longditudinal project framework to support communities impacted by drought.

“It’s very subtle but very important, its about feeling emotionally connected to the land that you are on and seeing the beauty of what can be a very hard environment.”

– Janne Dipple, Bare Essentials Farm

Playing Kandanga

Connecting locals – new and old – into the history, culture and people that have created the life and energy of this town through stories and play through the generations.

Engaging playful interactive stories that draw you into our past, our present and our future… Place is crucial to all Australians. It is fundamental to the human sense of self, sense of community, sense of mortality and sense of destiny. In this time of change the Kandanga.

Available on both apple and android device.


Creative Recovery Network is working in partnership with Arts House in the development and presentation of REFUGE.

Refuge explores the role of artists and cultural institutions in times of climate catastrophe. Each year until 2020, we’re bringing together emergency management, artists and local and regional communities to prepare Arts House as a relief centre for 24 hours, in an imagined climate disaster.

Resouce Library

We are building a library of case studies and resources to support the arts sector in preparedness and recovery.


Resource Library

Resource Library


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