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October is full of action with a string of workshops for everyone popping up across Tuggeranong and Woden. We've also got three fabulous exhibitions in our galleries. Plus, get excited about (and lend your support to) our new community arts projects coming in November!
Opening Thursday 3rd October, 6pm

Artist Talk: 2:30pm Saturday 19th October - Free; all welcome.

Meditations on the survivor stories from the ‘Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’, and the culture of secrecy and justification within the Catholic Church.

Paul Michael Murray, draws on personal accounts, research and reflection to try and understand the theology and psychology that leads to a culture of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
This exhibition is presented as a series of sculptural tableaux, incorporating marionettes, digital works, and narratives within a theatrical tradition.

Artwork: Paul Michael Murray, Custodian/Custody – Bishop, 2019, digital study.

Tenants Union Art Award
Opening Thursday 3rd October, 6pm

The 12th Annual International Tenants’ Day Canberra (ITDCBR) exhibition and art awards, showcasing Canberra renters’ experiences of community, belonging and home. This year’s theme, A Sense of Home, explores the fundamental concept of home and its connection to the senses.
Artwork: Megan Munro, Home Comfort, 2018.
Messengers Young Artists-in-Residence
Celebration Thursday 17th October, 6pm
Guest speaker Joy Burch MLA

This exhibition is a selection of artworks made over the last six months by participants in Messengers' Young Artists in Residence Program.
Artists: Bryce Scowcroft, Celia Wylie, Jadzia Rebolledo, Liv Lester, Lucinda O'Dowd & Rhys Hargrave.
Creative workshop for
Migrants and Refugees

Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm

Come along and share your stories, skills and creativity from your home country in this special workshop facilitated by Maryam Zahid. 
In this workshop, participants will be guided to share their stories and create original artworks based on expressing individual hopes and dreams, “My Journey” for their new life in Australia.

Free event, bookings required.

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Drawing and String Puppet Workshops
with Paul Murray

Saturdays 19th & 26th October, 12.30pm

Join exhibiting artist Paul Michael Murray for a fun, two - week workshop for adults and children. You will draw and make string puppets while learning about human anatomy and the expressive power of body language. Ages 8+
Cost $20, book online.

Artwork: (detail) Paul Michael Murray, Reject, 2019.

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Mixed Media Street Art Workshop

Farrer Nature Playground Launch
Sunday 20th october, 11am-2pm

Want to have a part in creating art with nature? Or have a go at doing mixed media street art?

Using mixed media and found objects, join artist Bryce Scowcroft and help create a large canvas installation.

Free event, all welcome.

Design Out Waste Workshop

Saturday 19th October, 10am-1pm

In the lead up to National Recycling Week, artist Rachel Develin will be constructing a sculpture of a ‘World of Waste’ for the garden at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, and the public are welcome to join in on the construction.

Join Rachel for this FREE public workshop ‘Design Out Waste,’ presented in association with ACT No Waste.

Free event, bookings:  

Images courtesy of the artists.
Why do people really become addicted to ice? What stigmas do they face and how do they recover?

Help us tell the stories of of ice addiction and recovery in our community.

TAC is seeking your support to fund the design and production of a high quality catalogue documenting the powerful stories of six Canberrans, whose experiences with ice addiction and recovery have been captured in the upcoming exhibition On Thin Ice.

'People with addictions are part of our community and the stigma and isolation too often placed on them only makes the arduous journey to recovery more difficult. By sharing these stories, we hope to use the arts to encourage empathy in the broader community and to promote recovery as a supported, collective effort.'
- Rauny Worm, TAC CEO

Image: (c) Hilary Wardhaugh, 2019.
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Research Residency: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 1-9 November 2019

中文名 – 小珂 x 子涵

驻留研究期:塔格拉诺艺术中心  2019年11月1日-9日

The Shanghai-based artist duo XIAO KE × ZI HAN attempt to create a temporary contact zone for ‘Chinese’ identity by researching different regions and presenting on-location documentary portraits of common people.
“Our name is given, yet we try to explain who we are.”

How is Chineseness defined? Its significance shifts upon its context, and its impact on contemporary geopolitics is felt on an everyday level. How does the young generation in China perceive Chineseness? What about the diasporic Chinese outside of China? In this entangled web of perceptions, the artists broach the question: ‘What is Chinese—is it an imagined community or is it real?’

Lecture Performance 
5pm, Sunday 3rd November 2019

To introduce CHINAME to Canberra and provide audiences with background on the project so far, XIAO KE × ZI HAN will present a free lecture performance at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Join them to find out more about the project and how you can be involved.

Free event, register here:

Image: courtesy XIAO KE x ZI HAN

3 - 19 November

In November, TAC will celebrate PRIDE in our community with a specially curated series of events, performances, and discussions by LGBTIQ artists to coincide with Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival and Tuggeranong’s community festival SouthFest.

From music to comedy, cabaret, literature, poetry, ideas and more, this program will bring together some of the best and brightest LGBTIQ artists in Australia alongside Canberra’s own Queer* stars.


Panel: Queer Asian-Australian Creatives – Sunday 3rd November

TuggersPRIDE Comedy Night – Friday 8th November

TinaTALK: In conversation with Nic Holas – Wednesday 13th November

Literary Lounge: Writing Queer History – Tuesday 19th November

Queer Stage @ SouthFest – Saturday 16th November
The highlight of the program will be the ‘Queer Stage’ at SouthFest – a main stage in the Tuggeranong town centre will feature a line-up of Queer* and First Nations artists from around Australia including Constantina Bush, Sean Choolburra, and The Merindas, and headlined by the multi-award winning Electric Fields.

Trans Voices Cabaret – Call for EOIs (Dates TBC)
Tuggeranong Arts Centre is seeking emerging trans and gender diverse singers to take part in an all-trans cabaret night. If you’re interested in performing, e-mail

Original Image: Carlo Santone.
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