As the Australian bushfires continue to burn, destroying land, properties and lives, witnessing communities come together to support those affected has been a light at the end of the very dim tunnel that has been the past three months for many Australians.
While fire fighters and relief organisations work tirelessly to protect and rehabilitate communities and towns affected, those in positions to donate are pulling together to raise funds and donations of any kind. Among these are an overwhelming number of creatives, donating their work for auctions or exhibitions to raise funds for bushfire relief. NIQUE Clothing and Melbourne-based photographer and RUSSH contributor, Amelia Dowd, have partnered up this week to curate an exhibition with 26 Australian photographers (including Claudia Smith, Ivana Martyn-Zyznikow and Saskia Wilson), each donating a print for the cause.
"My background and work is as a fashion photographer, and NIQUE is a well-established Australian brand that is connected to the Australian creative community in many ways,” explains Dowd of the collaboration. “I felt that it would enhance visibility for the cause amongst other creatives and people who celebrate the creative industries.”
“… it was important to come together as a community at this time, this is an Australian issue that affects Australians, and those artists respond to the Australian condition in one way or another.”
The exhibition will take place in NIQUE’s Newtown (Sydney) store on Thursday, January 23, and the brand's Melbourne Central store on Friday, January 24, to raise funds for the Red Cross, supporting those affected by the devastation the fires have caused.