Looking up and around

the first anniversary of the Black Summer bushfires

18 December 2020 – 28 February 2021


title image: Looking up and around by Ky Whelan


There is no question that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone around the nation.  For Eden and surrounding areas, the year began facing the Black Summer bushfires approaching from the south and the north. Small villages such as Wonboyn, Kiah, Pericoe, Towamba and Wyndham (amongst others) faced the threat head on, with Kiah alone losing 40 homes.

This special exhibition brings together artworks, photographs and fire affected objects to reflect on the emotional experiences of the district, and creative responses to the event.

The hopeful title of this exhibition comes from a bright artwork created by then 8-year-old Towamba artist, Ky Whelan.  What began as ‘art days’ facilitated by Towamba artist, Vicki McCredie, evolved into what is now the Towamba Fireflies collection of over 60 paintings.  Looking up and around showcases around ten pieces that convey the loss, environmental impact and rebuilding of place – and hope – as interpreted by children from 5 to 11 years of age.


The full collection of paintings can be seen below:-


If you would like to support the Towamba Public School P&C, prints can be ordered using the order form on the link below and emailing to towambafireflies@outlook.com

Fireflies Prints Order Form

Fireflies Art Card Order Form

Listen to more local experiences of the Black Summer Fires here –  Courtesy of ABC South East NSW