Out of the Ashes
On January 4th, 2013, a catastrophic bush fire raged through
the communities of Forcett and the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas,
indiscriminately razing and devouring almost everything in its path. It was an
unforgiving and relentless firestorm - fickle to the whim of the wind - a
ferocious inferno leaving only destruction and chaos in its wake. And when it
finally ran out of puff it left a community desolate and devastated - changing
the community’s internal and external landscapes forever.
Although the hurdles remain many and the
healing journey ahead still long and daunting, the community refused to buckle. Instead it chose to rise unbowed like a phoenix from
So many positive changes have occurred since January 2013
and one can sense a softening around the jagged edges of the grief that etch
the landscape and tear at the community’s heart. Spring is finally here and
with it miraculous changes. The community at last can feel the warmth of the
sun on its face.
‘Out of the Ashes’ not only documents these miraculous changes, it is also a testament to the
formidable strength of a community, the resilience of the human spirit and the
incredible healing power of the creative process.
Out of the Ashes showcases photographic
images from members of the community, drawings from children evacuated at Port
Arthur Historic site and art works by respected local artists Jill Harris, Kris
Schaffer and Cate Foley Burke and Jeweller Sally Ferrar.
This final chapter of this successful touring exhibition features many new works, displayed across to venues in the Port Arthur area. It is presented by Out on a Limb.
Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site
23 December 2014 - 22 January 2015, 10-4 Daily
(Access to the exhibition is included in the cost of Site entry and free for local community members and residents).
William McHenry & Sons Distillery
Radnor Road, Port Arthur
4-26 January 2015, 10-4 Monday-Saturday