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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 a Community Arts Recovery Project lead by local artist Karma Barnes. Super Rough Seas 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. Community members were invited to submitted images of artworks created in 2020 around the themes of floods-droughts-fires-pandemic. Then over the last two weeks community members have 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.

Karma, who was exhibiting a large scale installation at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Rome just prior to the out break of COVID-19, has been been working throughout the region for the last ten years in the arts and community sectors. The work is exhibiting in Proudfoots Lane for the next two months.

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

Image by Imbi Davidson.

Byron Shire


Byron Shire


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