ABOUT THE PROJECT
Arts Northern Rivers is currently delivering a creative recovery project in the Richmond Valley community of Rappville. In response to the 2019 bushfires, the project has initiated opportunities for residents of the Rappville township and surrounds to share their stories, engage in a range of art activities and workshops and get involved in the creative process.
‘It is a project of both site-specific gifting and restoration, looking into the sense of place, people and stories through the landscape, plants and food that are enjoyed, shared and grown.’ – Charlotte Haywood
Lead-artists Charlotte Haywood and Lyndall Phelps, two renowned multidisciplinary artists who have a strong track record in delivering innovative and community-based work, have spent a large amount of time in Rappville throughout 2021, working alongside community members in the development of permanent and temporary artworks.
‘Each time I visit Rappville I feel more and more attached to the village. It has been a privilege spending time with residents; their resilience, warmth, compassion and humour always shine through.’ – Lyndall Phelps
Through their community engagement and creative workshops, both artists have developed artworks responsive to the local history, landscape, plants and people, culminating in a range of works that are intended to be gifted to the Rappville Community. Community participation in the making of the primary artworks has emerged as an important and vital component of each artists’ creative response.
‘The arts can play a deep, real role in supporting communities and individuals to tackle disasters and the potential of reframing life, landscape and connection beyond the impact.’ – Creative Recovery Network
The project will conclude in 2022 with both artists installing work in the new Rappville Community Hall when it opens in 2022.
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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’.