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May 12, 2021

Traversing the Super Rough Seas in Murwillumbah

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The Super Rough Seas Project under construction.

The Super Rough Seas Project is a new and vibrant street art montage that has been installed at the M.Arts Precinct, in Murwillumbah.

The project is an Community Arts Recovery Project lead by local artist Karma Barnes which explores a narrative around how we may all be in the same ocean, but our boats are all different shapes and capacities and brings together our community stories of our compounded experiences throughout the pandemic, recent fires, droughts and floods.

A hundred community members from around the Northern Rivers contributed to the project, including regional artists, artists with disabilities and youth, with ages ranging from between 4 and 78 years of age.

Artist Karma Barnes and the completed mural in Proudfoots Lane Murwillumbah.

Community members were invited to submitted images of artworks created in 2020 around the themes of floods-droughts-fires-pandemic. Then over two weeks community members created paintings of boats at a community
arts workshop at M.Arts around what self-care tools we can take from our experiences of 2020 into the unknown waters of 2021 to keep our selves, families & communities strong.

So take a stroll down Proudfoots Lane to check out the work that will be on exhibition for the next two months, you’ll need to visit more than once to take in all the details.

The project was supported by a Micro-Grant through Arts Northern Rivers.

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