Both organisations, Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains and Cementa22, are based in communities that were severely affected by the 2019–2020 bushfires. The installations, performances and public programs of Carnivale Catastrophe are situated in such a post-disaster emotional landscape and explore the ideas of uncertainty, of trying to find comfort, shelter, or a safer place and trying to understand what happened. Carnivale Catastrophe provides a catalyst for conversations where voices in these communities are able to share their experiences.
Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains (MAPBM) is a membership-based, incorporated, contemporary arts association based in the Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and regional NSW that supports, advocates for, develops, and produces events and exhibitions of contemporary, multi-form art practice. MAPBM engages with the wider community to develop a new critical agenda for contemporary art in the Western Sydney/Central West regions of NSW. MAPBM creates opportunities beyond the traditional exhibition model, contributes to the dialogue about what affects us most and supports member artists and curators, by connecting them with broader, diverse audiences. Our current membership of 57 is made up of practicing contemporary artists, curators, and arts workers. MAPBM has evolved to become a significant contemporary arts organisation in the region, with growing networks and partnerships, a successful and vibrant exhibition program, and increasing membership.