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Nambucca artist Nancy Sposato was a successful recipient of a Regional Arts NSW Creative Recovery grant to support creative bushfire recovery programs after the devastating bushfires of 2019 / 2020.

Facilitated by Nancy and Bellingen creative arts therapist Marg Coutts, the Black Bird project invited local community members of the Nambucca Valley to engage in arts practice in response to the bushfires.

The half day workshop provided the opportunity for participants to process, creatively respond and connect with each other, and involved basic physical relaxation exercises, sensory based painting and drawing activities, stream of consciousness creative writing and a shared lunch.

Participants found the program to be very healing and therapeutic allowing for contemplation and connection through their shared experiences.

“When the participants debriefed at the culmination of the reflective creative process, people spoke of the devastation, though what seemed more prominent was a collective focus on the natural regeneration that was occurring around them. Looking out at the fresh buds of life in the landscape seemed to be a great source of internal strength for them.”

Nancy Sposato

See ABC News coverage of this project here. 

Watch a video of the project here.

Images courtesy of Nancy Sposato with thanks to all the artists and community involved. 

This project was funded by Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Fund

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