Community Workshops & Activities

The Tanks Arts Centre precinct welcomes community groups to host their workshop or activity as part of the diverse program on offer. Featuring a range of workshop series, classes and activities from botanical drawing to ballet for pre-schoolers and more. Some events are held on a weekly basis and others may be a short course or a weekend intensive only.

MISS CHELSEA'S BALLET FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS


Miss Chelsea's very proudly offer Kinderballet (TM) accredited programs to children aged from 2 years in and around Cairns.

Kinderballet is a classical ballet program crafted specifically for pre-schoolers. Our program is set around the Adventures of Bella Ballet Bear. A program designed to introduce the basics of classical ballet, in an imaginative way. The program has been structured so that children can fully enjoy the experience of ballet at a young age. With quality, hand-picked teachers, and limited class size numbers all without the pressure and expense of big concerts and costumes, as this can be overwhelming for children so young. Kinderballet is affordable and family friendly.

WHEN: Mondays & Tuesdays 9.45am – 11.15am (last class for 2017 Tuesday 5 December)
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Classes are $12 per class for our “Mummy and Me” (2-3.5 year old), and $15 per class for our “Tots" classes (3.5-5 year old).
BOOKINGS: Ph 0438 422 110 info@misschelseasdance.com Website Facebook

NB: Classes run during school terms only. Not open on public holidays.


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: Saturday 6 May
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: Wednesday 12, 19, 26 April, Wednesday 3,10,17, 24 May
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


LITTLE TACCAS

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

WHEN: Each fortnight on Thursdays -  4 & 18 May, 1,5 & 29 June
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: Please note the booking day for Program 2 is Monday 10 April between 6am-4pm.
The online form will only be available at this time.


SALTWATER 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.

WHEN: Saturday 27 May, 24 June 
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039


CAPOEIRA WORKSHOPS

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Australia's Leading and Most Exciting Capoeira School. All Fitness Levels Welcome. Programs for Kids 3yrs+ , Family Class, Adults Beginners, & Stretch Class.

WHEN: Wednesdays and Thursdays 
TIME: 6pm - 7:30pm
VENUE: Tank 3
COST: $15 per class, 10 class pack $120
MORE INFORMATION: Charles charles@capoeiratopazio.com.au


YARRABAH EXHIBITION

Yarrabah exhibition

A display of Yarrabah artists artwork including ceramics, textiles, paintings, woven baskets, works on paper, wood work and jewellery. Artists of the art centre have been receiving national recognition for their artistic talents since 2OO2.

WHEN: 28 March – 30 April
TIME:  8.30am – 4pm weekdays & 8.30am – 1pm weekends 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre 
COST: Free


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


HANDCRAFTED EXHIBITION

Handcrafted exhibition

A display of woodwork products designed and made by artists from ARC Disability Services Inc. in collaboration with members of Cairns Woodworkers Guild.

WHEN: 2 - 21 May
TIME:   8.30am – 4.00pm weekdays, 8.30am – 1.00pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: FREE


HOOP, THERE IT IS 

Take your hooping to the next level and get fit in a fun and relaxed class. Suitable for beginner to intermediate hoopers. 

WHEN: Monday nights, starting from 24 May
TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
VENUE: Tank 3
COST: $15per person or $120 for 10 classes | $10 concession
BOOKINGS: Numbers limited. 0422 311 131 hoop.thereitis@hotmail.com Facebook


PORT DOUGLAS CARNIVALE SONGWRITING CHALLENGE
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Port Douglas Carnivale Songwriters Challenge is back – won previously by The Voice runner up Danny Ross and QLD Music award winner Leanne Tennant. All entrants receive a pass to attend The BEN LEE Songwriting for Virtue workshop. Professional 1st prize is $1000 and non-professional is $500. Unearth your Tropical North Queensland Talent – Special emcee and headliner at each heat will make for a fab music inspired evening.

WHEN: Thursday, 4 May
DOORS/BAR: 6.00pm
TIME:
7.00pm – 9.00pm
VENUE: Tank 4
COST:  Free entry
TO REGISTER AND BOOK: carnivale.com.au


ACTING WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

NIDA acting graduates Rachel and David Terry of Box Jelly Theatre are offering a 20 week acting programme culminating in a public performance. Workshops include acting technique, voice, movement and script analysis.

WHEN: Thursdays from April 20th
TIME: 8.30am – 4pm weekdays & 8.30am – 1pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $25 per lesson
BOOKINGS: Limited Numbers. 0431259859 boxjellytheatre@gmail.com


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:
Wednesday 26 April, 12pm - 3pm
Tuesday 2 May, 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 8 July, 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 15 July, 1pm - 4pm 
Saturday 22 July, 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 12 August, 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 19 August, 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 16 September, 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 23 September, 1pm - 4pm  

VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$35
INFORMATION & BOOKINGS: Rosie Omundsen 0412 598 377 rosie@omundsen.com.au


BUTTERFLY WALK & TALK WITH ARTIST IN RESIDENCE STEFAN COOLS

Butterfly Walk & Talk

Walk the butterfly route and explore the materials and how the research is conducted. Discover the host plants of the butterflies and end the walk at the studio/lab at the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre where the audience can see the outcomes of the research.

WHEN:Saturday 10 June
TIME: 2pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: FREE
INFO: stefancools@gmail.com or phone the Visitor Centre (07) 4032 6650


MOTHS OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND - TALK & PRESENTATION

Moths of Tropical Queensland

Buck Richardson has photographed and scientifically identified in excess of 1,500 different species of moths in our region. In this very visual presentation, Buck will talk about finding them, identifying them and using them in his stunning award winning digital art.

WHEN: 13 June
TIME: 6pm – 7pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation


FLORA, FAUNA & FLUTTERING WINGS EXHIBITIONFNQ PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB

The FNQ Photographer’s Club is community based, focusing on fun and the love of photography.  This exhibition showcases members’ works taken in the Gardens and images of butterflies from around the district.

WHEN: 30 May - 18 June
TIME: 8.30am – 4.00pm weekdays; 8.30am – 1.00pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: FREE



BOTANICAL MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY

Learn lighting technique and camera settings for great botanical photography with Professional Fine Arts Photographer Shay Bourne.

WHEN: Sunday 4 June
TIME: 9.00am – 11.00am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $50
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT: Your Camera & Tripod 
BOOKINGS: Shay Bourne 0402 498 759 fnq.photographers.club@gmail.com