“Community Projects offer an opportunity to step outside the comfort zone and be challenged in ways you could never have perceived. They push your art in unexpected directions, and create connections for sharing art’s benefits.”
CREATIVE RECOVERY 2020-
This project started in March 2020 just as Covid lockdowns occurred. 8 Artists were employed by Creative Recovery Network, with Victorian State Govt funding across 3 Shires -
We were given the task to engage with the communities who had been impacted by bushfires across three Shires during the previous year. I was appointed by Cardinia Shire to work with the communities impacted by the Bunyip State Forest Complex fires of March 2019 -
Due to Covid under the guidance of Creative Recovery Network we started with a Postcard drop, to make contact with and find out what would help the community to recover and in what form that might take. We managed to get out into the community a couple of times and made some face to face communication that proved far more successful than the zoom meetings we had tried. Many people still didn’t have computer access and internet was poor in their area.
My ink letterbox drawing was used for the envelop.
Photo by Sue Jarvis. Poem excerpt by Janine Good.
From this phase Sue Jarvis and Janine Good developed a Proposal called “Meeting Place”, presented to Cardinia Shire in September 2020.
The proposal was to creatively develop some existing spaces for more engaging community use
using rock & corten steel in two locations -
Bunyip Complex Fire Community Recovery Project
Tonimbuk Hall – An Outdoor Room with a View…
Janine Good and Sue Jarvis
Cannibal Creek Reserve – Meeting Place of Reflection
Janine Good and Sue Jarvis
THE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
Within the ‘Meeting Place’ Proposal Co-
Janine designed Workshop flyers for these workshops, the first facilitated by local landscaper and experienced drystone wall builder Nicolaas Van Diemen, was run over a weekend in April 2021 plus an additional day in May 2021 for final finishing and cleaning up.
The DRYSTONE WORKSHOP would the longest workshop taking 3 days to complete, the other two workshops were one day each, but the designing of the the panels would take weeks, starting with charcoal drawings made to scale then converted to computer graphics files in contrasting black and white where every white space had to checked for suitability to be a cut hole.
The ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE WORKSHOP at Cannibal Creek Reserve would be a unique community activity for the Garfield North community, making something out of the ordinary from the familiar.
The last workshop was a DESIGN WORKSHOP at Tonimbuk Hall where a series of drawing exercises demonstrated awareness of negative space and silhouettes, relevant to the design principles we would require for creating the panel designs. Many community stories were shared during these workshops and helped develop design content.
Under the expert guidance of local landscaper and drystone builder Nicolaas Van Diemen we made this rock structure designed by Janine Good for community use at Tonimbuk.
The panels I designed below are being installed at Cannibal Creek Reserve while panels designed by Sue Jarvis will accompany the rock structure.
The imagery for Janine’s panels was inspired by local stories and the Eastern Kulin Seasonal Calendar referenced from Museums Victoria. Each panel will stand 1.2m in height made from Corten Steel.
Our project provided gravel paths,installed by the Cannibal Creek Reserve Committee of Management to improve access to the walking track and into the wetlands area where it is now being utilised by community groups like Dardi Munwarro.
PHOTO BELOW: Cardinia Shire
Local resident Garry Burns introduced us the wetlands environment of Cannibal Creek Reserve in 2020.
Cannibal Creek Reserve Committee of Management installed wooden seating at intervals around the Walking Trail to enhance suitability for all visitors.
The three artists appointed for Cardinia Shire.
Diamond Creek Tonimbuk, Meeting Place Proposal cover photo.
MUSIC AND SONG
There were community dinners organised with musical entertainment to help lift spirits and bring people together from the four communities affected by the fires.
Gulsen Ozer, the other artist appointed by Cardinia Shire coordinated singing sessions with Spooky Men’s Chorale leader Stephen Taberner who also wrote a song for the community.
These sessions had a huge impact on those who participated, especially the men.
Local band The Swamp Dogs entertain the community at at Community Dinner event 2020.
SINGING THING WORKSHOPS Gulsen Ozer with Stephen Taberner. Above community participants with Gulsen Ozer and Bronwyn Fleming.
Below: Stephen Taberner at Singing Thing Workshop with community participants. PHOTOS: SUE JARVIS
The community perform their song at a Community Dinner, written by Stephen Taberner during the Singing Thing Workshop sessions. PHOTO: JANINE
ALL PHOTOS BY JANINE GOOD UNLESS SPECIFIED
2021 Seasons of Change Relief Prints
After completing the work for the Creative Recovery Project for Cardinia Shire Council I worked on a series of 6 Linocut prints to correspond with the Corten Steel Panels I had designed. These are my drawings for the designs.
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