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

You're never too young to develop a green thumb! The Little Taccas program offers young children an appreciation for nature. Aimed at children 5 and under, this fortnightly program features nature-based activities in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks.

WHEN: Each fortnight on Thursdays: 28 February, 14 & 28 March, 11 April
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
INFO & BOOKINGS: Via an online form (bookings open Monday 18 February for 2019 dates)


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 - The tours resume in 2019 on Thursday 7 March. 
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.


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


LET’S TRY TAIKO | JAPANESE DRUMMING WORKSHOP

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This introductory workshop will use various games to get your body and mind familiar with the drum. The vibrations coming from playing will also help loosen and heal your body and soul. Push yourself to experience something new and re-discover your rhythmical talents.

WHEN: Sunday 17 February
TIME: 9am – 11am or 11.30am – 1.30pm
VENUE: Tank 3  
COST: $30 per person
INFO & BOOKINGS: drummugendai@gmail.com


CUBAN SALSA CLASS

WHEN: Every Monday, Tuesday  & Thursday nights
TIME: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
VENUE: Tank 3  
INFO & BOOKINGS: 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 and 3rd Tuesday of the month
TIME: 6:45am - 8:30am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$10 per meeting. First meeting is free.
INFO: Katrin Costa 0408 954 980


DRAWING AND PAINTING WORKSHOPS: TEXTURAL PATTERNS IN NATURE WITH SONIA 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 painting on canvas.

WHEN: Saturday 2 March 
TIME: 10:30am - 1:30pm 
VENUE: Tank 4
COST:
$60 for one workshop or $140 up to 4 workshops.  Participants to provide own materials. 
INFO & BOOKINGS: Sonia La Spina 0459 030 095 creative.interiors.cairns@gmail.com


SOUND RELAXATION

Immerse yourself in beautiful sounds and vibrations that are healing for your body, mind and spirit.

WHEN: Thursday 14 February
TIME: 6pm-7pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $15 per person
INFO & BOOKINGS: Marina of Sound Sojourn PH: 0407 320 099


PIANO IN PARADISE

Piano in Paradise is a new, fun and informal way of learning basic piano over an 8 week short course for adults.

WHEN: Wednesday evenings, starting 30 January - 20 March 2019 or Saturday mornings, starting 2 Feb - 23 March 2019
TIMES: Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm, Saturdays 9am - 10am
VENUE: Tank 4
COST: $650 for the 8 week course. Includes keyboard, stand and stool hire, course materials and 8x 1 hour group music tuition
INFO & BOOKINGS: Courtney 0421822661 or pianoinparadise2018@gmail.com


CAIRNS CHOCOLATE SCHOOL | WORKSHOP

Cairns Chocolate School are holding Chocolate making workshops for beginners monthly. Learn how to make chocolate and confections from scratch using Australian cocoa and equipment you already have in your own kitchen.

WHEN: Saturdays 16 February & 16 March
TIME: 10:00am -11:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $79 per person (discounts apply for 2 or more adult bookings)
INFO & BOOKINGS: www.heavenlycacao.com.au/classes


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 23 February & 30 March
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039