Looking forward, looking back – 10th anniversary of the 2009 bushfires

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Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

An art exhibition at the Great Hall in South Morang this February will be one of many community events marking the 10th anniversary of the 2009 bushfires.

The exhibition, Reflectionslooking forward, looking back, includes a selection of art works (from Council’s cultural collection) made by local artists in the 10 years since 2009. The display will also include poetry by local writers, video and art created in community recovery projects locally over the past decade.

An exciting feature is a tall tree sculpture that will be created in the gallery as the centrepiece of Reflections. Visitors to the Great Hall from 1-11 February will see artists at work, weaving a tree of love from natural materials. Visitors to the exhibition can also write messages on pieces of fabric and weave these into the tree trunk.

Handmade paper leaves embedded with the seeds of yellow flowering plants, have been made in community centres during January. These are available in local libraries and community centres until Feb 8th and in the exhibition throughout February for people to write personal reflections. They can then take their leaves home to plant or leave them in the baskets provided to be added to the tree sculpture as part of a community event, Growth, later in February designed to acknowledge the community’s journey over the past 10 years.

The Looking Forward, Looking Backward exhibition at the Great Hall, Civic Centre, will be open during the month of February from 10am-4pm.

Leaves will be placed on the sculptural tree of love during a community gathering on Tuesday 12 February from 7-8pm at the Great Hall. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

There are several community events planned around the township of Whittlesea including:

Community Gather Supportive Space - Whittlesea Library will be supplying light refreshments and providing a casual lounge area for the community to gather and support each other all day on Thursday 7 February.

Art Activities for Community – simple activities are on offer in the Whittlesea Community Garden from 10am-5pm on Thursday 7 February. Anyone of any age or ability is welcome to drop in and stay for a short while or longer.

Community Remembrance Service - Whittlesea Community Garden in Laurel Street, Whittlesea, on the anniversary - Thursday 7 February at 6.45pm.

Commemorative Service - Toorourrong Reservoir Park, 120 Jacks Creek Road - Saturday 9 February at 9am.