Digital Archive

From Ashes To Art: Digital Archive of Arts Recovery

This permanent, digitally produced record of the Kinglake Ranges arts-led recovery from the 2009 bushfires has been established for use by artists, organisations and communities to enable the development of future programs to facilitate arts recovery projects. We would like to thank FRRR for funding the project and recognise the support of Regional Arts Victoria in its development.

The Digital Archive for Arts Recovery has endeavoured to capture and preserve the Kinglake Ranges journey of arts-led recovery and provide an insight into the hearts and minds of its artists as they struggled to support their community in the darkest of times.

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Arts-Led Recovery

Artists as storytellers can provide a therapeutic, uplifting response to the stressful, emotional trauma experienced post disaster and communities such as Kinglake are testament to the impact of arts in recovery. By re-establishing its identity and culture, the Kinglake Ranges community recognises the vital role arts play in regeneration and as a tool to aid recovery.

By preserving and protecting this historical data which provides overwhelming evidence of the positive outcomes resulting from an arts-led recovery, our hope is that it can have a major influence on the design and implementation of future arts recovery projects in other disaster affected communities and be a source of knowledge and inspiration for future generations.

Michelle Bolmat has collected images and researched the history of arts related events in the Kinglake Ranges post 2009 bushfires. To view the Digital Archive for Arts Recovery – additional images and documentation click the button below.


Want to order a Book?

This book is a gift to those who would like a copy. Free to collect from Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House or postage can be arranged for a fee.

Ashes to Art Book Order

Project Partners

Thanks to the artists and organisations that have supported and contributed to this project and to the Kinglake Ranges community.
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