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Gumbaynggirr artist Bernard Kelly-Edwards hosted workshops in Sawtell and Toormina across three weekends in August, 2022 supporting people to reflect on their lives through Dawaandi – deriving from the Gumbaynggirr dialect meaning Shadow of Person, Reflection, photo, video, film or TV.

Grounded by his Gumbaynggirr philosophy, these workshops provided a unique opportunity for people to connect to Country, themselves and to each other through a creative process using photography, poetry, music and visual art.

The program culminated in a special evening of spoken word, art discussions and visual projections at The Shed in Toormina where participants could share the creations of the workshops.

Photos: Sara-Jayne Prince Photography

This Creative Recovery project was supported by Arts Mid North Coast and made possible through the joint Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, Resilience NSW and FRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal) 

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