29 March 2023

Creative Seniors Day

| Tuggeranong Arts Centre
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Creative Seniors Day is on Friday 31 March. Image: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

TAC’s Creative Seniors Day is a series of free art activities for senior residents of the Tuggeranong Valley. Focusing on inclusion, wellbeing, and social connectivity, participants are welcome to stay for the day or drop in for an hour! Drop-in art activities will be happening all day. Free tea and coffee and a pre-booked lunch will be served in the Lodge. There’ll also be lunch and coffee voucher give-aways happening throughout the day!

Start the day with a relaxing session of Tai Chi or walk by the lake with Wiradjuri woman, Aunty Narelle Hutchings and see native plants in a new light. Book your spot in a morning (or afternoon) painting or dance class, then head to the theatre for a performance by the Canberra Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra. Conclude the day, with an afternoon singing session, then celebrate with the artists at the official opening of three new exhibitions.

To book, call Tuggeranong Arts Centre on 6293 1443 or book online here: https://www.trybooking.com/CGDVA

Check out the Program here:

Lake Walk and Native Plant Talk

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Lake Tuggeranong. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Discover medicinal and culinary qualities in our native flora as you take in the lake views and fresh morning air on the Lake Walk and Native Plant Talk with Wiradjuri woman,Aunty Narelle Hutchings. This drop-in activity will run from 9 am to 9:45 am. No bookings required.

Lakeside Sketching

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Lakeside Sketching. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Relax in the fresh air, take in the view, and use available drawing materials to make observations in Lakeside Sketching. Focus on a tree, the lakes edge, or clouds in the sky. Whether it’s smudgy, streaky, swirly, or scratchy, use your own marks to capture a memory. This drop-in activities will run from 10 am to 5 pm. No bookings required.

Collaborative Flower Making


Flower Making Activity. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Create a flower motif with left over fabric, yarns, and buttons and contribute to a group textile assemblage in the Collaborative Flower Making activity. With your help, we can make a garden for all to enjoy! This drop-in activities will run from 10 am to 5 pm. No bookings required.

Raffia Weaving Circle


Raffia weaving circle. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Take part in a raffia weaving circle with Wiradjuri woman, Aunty Narelle Hutchings. Enjoy a cuppa, a yarn and make some new friends in the casual comfort of the Lodge. Drop-in and learn coiling and make small items using raffia. This drop-in activities will run from 10 am to 5 pm. No bookings required.

Taoist Tai Chi® by the Lake

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Tai Chi. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Strat the day with a relaxing session of Tai Chi by Lake Tuggeranong. Taoist Tai Chi® is a form of moving meditation that has a deep effect on the brain, calming and clearing the mind. It involves a full range of motion with deep stretching and continuous turning of the spine. This whole-body approach has a profound effect on our physical health, increasing strength, flexibility, and resilience, whatever our condition. Click here to book into a session of Tai Chi by the Lake from 9 am to 10 am. https://www.trybooking.com/CGDVA

Be Still – Still life Painting Class


Still life painting. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Ever wanted to pick up a paint brush or dust off the paints that have been sitting in the cupboard for years? TAC’s Making Time teacher and artist Lily Platts will facilitate three 1-hour painting classes. No experience is needed, as you’ll be guided step by step through basic acrylic techniques! No matter your skill level, you’ll surprise yourself on what you can achieve. Click here to book into a painting class at 10:30 am, 11:30 am or 2 pm. https://www.trybooking.com/CGDVA

Canberra Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra Concert

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CSO Youth Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Enjoy listening to the wonderful sound of strings in a lunchtime concert by the Canberra Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra, performing a varied program of solo and ensemble repertoire. CSYCO is a performance enrichment program for young, advanced string players. It is a unique opportunity for young musicians to rehearse and perform alongside CSO Concertmaster Kirsten Williams. Click here to book for this performance in the TAC theatre from 1-2:00pm. https://www.trybooking.com/CGDVA

Seniors Sing-along with Leisa Keen

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Sing-along with Leisa Keen. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Join Leisa Keen have fun singing all your favourite popular songs in an informal sing-along in the TAC theatre. All singing levels are welcome. Due to the all-sing nature of the songs, this session is very friendly to those who get nervous singing in front of others. Join us and we’ll prove that you too can sing without fear. Click here to book for a sing-along in the TAC theatre from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. https://www.trybooking.com/CGDVA

Fresh Funk 55+

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Fresh Funk 55+. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Find your groove in this modern movement class, offering fun, funky fitness, suitable for beginners as well as those with dance experience. Morning and afternoon classes will be offered. Book now and take the chance to sample TAC’s popular and long-standing dance program. Click here to book for a Fresh Funk movement class at 10:30am, 11:30am or 2pm. https://www.trybooking.com/CGDVA

Exhibition Openings and Artist talks

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Mark Dober’s artwork, On the Banks of the Murrumbidgee. Image: Mark Dober.

Join Mark Dober in the Foyer Gallery at 5:20 pm for an Artist talk and the official opening of On the Banks of the Murrumbidgee at 6 pm. Mark’s large-scale watercolour works on paper were made en plein airon the banks of the Murrumbidgee in the region around Wagga Wagga, and at Tuggeranong.


Traverse. Image: Peter McLean and John Pratt.

While maps conventionally deliver an empirical and analytic portrayal of the landscape, an established visual language of shape, colour and text also provides a felt archive of emotional and psychological presence. This series of cartographic works playfully explore this experiential subtext in prints, collages, installations, and mixed media. Join Peter McLean and John Pratt in Gallery 1 for an artist talk at 5:40 pm and the official opening of Traverse at 6 pm.

artwork collage

Incidental TV. Image: Nicci Haynes.

Contemporary artist Nicci Haynes presents a new iteration of her peephole camera series. Incidental TV consists of many screens arranged casually in the space. Each screen displays a short experimental film or animation. Generally created without following the narrative conventions of ‘film’,” mostly without a story or plot. Join Nicci for the official opening at 6 pm. Click here to book for the openings and artist talks.

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