CREATIVES FOR REGENESIS

DARUG, GUNDUNGURRA AND WIRADJURI COUNTRY

P R O J E C T S

Creatives for Regenesis

Through Regenesis BMCAN is seeking to harness the creative energies of the community-based arts and culture sector to tell the new story of regenerative living. Linked to the Blue Mountain City Council’s Planetary Health Initiative and the work of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, this story is reshaping policy frameworks from agriculture and economics to health, urban and community planning and environmental management.

REIMAGINE—THE REGENESIS JOURNEY

BMCAN is partnering with the Planetary Health Initiative on a workshop and exhibition in September 2022 that will celebrate the conclusion of our REIMAGINE project with Janelle Randall-Court. It will combine film, video interviews with waste-to-art workshop participants, a presentation on how the Planetary Health program is creating a regenerative society in the Blue Mountains, inner transformation work on how non-Indigenous Australians can re-imagine our connection to Country, and a call to action from all creatives to create a new ‘walking together’ story of REGENESIS for Australia’s future.

Barbara Lepani Launches the WMC Publishing Arm!

Barbara has launched her first two self-published books including her memoir, Call of the Dakini: A Memoir of a Life Lived, which is published as an ebook and paperback on amazon.com.au. If you would like to self-publish on Amazon with WMC publishing support, you can contact: barbara@bmcan.com.au

A R T I C L E S

Conversations with Artist Jacquelene Drinkall

BMCAN’s Winter Exhibition at The Edge featured three large striking paintings by Jacquelene Drinkall that captured my interest.  As someone whose professional life was shaped by my experience as a sociologist of technological innovation, as a Buddhist practitioner for whom the idea of 'telepathy' has other resonances, and as someone deeply interested in ways of [...]

Antithesis Project: Sustainability to Regenesis

THE ANTITHESIS PROJECT After tuning into Adam Carrel from EY Australia talking on ABC's The Drum last night, I tracked down the recent report, 'Enough: A Review of Corporate Sustainability in a World Running Out of Time', from the Antithesis Project with which he is associated.  I've often listened to Adam Carrel with interest, as [...]

Thinking Differently – Negotiating Two-Way Learning

The Knowledge (Epistemic) Crisis The roots of our climate and environmental crisis are epistemic—they are based on a flawed knowledge system anchored in Western culture. Many First Nations’ Elders have called for Australia to adopt a two-way learning approach to incorporating First Nations knowledge systems in modern Australia, particularly when it comes to school education [...]

O U R  S T O R Y …

Regenesis has been established by the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network as a home for members of the Greater Blue Mountains to explore and celebrate the connection between the magical beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and our creative energies and social engagement as we join the new zeitgeist of regenerative thinking across all aspects of society—agriculture, food production, economy, urban planning, laws, community and cultural production. This is challenging the old story of extractivism that has shaped Australian since white settlement, bringing with it the interlinked problems now facing our society—climate change through global warming from fossil fuel emissions, environmental degradation of soils and waterways, extinction of many plants, animals, birds and insects, negative impact on coral reefs and wild fishing resources, rising levels of wealth inequality and insecurity associated with homelessness, poverty and social conflict.

Through our projects, blog posts, events and publishing, we are inspired by the way in which the songlines of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have kept their culture alive through the arts—through storytelling, song, dance, performance and painting—across millennia for more than 65,000 years. As we embrace this new zeitgeist of regenesis, we wish to see how we can contribute to this new story through the arts, creating a new songline of regenesis reshaping our society and our sense of who we are and what we stand for.

Through the creative arts we can all experience the idea of ‘co-becoming’ which the Women Elders of North East Arnhem Land tell us is the correct way of understanding life.  As Gundungurra Elder, Aunty Sharyn Hall explains, this idea of ‘co-becoming’ is intrinsic to the way we understand County (Ngurra).

Ngurra takes in everything within the physical, cultural, and spiritual landscape – landforms, waters, air, trees, rocks, plants, animals, foods, medicines, minerals, stories, and special places. It includes cultural practice, kinship, knowledge, songs, stories, and art, as well as spiritual beings, and people: past, present, and future.