Making space for collective healing through the regions

Rebus Theatre brought together 15 artists to embark on collective journeys to help heal bushfire-devastated communities.
L-R: Project Alchemy artist Sue Norman and Colleen Weir, collaborators on 'Nye River of Life'. Norman has short grey hair and she is holding up the cover of her book, featuring rows of different colours. Weir is speaking and gesturing towards the book. They are booth sitting down behind a table covered with black cloth.

In 2022, Canberra-based Rebus Theatre launched Project Alchemy, an initiative that brings artists together from Bega Valley Shire, Eurobodalla Shire, East Gippsland, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and the ACT to heal collectively after the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/20.

Three artists were selected from each region and worked together through the residency for the last year on a series of cross-disciplinary arts projects. The exhibition Alchemy, opening 23 February at the Queanbeyan Hive Gallery in NSW, signals the final coming together of these projects and the benefits they have brought to local communities.

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