Embers of Empathy

Twelve Australian artists turn to charcoal from last year’s bushfires to create emotive works that build a future.
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Last October (2013) the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, were ravaged by bush fires. Across the region, 193 homes were destroyed and an estimated $71.3 million was lost in tourism revenue over the next six weeks, according to a report by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise. Businesses and people alike are still recovering.

To lend their support and to raise awareness of the struggles people are facing in the fires’ aftermath, 12 artists have partnered with the Australian Red Cross in a project called Embers of Empathy.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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