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Arts Northern Rivers will deliver an artist-led placemaking project in 2021 contributing to the creative recovery of Rappville – a Richmond Valley community devastated by bushfires in October 2019. The project outcome will deliver a public engagement event designed to build sustainable cultural tourism in the town, delivering ongoing benefits for the local community and wider creative sector of NSW.

Bringing big visions into a small community, the project will engage Charlotte Haywood and Lyndall Phelps, two renowned multidisciplinary artists who have a strong track record in delivering innovative and community-based work. The two lead artists will work collaboratively with the Rappville community to develop a creative response to the devastation, resilience and future of this tight-knit community.


“Creative recovery projects are an important part of a healing process and can attract genuine community engagement and participation. We congratulate Arts Northern Rivers on this funding success and look forward to exciting outcomes for Rappville”.


- Cr Robert Mustow, Mayor, Richmond Valley.

Throughout 2021, the project will be delivering a range of creative workshops for the Rappville Community including; drawing, photography, plant identification, poetry, tree plantings and more!  

October will see the culmination of the project, unveiling exhibitions, installations and a range of creative events throughout Rappville. 

upcoming events 



Exhibit your photos as part of the project this October. 


Deadline for submitting images is 31 August 2021. 

Send your images to: 

Imbi Davidson | 

Lead artists for the Rappville Creative Recovery Project are Charlotte Haywood and Lyndall Phelps. Both artists have a long history of working with communities to deliver innovative, exciting and engaging art projects. 

Charlotte Haywood lives regionally in Northern NSW on Bundjalung Country. She is an experimental interdisciplinary artist working across the senses; exploring themes and practices from pop to the primordial. She seeks cultural and linguistic nuances of the body and the landscape to decrypt and unfold multi-narratives. She creates works that thread disparate narratives of time, culture and place through the use of materiality, process, form and motif; from the botanical and historical to future nostalgia.

Lyndall Phelps currently lives in Northern NSW and is originally from Casino.  Her art practice is driven by a fascination and curiosity in the world around us; from the places she has visited to the people met. She is an enthusiast of many things, with an inquiring mind and a working methodology similar to an amateur Victorian collector. This has resulted in a strongly process-based practice, which explores and celebrates particular contexts or specific sites. In early 2020 Lyndall began a Doctor of Visual Arts at Griffith University titled ‘Artist as Collector and Creator of Collections’.




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For more information contact:

Imbi Davidson | Project Manager, Arts Northern Rivers | | 02 6621 4433 

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