Out of the Ashes returns this summer to the Port Arthur Historic Site

Michael Smith hangs Out of the Ashes exhibition in the Asylum at Port Arthur

Out of the Ashes Exhibition

Following the devastating bush fires on the Forestier & Tasman Peninsulas near Port Arthur in January 2013, the community rose like a phoenix ‘Out of the Ashes’. 

The resulting exhibition, a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the healing power of the creative process, has been touring Tasmania for the past year. It makes a final, welcome return this summer.

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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 the ashes.

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.

Photography exhibition
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).

Art exhibition
William McHenry & Sons Distillery

Radnor Road, Port Arthur 4-26 January 2015, 10-4 Monday-Saturday

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