27th July 2011
Deanna Neville, participating artist in the two-year residency with Regional Arts Victoria Illuminated by Fire project, has dismantled her four-metre high photographs of local fire fighters after involvement in the two-year community arts residency.
"But not for long", says Deanna. "The photos are still intact for a week-long display at the SAFE Emergency Services schools program, to be held early September in Bendigo.
"Thanks to our Education Officer, Michael Grimes, the photos will be displayed alongside classrooms dedicated to all the emergency services programs that help educate and inform kids about community safety. So the photos will have another great audience to enjoy the stories and messages of the project, that is, that fire fighters are men, women, older, younger, families, friends, new-chums or retirees. They are people like you. And people like me".
Deanna is also looking to explore some funding for touring the collection to other regional areas for display in the various galleries, some of which occupy old fire stations, so the height of the rooms should easily accomodate these great works!
"A big thank-you to all who helped make this project happen. Many are used to the expressions of thanks as fire-fighters but as photographers? And subjects? probably less so! So thanks for trusting me with your stories and the great images we've made together. Probably won't be the last time we see cameras and fire hoses in the same place!"