Flood-affected artists take vital steps to recovery

The first artists’ forum held since Lismore’s devastating floods brought over 200 creatives together to begin mapping their future.

As Arts Northern Rivers CEO Jane Fuller reflects on the organisation’s recent hosting of the region’s first Creative Recovery Forum in Lismore, she summarises it simply: ‘It absolutely had to happen’.

Five months after the devastating natural disaster which left large numbers of artists in Lismore and surrounding regions without studio space (some also lost their homes) and many local arts businesses with perished assets (many are yet to re-open) feelings of trauma are still at the surface.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).