Blue Mountains Breathing Space was talked about back in February after the bushfires. The Blackheath Business Chamber were hoping to see tourists return to the Mountains, and Lis Bastian from the Big Fix suggested that Art could play a role in healing and bringing people back to the Mountains. There was even a word proposed for this: RegenerArt
Illuminart were inspired to help and began working on some ideas to help the community with projection and our idea was to bring people together to remind them that the Blue Mountains villages are resilient, resourceful, caring places and our strength as a community will help us get through. Also we felt that having a chance for people to share their photos, thoughts and feelings in the projection would be a good collective way to help build hope and courage as we face a Summer after fires. So Breathing Space became about taking a breath, pausing and reflecting on this together, before the next bushfire season came apon us.
Before we could fully realise the project or find community arts funding support, the entire country went into “Lockdown”. As we already work from home studios we continued to work on the project and eventually we translated the original idea into a project where people could participate in this project from home or school.
Thanks to the amazing support of the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre we are also able to offer help to those who want assistance with drawings or scanning things in.
Through the use of the contribution form, people can send in photos and other creative responses to the themes, and digital artists will help animate these. Also there is a template enabling children to colour in and create ideas at school or at home. And you can talk to BANC staff for help with this if you need information or guidance.
The projections themselves at this stage are no fixed date but we are hopeful of projecting onto the Victory Theatre in September or October, to ensure that our message of hope can be appreciated by the community in the lead up to the fire season.
This project is made possible through the support of Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, The Blue Mountains City Council and illuminart.
Our project is supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW’s 2020 Regional Event Fund program.
We also wish to acknowledge BMEE, The Big Fix and the Blackheath business community for your encouragement to do this project.