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Devastating Bushfire Forces Cancellation of Art Unlimited

Image: Home reduced to rubble in Uarbry, east of Dunedoo; courtesy of Jessica Kidd, ABC News.
As a result of the catastrophic bushfires around Dunedoo and the large numbers of people in the district badly affected, the Art Unlimited committee has made the decision to cancel the 2017 event.

Members of the organising committee believe the immediate priority for the community is to focus energy and resources on measures to assist in recovery from the devastation. It will take many months for infrastructure destroyed to be replaced and volunteer efforts will be concentrated on helping those who have lost homes, livestock, farmland, crops, fencing, machinery and farm buildings.

Art Unlimited requires a big volunteer commitment in a small community. The managing of hundreds of entries, set-up and manning of the 10-day exhibition, organising the opening night event, putting in place ancillary attractions such as workshops and demonstrations, co-ordinating  sponsorship, judging and promotion – all call for a huge community effort.

Speaking on behalf of the Art Unlimited committee, Penny Stevens said: “The committee very much regrets having to take this decision but is doing so believing that the artists, photographers and ceramicists who support Art Unlimited will appreciate the need for the Dunedoo district to focus on assisting people who have lost so much.”

Dunedoo Lions Club which presents Art Unlimited has launched an appeal to aid bushfire victims in the area. Every cent from donations will be distributed to victims quickly and efficiently. Tax deductible donations to this appeal can be made to: Lions Club of Dunedoo NSW Bushfire Account; BSB: 032653; account number: 313385.

Art Unlimited has been held in Dunedoo each year since 2008 and is one of regional Australia’s most highly-regarded and well-supported arts events. It will be held again in May 2018.