Community Activities

The Tanks Arts Centre precinct welcomes community groups to host their workshop, activity or exhibition as part of the diverse program on offer. Some workshops and activities are held on a weekly basis and others may be a short course or a weekend intensive only.

MAKE  THEATRE WORKSHOPS

Make Theatre

Introduction to acting technique, open to all 17 years and over.  No audition or experience required.  The program includes structured exercises to break down performance barriers and learn about the layers of craft that scaffold the art of the actor.  Directed exercises will be used to develop original scenes, written for each student. Scenes will be rehearsed with the applied understanding of the acting technique and then performed to an invited audience in the last week.

WHEN: Thursday Evenings, 21 September -  23 November
TIME: 6:45pm – 9:15pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $35 per class, or $250 for the full 10-week program.
INFO & BOOKINGS:  Rob Doran 0429 660 515 adlibamalgam@hotmail.com


CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOP

Cuban Dance Workshop

Join Christina Monneron, Cuban dance pioneer, in an intensive 3 hour session. You will learn styling in both masculine & feminine through the power of the Orishas, the sensuality of the Rumba and the elegance & contra-tiempo timing of the Son to be able to better embody your Salsa. Open to all dancers.

WHEN: Saturday 21 October
TIME: 2pm - 5pm
VENUE: Tank 3
COST: $25 per hour or $60 for 3 hours
INFO & BOOKINGS:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1236100693202601


QIGONG FOR HEALTH CLASSES

Easy to learn, gentle exercises that help restore natural mind, body harmony, promoting vibrant good health.

Qigong classes

WHEN: Saturday Mornings from 2/9/2017
TIME: 8am - 9am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $10 per class – 1st class is free
INFO & BOOKINGS: bodyandbreath@hotmail.com Ph: 0410 795 578 www.facebook.com/bodymindbreathcentre


CREATIVE TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOP

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Ever wish your life had a reset button? Well, it does. And these two powerful workshops will show you how to find it! Creative Transformation Specialist, Kirsten Cottone, has facilitated amazing results, helping people improve their confidence, communication and relationships, using simple arts techniques plus the latest research in neuroscience and positive psychology.  

FREE Creative Reset Workshop: Come along to a free sampler on 26th September, 7pm in Tank 3. Spaces are limited, so bookings are essential: https://free-creative-reset-workshop.eventbrite.com.au/

WHEN: 1 October
TIME: 10.00am & 2pm
VENUE: Tank 3  
INFO & BOOKINGS: www.kirstencottone.com


CHOCOLATE MAKING WORKSHOPS

Chocolate Making Workshop

Learn how to make chocolate in the cacao capital of Australia. This 75 minute demonstration style class includes recipes, tastings, cacao tour and more

WHEN: Sundays 15 October & 19 November 
TIME: 10am – 11:30am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $55
INFO & BOOKINGS: 0408 063 746 angels@heavenlycacao.com.au heavenlycacao.com.au


LITTLE TACCAS

A nature based, fun activities program for kids up to 5 years, set in Botanic Gardens.

WHEN: Each fortnight on Thursdays: 7 & 21 September + 5 & 19 October
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: Please note the booking day for Program 4 is Monday 25 September between 6am-4pm.

The online form will only be available at this time.


WEAVE AND ART WORKSHOPS

Wear and art workshop

The craft of weaving mats and baskets is a form of art. It is eco-friendly and the coconut palm tree is a very common tropical plant in Cairns. Participants will not just be learning the skill of weaving an item out the coconut palm leaves, they will also be learning about the significance of these two practical items from another culture.

WHEN: Saturdays 16 & 23 September, Saturday 14 & Wednesday 25 October 
TIME: 1pm - 4pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$35
INFORMATION & BOOKINGS: Rosie Omundsen 0412 598 377 rosie@omundsen.com.au


DRAWING AND PAINTING WORKSHOPS: TEXTURAL PATTERNS IN NATURE

Yoga workshop

Depict and replicate patterns from nature using charcoal and mixed media. The Artist will instruct on various mark making techniques - pre-format in producing a mixed media painting on canvas.

WHEN: Saturdays: 16 September, 14 October & 11 November 
TIME: 9:30am - 12:30pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $120 for 4 sessions
BOOKINGS: Sonja La Spina 0459 030 095 creative.interiors.cairns@gmail.com


BOTANICAL DRAWING WORKSHOPS WITH JULIE MCENERNY

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

A relaxed and enjoyable day drawing botanical studies using watercolour pencils. Requirements: Basic drawing skills OR completion of Botanical Drawing Introductory Course.

WHEN: First Saturday of the month
TIME: 
10:00am – 3:30pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre 
COST: $85 (includes materials)

WEDNESDAY COURSE

Learn the basic techniques for drawing plant structure and form, foreshortening, cast shadows, capturing character and creating depth through shading texture and detail.

WHEN: Wednesdays 
TIME: 6:00pm-8.30pm
COST: $150 for 4 lessons
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

INFO & BOOKINGS: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189 art@juliemcenerny.com.au


SALTWATER CREEK BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

Botanic Gardens Basketry

Join Saltwater Creek Basketry Group for a fun morning of basketry and other weaving craft using natural products from the Botanic Gardens. Suitable for all skill levels, free entry. Book early as spaces are limited!

WHEN: Saturdays 30 September, 28 October  
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039


IS TOASTMASTERS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Do you want to become a confident communicator, strong leader and, if you want to, public speaker? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

WHEN: Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of the month
TIME: 6:30am - 9:00am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$10 per meeting. First meeting is free.
INFO: Katrin Costa 0408 954 980


ACTING COURSE SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE

Box Jelly Theatre workshop participants present scenes from Australian plays.

WHEN: Thursday 14 September
TIME: 7pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $10 at the door
INFO & BOOKINGS: 0431 259 859 boxjellytheatre@gmail.com