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This year our programming theme shifts to: Contra.
There's so many ways to engage with the arts at Tuggeranong Arts Centre in 2019.

Right now, we're busy taking Fresh Funk enrollments, selling tickets to the first comedy event and helping young people in the Messengers holiday program get creative. 

Our artist in residence, Sharon Peoples, is gearing up for a series of free textile workshops
in February and we are looking for emerging artists and community leaders to take part in our STILE mentorship program.

Next week, the sound of children dancing and adults and children making art will once again fill the Arts Centre as we head into our first term of classes.
In 2019, or programming theme shifts to Contra.
What happens when we work against, in spite of,
and outside of the expected?
The theme allows for an exploration of otherness and
the complex meaning of connectedness
in an increasingly digital world, where relationships
seem to become more difficult and
fragmented as we move into a challenging future.

Artwork Photo:  Ginny Stein, Xochimilco - Waterside Life, 2018.
Programs for Young People

Classes for young kids commence week beginning 4 February
Classes for age 9 and up commence week beginning 11 February 

Fresh Funk is excited to be offering new classes in Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong in 2019. Our first ever Belconnen class for kids aged 11-15 years will run on Tuesday afternoons from 4.15pm to 5.30pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre. The 9-week term of 45 minute classes will commence on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Across town in Gungahlin, the new class celebrates music and dance traditions from around the world. Fresh Funk’s Around the World dance class for parents & children aged 18 months – 3 years is an opportunity for Gungahlin families to join the Fresh Funk fun. The 10-week term of 45 minute classes on Thursday mornings kicks off on Thursday 7 February, 2019.

Down South at Tuggernaong Arts Centre, Fresh Funk’s brand new “Re-connect” class is a chance for Parents & and their teens to spend active time together in a 5-week introductory urban dance class. This 5-week program of 45-minute weekly classes for parents & teens will run at 5.30pm on Tuesday afternoons, starting Tuesday 12 February.

Details for all of the classes are available online at
You can also call the Arts Centre on 62931443 to


Performance Music & Literature 

Starts Friday 15th February

If you’re in need of a good belly laugh, Tuggeranong Arts Centre is the place to be!

Fill up your Friday with more laughs than you can fit in with the hottest, newest (and only) comedy room in Tuggeranong: Club Sandwich Comedy! This new monthly comedy room will feature some of Canberra’s favourite funny people and the occasional regional guest.

Club Sandwich Comedy kicks off on Friday 15th February with headliner Tom Gibson, MC Chris Ryan, and spots from RAW Comedy National Finalist Tim Noon, ACT RAW Comedy Finalist Frances McNair, and Deadly Funny National Finalist Benny Eggmolesse.

The laughs get even bigger on Friday 8th March when Steph Tisdell, direct from Brisbane, headlines an all-female line-up in Tell It Sisters – an International Women’s Day comedy showcase. Head to our website for ticket links and more information.


January through March

Throughout January and February, local artist Sharon Peoples is undertaking a residency project and series of public workshops in our gallery space exploring the concept of Tuggeranong gardens.

Alongside the chance for Tuggeranong residents to participate in free textile workshops each Wednesday in February, is the opportunity for Canberra artist Sharon Peoples to build on her existing garden and textile concept.

In the Tuggeranong Gardens series of free workshops with local artist Sharon Peoples, participants will learn how to translate their ideas and experiences of domestic or community gardens into textile works. They will have the opportunity to draw on Sharon’s research and experience and will see it all culminate in an exhibition at TAC alongside International Women’s Day in March.

While the workshop places are full, local residents are still welcome to pop into the Arts Centre and say hi to Sharon, observe how she works and chat with her about her Tuggeranong Gardens project. And the Arts Centre is keeping a waiting list of people who would like to take part in the free workshops. Please call 62931443 if you'd like to add your name and number to the list.

Image: Artwork: Rhys, Copic markers on paper (detail), 2018.

14 February - 2 March, 2019

Next month, Gallery Two will be filled with the bright, colorful works of Ellen Sleeman-Taylor – joint winner of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s 2018 EASS Award. 

Sleeman-Taylor won the solo exhibition prize for her graduation piece, Bird Years, after completing Honours in the Sculpture Workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design in 2018.

The work is a playful, interactive sculptural installation in appreciation of the peach emoji. Sleeman-Taylor uses intense colour, multi-layered imagery and three-dimensional forms to mimic the overstimulation of social media.

She depicts what she calls a ‘hyper-mediated life,’ “It shows my interaction with my phone and the digital realm, my interaction to the patterns and animals that surround me in the “analogue” or “real” world, and the deeply obsessive nature of art making,’ Sleeman-Taylor explains.

TAC's Gallery Two offers the ideal presentation of the intricate but large-scale pencil drawing which forms the basis of Sleeman-Taylor’s multimedia exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 14 February at 6pm and continues until Saturday 2 March, 2019.

Ellen Sleeman-Taylor, (detail) Bird Years, 2018. Pencil on paper. Photo by Brenton McGeachie

Other Gallery Program highlights
for the first half of 2019.

Exploring identity and culture: February - July

MONO|STEREO is a 6-month theatre development program led by Melbourne-based playwright Didem Caia, which will document the stories of local residents.

Caia will be working with a small group of participants from the Tuggeranong and Woden regions who self-identify as being other to or outside of the mainstream, dominant culture of suburban Canberra.

Through a series of workshops, the participants will explore the intersections and separations between individual identity and collective culture, what it means to belong or not belong to place and how place reflects, challenges or conceals our identities.

The project will result in a set of original monologues, written by Caia, which will form the basis of a ‘Stage 2’ outcome.

Photo: Courtesy of Didem Caia 

February - July

A development opportunity for emerging leaders

The STILE Mentorship Program is a unique opportunity being delivered by Tuggeranong Arts Centre in 2019, which will give emerging artists and community leaders from diverse and marginalised backgrounds the opportunity to undertake a paid mentorship with some of Australia’s leading artists and community development practitioners.

Each participant will be mentored by the lead artist on one of TAC’s core community arts projects in 2019. They will also receive training from TAC staff, support to access further professional development, and the opportunity to develop and deliver a small arts project with their respective community.

If you are interesting in finding out more about this exciting opportunity, please email

From 5 February 2019
Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, various times

There is a growing body of evidence validating the importance of exercise in the maintenance of our wellbeing – physically, cognitively and socially. Dance ticks all those boxes!

Dance for Wellbeing workshops are held at Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres and are comprised of gentle exercise to fabulous music, with seated and standing options.

The Dance for Wellbeing program is supported by ACT Health and is enabling the Arts Centres to work with a number of key partners to provide dance programs for those communities challenged by Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic conditions.

Call Belconnen Arts Centre on 6173 3300 to find out more.


Dates for the Diary

Events coming up in March  

Tell It Sisters comedy showcase - Friday 8th March:
Book now for in Tell it Sisters - an international Women’s Day comedy showcase featuring Steph Tisdell, direct from Brisbane and an all-female line-up including Lauren Duong, Tanya Losanno, Laura Campbell, and local star and MC Chris Ryan! Tickets to the showcase are only $25 and can be booked at:

Deadly Funny Canberra Heats - Friday 22nd March:
Also in March, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Deadly Funny Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Comedy Competition returns to TAC for the 2019 ACT heats. Head on down on Friday 22nd March to find out who will be heading to the national finals in Melbourne.

Local Legends  - Saturday 30th March: 
Spend an afternoon with some of Canberra’s favourite bands, including Black Mountain String Band, Scroggin, and Zackerbilks who’ll get you up and dancing.


Head over to our website for more information
about upcoming events and tickets links.


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