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.

LITTLE TACCAS

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

WHEN: Each fortnight on Thursdays: 16 & 30 August, 27 September
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
INFO & BOOKINGS: Via an online form


HISTORY TOURS OF THE BOTANIC GARDENS AND TANKS ARTS CENTRE PRECINCT

Learn about how the Botanic Gardens evolved and the role played by the Tanks in the history of the precinct.

WHEN: Every Thursday 
TIME: 10am - 11am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: Bookings essential and must be made by Wednesday before 3.30pm. Phone (07) 4032 6650.


DRAWING AND PAINTING WORKSHOPS: TEXTURAL PATTERNS IN NATURE
WITH SONJA LA SPINA

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

WHEN / TIME / VENUE: 
Saturday 18 August, 10:30am - 1:30pm, Tank 4
Thursday 23 August, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

COST: $60 for one workshop or $140 for up to four workshops
REQUIREMENTS: Participants to provide own materials
INFO & BOOKINGS: Sonja La Spina 0459 030 095 creative.interiors.cairns@gmail.com


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 25 August, 29 September   
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039


BOTANICAL DRAWING WORKSHOPS WITH JULIE MCENERNY

A relaxed and enjoyable day drawing botanical studies using watercolor pencils.

WHEN: First Saturday of the month   
TIME: 9:30am -3:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $85 (includes materials)
REQUIREMENTS: Basic drawing skills. 
INFO & BOOKINGS: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189 art@juliemcenerny.com.au


WEAVE N ART WORKSHOPS

Learn the skill of weaving an item out of the coconut palm leaf, and the significance of this practice.

WHEN: Wednesday 29 August, Saturday 8 & Wednesday 26 September 
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free
INFO & BOOKINGS: rosie@omundsen.com.au


HARP AND YOGA RESTORATIVE RELAXATION

The unique experience of guided yoga and meditation with live harp music amplifies healing and wellbeing.

WHEN: The fourth Wednesday of the month - 29 August & 26 September
TIME: 6pm – 7.30pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $30 per person
INFO & BOOKINGS: Cathrena McRae 0418 763 983 or cathrenamcrae@outlook.com


CUBAN SALSA CLASS

WHEN: Monday and Tuesday nights
TIME: Beginners: 6pm-7pm & Level 1: 7pm - 8pm
VENUE: Tank 3 (or Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre from 21 May) 
COST: $60 for 5 lessons or $15 per lesson
INFO & BOOKINGS: Bookings essential. Salsa Jo 0423 218 929


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