Building Creative Resilience with the Centre for Reworlding

Next date: Thursday, 18 July 2024 | 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM

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Join Dr Jen Rae and Claire G. Coleman (Noongar) for this special networking event, designed to bolster inclusive collaboration and creative leadership in climate emergency response and action.

This event features a film screening of speculative climate futures short film Refugium and a knowledge circle led by Rae and Coleman. Join other local creatives, changemakers and concerned community members for this unique opportunity to learn how First Nations knowledge systems can shift the paradigm of climate emergency engagement and disaster resilience.

The Centre for Reworlding is a project by ‘The Reworlders’ - a collective of Indigenous, people of colour, settler and LGBTIQA2S+ artists, scientists, thinkers and change-makers. Their work includes prioritising the mainstream integration of arts and culture in national climate emergency discourses, policy frameworks and all-years education.

This event is part of Yarra Ranges Council’s ‘Creative Recovery Preparedness Project’ which aims to build a network of creative responders throughout the region.

This initiative is funded by the Australian Government under the PHN program.


Who is this event for?

Artists, creatives, thinkers, disaster and emergency workers, concerned citizens, changemakers and open-minded individuals who are interested in learning more about First Nations knowledge systems and how they can contribute to climate resilience. 

Please note:  This event is recommended for ages 18+ due to the strong trigger warnings for Refugium screening. 

What to expect: 

12pm - Arrive and Register 
12.10pm - Introduction and Acknowledgement to Country 
12.25pm - Refugium - Film Screening (26 minutes) 
1pm - Knowledge Circle (90 minutes) 
2.30pm - Light Refreshments and Networking 
4.00pm - Event Concludes 

About Refugium

REFUGIUM is an award-winning short film of speculative fiction, by Jen Rae and Claire G. Coleman. Centred on First Nations knowledge and protocols, Refugium hacks time and compounding existential crises, delves into moral dilemmas of life and death and hones in on child-centred trauma prevention and intergenerational justice in the coming collapse. 

REFUGIUM begins with Claire in 2042, at the age of 68, in an undisclosed bunker attempting to log into the Bilya portal in a futile effort to warn other Reworlders about a raid. Claire is the sentinel of the Centre for Reworlding, the last person standing per se. Everyone has dispersed and she is alone. She begins a nihilistic spiral half-way believing that all efforts at Reworlding were for nothing. “We failed”, she says and attempts to communicate with those in 2021 to save themselves and ditch Reworlding. For the sake of future generations, Jen’s great-granddaughter Ellis in 2121 is tasked with intercepting Claire’s transmission and a dialogue ensues. Difficult questions are answered.  

Commissioned by Arts House for ‘Refuge 2021’. 

Winner, Incinerator Art Award for Social Change (2021) 


Film duration: 26 minutes 
Access: Closed captioned and Auslan interpretation available upon request. 
Warnings for film: 18+  Contains distressing themes, contains profanity and discussing the climate emergency, apocalypse, euthanasia, gender violence, suicide and filicide, and might be distressing. 


About the Knowledge Circle

Centred on First Nations knowledge and protocols, audience members will be invited to partake in a participatory conservation to consider and use these ideas in the context of their own community. Facilitators Jen Rae and Claire G. Coleman will lead a provocative and meaningful role-playing discussion or ‘palaver’ event, based on the key messages and ideas in the film.


About the Centre for Reworlding

Grounded in First Nations knowledge systems and protocols, the Centre for Reworlding is a brave 100-year project.  Their focus is working towards intergenerational justice, building creative resilience and applying intersectional collaborative approaches in how they work with others— so they can adapt climate disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies to meet the needs of diverse communities. 

You can learn more about the Centre for Reworlding, their projects and artists here





  • Thursday, 18 July 2024 | 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM


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