12 February 2019

Glitter, silk and live jazz: What’s on at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

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Nathan J Lester, Glitterscapes. 2017. Photograph.

Nathan J Lester, Glitterscapes. 2017. Photograph.

After two months of the unforgettable Another Day in Paradise, Tuggeranong Arts Centre has bid a fond farewell to the collection and is preparing to welcome our new exhibitors for May.

Opening on Thursday 10 May, Glitterscapes is the latest series of sculptural nudes from Canberra photographic artist Nathan J Lester. Lester uses the human body as a canvas to create fantastic landscapes accentuated by light reflecting off coloured glitter.

The images in Glitterscapes vary from easily recognisable body parts to others where the part of the body photographed resembles a surreal, otherworldly landscape.

Alongside Glitterscapes, untethered fibre artists will explore the paradox of discovery through fibre in their new exhibition, inTransit. Each of the artists use fibre – wool, silk, rope, cotton and more – to explore the duality inherent within the state of being in transit. The pieces respond to journeys, destinations, places, memories, time and states of being.

In addition to the exhibition, two of the inTransit contributing artists are running workshops open to the public.

On Saturday 12 May, Samantha Tannous will lead a session on eco-dyeing using natural plant-based dyes and native Australian flora such as eucalypts. Participants will use the materials to create a custom silk scarf and sheet of rag paper. More information and a registration link is available on the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s website.

Artwork: Samantha Tannous

Artwork: Samantha Tannous.

The following Saturday, 19 May, felter Denise Lithgow will lead a fun and exciting workshop for anyone interested in colour and sculpture. Under her guidance, participants will create 3D vessels from scratch using pure merino wool. The workshop is suitable for beginners through to experienced felters. Visit the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s website for more information.

Artwork: Denise Lithgow

Artwork: Denise Lithgow.

inTransit opens on Friday 11 May, coinciding with the latest Lakeside Live Music session with jazz band As Famous As The Moon.

As Famous As The Moon are a firm fixture on the Canberra live music scene, and have been playing since 1995. Their sound brings to mind the great tenor players of the American songbook, including Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons and John Coltrane. It’s music that has great appeal to all ages and lovers of melody, harmony and groove.

Join us in the Hunting Lodge overlooking Lake Tuggeranong at 5:30 pm to relax and unwind with a glass of wine and free live music by one of Canberra’s favourite jazz trios.

Nathan J Lester, (detail) Glitterscapes. 2017. Photograph.

Nathan J Lester, (detail) Glitterscapes. 2017. Photograph.

Which part of the human body do you think Nathan J Lester has photographed for this image? We can’t work it out! Let us know what you think it is in the comments.

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