In response to the bushfires that significantly impacted communities in the East Gippsland region, East Gippsland Art Gallery (EGAG) initiated a program to assist community members who had suffered trauma as a result of the fires. The gallery's Regenerate | RestART | Renew program is based around the concept that art is always a form of healing. Working with Arts Therapist, Andrea Farley, the gallery developed a program to help deal with both the immediate need and a longer term response to healing trauma. The gallery offered casual drop-in art-based activities at the local library with a series of workshops to commence in a few weeks time in areas identified as having suffered the most including Bruthen, Orbost, Cann River and Mallacoota.
The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.