All of a sudden, ”Rebuilding Lives”, our Fundraising Exhibition for Japan in the wake of the Earthquake & Tsunami disasters of March 11, is finished. There was a great turn out all week and we sincerely thank the people of Hobart for their wonderful generosity and empathy towards the people of Tohoku, Japan.
On Opening Night I dedicated the picture above to the people of Tohoku as this scene sums up the situation as 2011 draws to an end. Just like the country itself, this flag has been battered by the events of 2011, but this morning it was bathed in the pink morning light of the sunrise in Miyako City. To me it highlights that new beginnings are possible, and we hope that the disasters of 2011 are replaced by a new year of hope and progress in Japan in 2012.
A very special thank you also to Mr Hiroaki Sato, the Japanese Vice Consul who was good enough to fly to Hobart to open the exhibition on Monday night. Thanks also to the Hobart City Council for providing use of the Waterside Pavilion for the week – it really was the perfect venue. Thanks also to the Hobart Showgrounds for providing the stands and frames. This exhibition literally wouldn’t have happened without these generous donations. Support and publicity from the ABC and the Mercury were also a great contribution. Last but not least, a great big thanks to the Australia-Japan Society (Tasmania) for all their support.
I will add some of the images and text from the exhibition to a special page on this site before long, please check back in the coming days.
Thanks again, Hobart.