Clay for Australia

For some context, towards the end of 2019, the Australian Government disbanded the Department of Communications and Arts. They decided to reduce and restructure their departments from 18 to 14. Moving into 2020, Australia’s $111+million creative and cultural industry would be an unrecognised part of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. Here’s an SBS article for more info. 

So when I saw this on IG this morning by Emma Gardner, it kinda summed up what we, inside the creative and cultural bubble know to be true:

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Arts contribute. Creatives empathically respond.

I don’t know about your social feeds, but mine have been filled with makers directly donating creations or offering their work to auctions, fundraisers and gigs to raise money for and awareness about our current Australian bushfire season.

Posted on Jan 2nd, the infographic below from Statista helped me better understand the scale of the fires as a visual processor:

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Credit to: https://www.australianceramics.com/2020/01/06/fire-news-jan-2019

Amidst the devastation, The Australian Ceramics Association has been active in sharing information about the potters and studios directly affected by the bushfires and some of the direct donation options.

The original purpose of the post was to share a couple clay related fundraisers that you might be interested in contributing to and/or participating in. So, to that end…

Clay for Australia

Conceived by ceramic artist, Vipoo Srivilasa, Clay for Australia follows on from a series of four previous “Clay for….” global fundraisers that have provided a platform for clay workers from around the world to support worthwhile philanthropic or charitable causes. The sales will commence on the 24th of January, and conclude the following week on the 31st.

Art and Creative Auction

Ruth Ribeaucourt is hosting the Art and Creative Auction (with proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross) on IG. Makers around the world have donated wearable art, prints, photos, sculptures, paintings, walking tours and Ben Richardson from @ridgelinepottery is even offering a Ridgeline Experience (two nights accommodation with breakfast in our boutique apartment, with one full days equivalent tuition, tailored to the bidder’s individual interests)!

These are only two options to help donate to the organisations and services that are supporting the firefighters, the wildlife and the locals affected. There are so many more out there.

While it’s been a horrible end/start to 2019-2020 for so many Australians, seeing such a creative and compassionate outpouring has been uplifting and heartening. I wish that our Government would more fully embrace these characteristics in 2020 and beyond.