Creative Industries Recovery Forum

Creative Industries Recovery Forum

Creative industries from across the Northern Rivers region gathered in July to lay the foundations for a sector-led approach to recovery following the recent flood disaster. Delivered by Arts Northern Rivers, the Forum addressed impacts of isolation, creative business atrophy and positive regional futures. With many creatives asking the question; “where to now?”, this Forum aimed to bring the creative community together, revitalise cohorts and networks and support the Northern Rivers on its path towards a thriving future.

Arts Northern Rivers’ advocacy and support immediately following the disaster resulted in over $220,000 delivered in direct rapid response funding to individual flood affected creatives. Through this response, a sector wide snapshot of the direct impact was gained, documenting financial losses and damage from both independent creatives and organisations across the region. One of the key insights gained is the need for the creative industries to come together as a sector.

In response to this, the Forum’s main objective was to provide practical support for priority areas of the recovery of the creative industries to bolster the sustainable recovery and rebuild agenda of the entire region. As part of the medium-term flood recovery strategy, this two-day regional Forum brought together the creative industry to develop a future road map for longer term recovery.

The event designed a recovery map in real time using Open Space methodology. The event was accessible, and trauma informed, bringing a range of mental health and community services together to form a safe space for relationship building and connection.


Download the Book of Proceedings. – This document is a recording of all topics discussed during the forum. All notes and opinions presented within this paper have been presented exactly as penned by those contributors at the Forum.

Stay tuned for further event outcomes.

Image | Mitch King photographed by Kate Holmes