A tailored creative recovery program for people affected by the 2020 bushfires in the Wangaratta region.
The Spark Bushfire Recovery project has been a 12 month community recovery project delivered by the Wangaratta Art Gallery. Nature journaling workshops, weaving workshops and a community choir provided opportunities for the Wangaratta community to explore their relationship to nature and their connection to community in the aftermath of the 2020 bushfires. The Spark project has focused on bushfire prevention and strengthening community resilience through learning about Indigenous Caring for Country practices. A virtual reality film about local Bpangerang cultural burning practices has been produced as a part of this project. The first of its kind in Australia the virtual reality film immerses viewers in the Wangaratta bush and shares local indigenous cultural knowledge.
"The Spark program has been created with the Wangaratta community at its core, keeping in mind the impact of the bushfires and the pandemic on our community. Spark hopes to create positive experiences for people to reconnect with each other."
Annie Brien - Arts Recovery Program Officer
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.