Spark. Bushfire recovery through art.


Bitja Wokka (Fire Country) - Virtual Reality Film

29  - 31 July | Gallery 2

The Spark Bushfire Recovery project has been a 12 month community recovery project delivered by the Wangaratta Art Gallery. Nature journaling workshops, weaving workshops and a community choir provided opportunities for the Wangaratta community to explore their relationship to nature and their connection to community in the aftermath of the 2020 bushfires. The Spark project has focused on bushfire prevention and strengthening community resilience through learning about Indigenous Caring for Country practices. 


A virtual reality film about local Bpangerang cultural burning practices has been produced as a part of this project. The first of its kind in Australia the virtual reality film immerses viewers in the Wangaratta bush and shares local indigenous cultural knowledge. The Virtual Reality film and artwork from the Spark workshops will be showcased for the Wangaratta community to come and see.

Darren Atkinson at the Cultural burn. Image© Richard Iskov.