The detritus of bushfires – black, dusty charcoal – is being gathered up from fire fields across New South Wales and given to more than 100 artists so they can produce works for a fundraising exhibition at Carriageworks in March.

A dream-team of Australian artists, including Mambo legend Reg Mombassa and his daughter Lucy O’Doherty, are joining forces with international names including Shepard Fairey (designer of the iconic Barack Obama ‘Hope’ image) for the so-called RISE exhibition.