Artists and Arts Organisations Taking Action to Support Bushfire Relief

As bushfires continue to burn, Australia’s art communities are rallying, giving, making and facilitating with generosity and general amazingness. 

Image: Jess Harwood ‘The Wild Bushfire Brigade’ (2020 edit). @JessHarwoodArt

This is a short list of relief offerings and opportunities to help from within our community. It is not a definitive list, if you know of any efforts being made within the art sector to provide help and funds to those suffering as a result of the fires, please contact us at nava@visualarts.net.au

How can I contribute?

RESCUE CRAFT CO

Rescue Craft Co is a community action group developed to help community come together and make, craft and provide necessary items for the injured animals from the fires. They are providing resources to help you make up your own pouches, mittens, birds nests, bat wraps, knitted blankets and hanging baskets for animals affected by the bushfires.

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CLAY FOR AUSTRALIA

Clay for Australia is a global fundraising project aimed at assisting those directly impacted by the Australian bushfires. Initiated by ceramic artist, Vipoo Srivilasa, it follows on from a series of three previous "Clay for....” fundraisers that have provided a platform for clay workers from around the world to support worthwhile philanthropic and charitable causes. 

Artists can also contribute work to this effort.

The project is open now and will conclude 31 January.

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ARTISTS MAKING FUTURES: BUSHFIRE APPEAL

SA Arts for a Cause, a group of South Australian artists fundraising for political and environmental change, launch Artists Making Futures: Bushfire Appeal. Artists can donate work to the art auction and art sale hosted by Holy Rollers Studios 9 February 2020. Proceeds will be donated to Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation and WWF Australia Wildlife and Nature Recovery.

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What can I purchase that will see my funds donated?

HOME BUSHFIRE RELIEF AUCTION

National Art School is hosting an auction of more than 60 leading and emerging contemporary artists on 12 February 2020, a preview of the work can be seen online now. All proceeds will be donated to WWF Australia, Climate Council and Firesticks Alliance.

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CHINA HEIGHTS

China Heights, in Surry Hills, is hosting a Bushfire Silent Auction on 31 January. All profits will be donated to WIRES and Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.

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ART 4 CLIMATE JUSTICE

Art 4 Climate Justice is an artist fundraiser hosted on Instagram where all proceeds go to Fire Relief for First Nations Communities and SEED Mob.

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FIRE FIGHT EXHIBITION

Nishi Gallery in Canberra is hosting a silent auction that will run from opening night on 30 January, to 29 February, with proceeds going directly to WIRES.

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SUNDOWN AT MCCLELLAND

A music and art event held in a bush environment at the McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery on 8 February

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ART AID GIPPSLAND

A selection of artworks will be displayed at Gippsland Art Gallery from 15 February to 15 March culminating in an auction on the final day.

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ART SCHOOLS FOR FIRE RELIEF

Margaret Lawrence Gallery in collaboration with artists from Deakin University, Monash University, RMIT University and VCA, University of Melbourne are hosting a sale of donated works of art by some of Australia’s leading artists.

Works of art start at $500 with sales opening 30 January, in gallery and over the phone.

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CREATIVE RELIEF SOCIETY

Creative Relief Society will hold an exhibition of artist donated work for sale 7 February in Brisbane.

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MAKE IT RAIN

Go in the raffle to win over 15K worth of prizes from Australian Makers, Designers and Artists. Raffle drawn on 7 February.


HOME: Bushfire Relief Art Auction Fundraiser

An art auction and fundraiser aimed to raise significant funds for the people and animals that have been devastated in the bushfires, 12 February 2020 at National Art School, Sydney.

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ARTISTS TO THE RESCUE

A silent art auction and artist talk at TAP Art Gallery until 8 February 2020 with all proceeds going to bushfire relief charities.

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ARTISTS MAKING FUTURES: BUSHFIRE APPEAL

SA Arts for a Cause, a group of South Australian artists fundraising for
political and environmental change, launch Artists Making Futures: Bushfire Appeal. An art auction and art sale hosted by Holy Rollers Studios 9 February 2020. Proceeds will be donated to Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation and WWF Australia Wildlife and Nature Recovery.

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DESTRUCTION, BEAUTY AND HOPE

This Victorian Bushfire Appeal fundraising exhibition running at Montsalvat until 6 March 2020 will donate 100% of artwork sales.

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ORANGE ART SOCIETY FUNDRAISER

Held at the Orange Art Society, buyers can bid for items from local and respected artists from the Central West and beyond on 22 February 2020. 100% of sales go to support the Orange Rural Fire Service.

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Where can I find help?

THE BANKSIA INITIATIVE

The Banksia Initiative is an informal cross disciplinary alliance of researchers, educators and artists providing information, strategies and resources to support classroom teachers and communities in recovery from the bushfires.
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REGIONAL ARTS NSW 

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice and could not be planned for. The program can support creative recovery projects in areas impacted by NSW bushfires.

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REGIONAL ARTS VICTORIA

The Quick Response Grant program has been set up to be responsive to exceptional cultural opportunities or creative recovery projects (in areas impacted by the Victorian bushfires in 2019 and 2020) that may be on offer to artists or community groups. These grants are available throughout the year and applications can be submitted any time between 3 to 12 weeks prior to the activity commencing.

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THE CREATOR INCUBATOR

For an artist displaced or severely affected by the fires, The Creator Incubator is offering a 6 month studio residency and exhibition opportunity.

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What else can I do?

Where it is safe to do so, we encourage all those who can to either travel to rural communities or buy online from rurally based businesses. Communities in Australia affected by drought, flood or fire need as much investment as possible.


BUY FROM THE BUSH

Buy From The Bush features rural businesses that are selling their wares. 

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RURAL COTTAGE CRAFTS

One Day Closer To Rain allows those in rural Australia to sell their home made crafts.

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