‘“Our community is small, but our spirit is strong”: How art forms the heart of Cobargo’s Black Summer fires recovery

Jen Webb, Rhonda Ayliffe

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Abstract

On December 31 2019, the catastrophic fires burning across southeastern Australia reached the small South Coast NSW town of Cobargo in the form of the Badja Forest Road Fire. Cobargo became, to quote The Times, “the symbol of a country […] in crisis”. Creative thinking and practice are at the heart of the healing process.

Although many of Cobargo’s creative practitioners lost their homes, studios and businesses, they have been prominent in this task of recovery, rebuilding their community at the same time as rebuilding their own practices.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2022

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