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These workshops were brought together by visual artists Jack Hodges and Alejandra Ramirez for youth aged between 18 and 25 in Bowraville. Textiles, writing, drawing and storytelling were used as mediums to share their lived experiences in response the bushfires and Covid-19 pandemic.

A community-based approach was used to build community resilience through reflecting on experiences and learning from those challenging experiences, to honour their impact and not to pretend like nothing happened. Collecting stories, recipes, poems and visuals and putting them in a collaborative zine to enable creative expression and empower the participants.

During the workshop participants expressed themselves through artworks, words and interactions particularly focused on the bushfires and COVID 19. Many of these highlighted the trauma and emotion that remains with people even a number of years on from the disasters.

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