On Thin Ice: Exhibition Opening

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 29 October 2019
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT 2900
07 November 2019, 5.30 pm

On Thin Ice arts-documentary tells the stories of local residents living with or recovering from addition to crystal methamphetamine. Photo: Martin Ollman, 2019.

Join us for the opening of On Thin Ice on Thursday 7 November at 5.30pm.

On Thin Ice is an arts-documentary collaboration between journalist and author Ginger Gorman, photographers Hilary Wardhaugh and Martin Ollman, sculptor Tom Buckland, and printmaker Jess Higgins.

Working closely and collaboratively with participants, the project tells the stories of local residents who are living with or recovering from addiction to crystal methamphetamine (ice) in a multi-disciplinary exhibition of images, text, sound and installation. The exhibition will debut at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from 7 – 30 November 2019.

It’s really f****** hard, but it can get better.” – Ann, 38

I’m making the choice to make a change. And I’ve never done that before.” – Mitchell, 29

The dark tunnel that I was in for so long, I’m starting to see the light at the end of it.” – Nicole, 35

The exhibition goes beyond headlines and stereotypes, beyond snap judgments and prejudices, beyond “meth crisis” and “ice epidemic,”. It empowers individuals to tell their own stories – stories of pain, of trauma, of loss and isolation, but also, stories of hope, healing, addiction and recovery.

Photo: Hilary Wardhaugh, 2019.

The exhibition opening night with discussion panel

The event commences at 5.30pm with official proceedings at 6pm.

There will be with live music by Madeleine Joubert, followed by a panel discussion about how and why people become addicted to ice, what the barriers are to recovery and how society can better support recovery.

The panel discussion facilitated by Ginger Gorman will include Minister Shane Rattenbury, Paul – one of the project participants, with more speakers to be announced.

Attendance is free however bookings are essential.

On Thin Ice continues until Saturday 30 November.


Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT 2900
When: Opening night with discussion panel on Thursday 7 Nov from 5:30 pm. Exhibition is running until the 30 November.
Cost: Free
Tickets: For opening night, bookings are essential. Please book here.

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