On Fire book

The community book, On Fire will be launched this month.

Event. True to its title, the On Fire Art Project is ablaze with community spirit.

The project, which was the focus of last year’s Art About Town to the theme of Fire, has now been published in a book set to be launched at the end of this month.

Following the bushfires of early 2016, the September art competition was dedicated to acknowledging the extreme weather event and the subsequent impact on community.

For some people the competition was therapy of sorts, allowing them to write, draw, paint or create to the theme. For others it was a time of reflection, looking back on photographs from the fires or recalling memories from those days.

The book captures the intensity of the fires through photographs, artworks and stories – all original works by local people.

On the cover a wallaby peeks from the blackened branches of trees as captured by Marrawah’s Eunice Atkins in the aftermath.

The cost of the book is $10. The project was made possible through federal funding from the Department of Social Services.

The On Fire Art Project will be launched at Circular Head Council on Friday September 29, 5.30pm. After the launch, the book will be available from Circular Head Council, Smithton Newsagency and the Circular Head Chronicle office.

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