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There is a lot happening in Woden over the next few months, with Floriade and the Woden Business Showcase popping up in the Woden Town Square, and the official opening of the much awaited Farrer Nature Playground!
 
Woden Arts is excited to be involved in each of these events, providing
opportunities for people to drop in and participate in workshops and community murals.

Elsewhere in Woden, our friends at the Woden Experiment and Studio Connect will soon begin their Spring workshop programs in the Woden Town Square, and the Canberra Region Feltmakers will be collaborating with the Warehouse Circus to provide felted fashion parades in mid-September.

Read on for details and dates. We'd love to see you!
WORKSHOPS
 
DESIGN OUT WASTE - RECYCLING WORKSHOP 
WITH RACHEL DEVELIN (FREE)
10 October, 11 - 2pm
Woden Experiment, Woden Town Square

Looking for ideas on how you can play your part in the ‘War on Waste’?
 
Join recycling artist, Rachel Develin for a FREE public workshop, in association with ACT No Waste. 

In this drop-in workshop the public are welcome to collaborate and bring along small objects of waste materials that can then be woven into and onto a globe structure representing the earth. 

Rachel will provide materials, and will also give you some tips and ideas on how you can turn your ‘Trash into Trashure’.

The completed globe will be put on public display in the lead-up to National Recycling week, 11-  17 November 2019.
 
Artwork: Rachel Develin, sculpture from recycled materials, 2019.


EVENTS
FLORIADE IN THE SUBURBS
5 October, 12 noon - 3 pm
The Woden Experiment (Woden Town Square)

Floriade is bursting out of Commonwealth Park and heading to local town centres around Canberra! 

Floriade will be popping up in the Woden Town Square, and everyone is invited to come along and enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, live music and family entertainment. You’ll also get to meet Floriade’s famous pink gnome!

Visit: https://floriadeaustralia.com/program/floriade-in-the-suburbs/ for more information.



WODEN BUSINESS SHOWCASE
COMMUNITY PICNIC

5 October, 12 noon - 3 pm
The Woden Experiment (Woden Town Square)

In conjunction with Floriade in the Suburbs, the Woden Business Showcase will be providing opportunities for Woden residents to engage with some of the community organisations and businesses located in the area, and enjoy food and entertainment for the whole family.

There will provide a range of creative opportunities, including:

Mushroom Craft - with Studio Connect

Studio Connect will be offering a free drop-in workshop for people to make little crafted mushrooms to take home or to plant among the gardens in the Town Square.

Design Out Waste - a recycling workshop with Rachel Develin

Delivered in association with ACT No Waste, this free workshop will allow people to drop-in and work with artist Rachel Develin to make small, beautiful flowers from recycled materials. 

People are encouraged to incorporate the flowers they make in Rachel's workshop into the large floral mural Bryce Scowcroft will be bringing to the event (see below)

World in Bloom - a mixed media mural workshop with Bryce Scowcroft

People of all ages are encouraged to drop-in and work with local artist Bryce Scowcroft to contribute towards a large floral design on canvas, using coloured paper, paint and found or recycled objects. 

This project is part of the Tuggeranong Art Centre's STILE Mentorship, and Bryce will be bringing a similar workshop to the Farrer Nature Playground launch (see below).


FARRER NATURE PLAYSPACE
OPENING

20 October, 11 am - 2 pm
Farrer Playspace (Longeranong Street Park, Farrer)

Everyone is invited to the official opening of the much awaited Farrer Nature Playspace and Adventure Track!

To be opened by Chris Steele MLA, there will be lots of activities on the day including music from the Farrer Primary School Band and Choir, as well as community planting, face painting, and a sausage sizzle.

Woden Arts and Woden Community Service worked with students from Farrer Primary School to paint the twelve art poles on display, and will be providing some activities on the day, including a public mural with Bryce Scowcroft, and a drop-in Recycling Workshop with Rachel Develin.


HANDS OF FARRER
MURAL PARTICIPATION

14 September, 2 - 4pm
Farrer Scout Hall (Longeranong Street Park, Farrer)

Ngunnawal artist Richie Allan and his family are painting a beautiful rainbow serpent across the Farrer Scout Hall, in the lead up to the launch of the Farrer Nature Playground. 

This Saturday, all are invited to come along to the scout hall and assist Richie by adding your hands to complete his mural.

Big and little, young and old. If you’ve got hands then we want you!

There will be soapy water there to wash any paint off after.

BYO hands.


RECENT WORKSHOPS
 
'MAKE A PET' PAPER-MACHE WORKSHOP
WITH BELLE PALMER

We had a lot of fun at Westfield Woden in the July school holidays, as local artist Belle Palmer taught a group of children how to make and decorate their very own animal in our ‘make a pet’ paper-mache workshop. It was a wonderful way to enjoy a couple of cold, wintry days in Canberra, and our friends at San Churro even provided some delicious treats!
 
This workshop was held in partnership with Westfield Woden and facilitated by the Woden Arts Officer.


 
URBAN SKETCHING WORKSHOP
WITH LEONIE ANDREWS

Last month a group of avid sketchers braved the freezing cold of Woden to learn the basics of Urban Sketching - the art of capturing the spirit of a location, indoors or out, by sketching from direct observation. 

Leonie Andrews is an active member of the growing community of Urban Sketchers working across Canberra. Participants worked with Leonie to develop new observational drawing skills, working with watercolour pencils and water-brushes. 

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for similar workshops in the future, please call 02 6293 1443 or email info@tuggeranongarts.com


OUT AND ABOUT IN WODEN

NAIDOC in the Woden Town Square

July saw NAIDOC celebrated in the Woden Town Square, with celebrations focused on this year's theme of Voice, Treaty, Truth.

A beautiful Welcome to Country and Smoking ceremony was provided by William Tompkins, a Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri man, after which the crowd was welcomed to the event by Bronwyn Hendry, (CEO of DirectionsHealth) and Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA.

There was live music, arts and craft activities, children's workshops, wonderful food, and a huge crowd. There was even a baby crocodile at the Canberra Reptile Zoo stall, which was a huge hit with the kids! 


WHAT'S ON IN WODEN
RAPT IN FELT
14 + 15 September (Details below)
Textile Works Gallery, Chifley

Canberra Region Feltmakers presents wonderful felted dresses, jackets and wraps made from pure natural fibres. See felted accessories and jewellery that are easy to wear and make every day special.

Grab a glass of bubbly and refreshments before following Warehouse Circus performers on a fashion parade tour. See the Runway Parade, marvel at the Hats and Jewellery Show, be entertained by Street Felt and get your photo taken in the Felt Photo Booth. Indulge yourself in our unique bazaar.

Book your tickets online
Fashion parades
3.45pm Saturday 14 September
1.30pm Sunday 15 September
3.45pm Sunday 15 September
Tickets are essential.

Bazaar
1.30pm - 5.30pm
on 14-15 September
Location
Textile Works Gallery
Chifley Wellness Hub
70 Maclaurin Street
Chifley ACT
 
SPRING IN YOUR STEP
Starting September (Dates TBA)
Woden Experiment, Woden Town Square

After the success of the Winter Warmers program the Woden Experiment is excited to announce the Spring In Your Step program that will take place in the Woden Town Square.

The Spring In Your Step program will run over September and October and will include workshops, community activities and school holiday programing.

The program is for all ages and will run on weekends and during the week, offering the Woden Community a variety of opportunities to come along and get involved.

The Spring In Your Step program will focus on art, creation, movement and reflection as a way of bringing people together and strengthening communities.

To stay up to date follow the #WodenExperiment on Facebook or Instagram, or
contact: woden.experment@wcs.org.au 
STUDIO CONNECT
Starting September (Dates TBA)
Woden Experiment, Woden Town Square

Studio Connect will return in September! Studio Connect are a group of Canberra artists living with a disability or mental health issues; creating individual and collaborative artwork by responding to Canberra and their personal stories.

Studio Connect was a huge hit during the Woden Experiment's Winter Warmers Program and will be coming back for their Spring/Summer program. Responding to the Woden Town Square, resident artists have already made a huge impact on the square and will continue to be inspired by and respond to the ever changing environment.

Studio Connect sessions are drop in sessions open to all! To stay up to date and get involved follow the #WodenExperiment on Facebook or Instagram for more details.

Image: Soft sculptures made by Studio Connect artists in response to the Bjarni Wark mural in the Woden Town Square.
SOCIAL MEDIA / GET IN TOUCH
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH WODEN ARTS

Are you involved in the arts in Woden? We'd love to hear from you!

You can get in touch by emailing John at: john.hart@tuggeranongarts.com

You can also now keep up to date with the Woden Arts program by following us on Instagram at @wodenarts, or by clicking here.

Don't forget to tag us and use #wodenarts so we can see what you're up to!
 


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