Category Archives: Past workshops

Workshops and projects.

Large scale community projects


As an artist I am concerned with all wastage endemic in our society.   By sourcing large amounts of used packaging waste to make enormous interactive public instalation sculpture I am demonstrating the amount of materials freely available.  I aim to include as many people as possible in my art installations.

Rocket-A-Maze at the Tanks Art Centre Photos by Colyn Huber

Cairns Childrens Festival 2015 LogoAnd finally, after many workshops, collaborations, and much making the day of the Cairns Children’s Festival came around.

Over 2000 people came through the labrynth, many added their own names, drawings and artwork.  Children played in the boxes, speeding through the many twists and turns.

Rocket-A-Maze at the Tanks by Ruby Bou

Cairns Children’s Festival – Waste Not World

For the first Cairns Children’s at the Tanks children from Edge Hill State School were invited to make life sized silhouettes of themselves to populate a cardboard maze world. The child was the creative director and the adult was the technical coordinator, who does the cutting and enabling the imagination. The child then decorated the cardboard silhouette with old clothing and oil pastels. The negative cardboard offcuts were used to create a growing multidimensional Waste Not World in the Tinker Tank.

Chinese New Year – Horse

20,000 pack Grafton Street in Cairns CBD to welcome Chinese New Year of the Horse in 2014

RECORD crowd numbers crammed into Cairns CBD to welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Horse on Saturday.

About 20,000 people hit Grafton and Shields Sts to watch the parade and take part in the traditional Chinese celebrations, including the awakening of the dragon ceremony used to ring in the new year.

Text and some photos from Cairns Post.

Chinese New Year 2013 Snake

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We celebrated the year of the snake on Grafton Street.  I had been collecting the hose pipes from the bins out the back of  Good Guys for months.  It was a hot day, people sheltering in the shade, making things.  The tables were full!  We listened to the singing on the stage and waited until the fire works went off in time to the singing.

Cairns Sustainable Living Expo 2012

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Cairns Sustainable Living Expo doubles in size

Coordinated by Cairns Regional Council and Tropical North Queensland Tafe, the annual Sustainable Living Expo aims to bring people together to celebrate, learn and have fun.

The 2012 Sustainable Living Expo saw over 2000 people visit the 45 exhibitors who displayed their products and services ranging from renewable energy, permaculture, local tropical foods, upcycled wares and community groups representing conservation, climate change and sustainable living.

The day was a community celebration of sustainability – there were colourful recycled fashion installations by Tafe fashion students and delightful roving performers; local musicians the Montgomery Brothers and Reggae Bliss entertained the crowd. Most popular were the children’s “Junk into Funk” tent and demonstrations every half hour on; how to make your own hot water service, how to make a haybale garden, designing a sustainable home, solar thermal power and more.

Entries from the schools “What makes the world a better place” photography competition were on display and the winners were announced. Some of the entrant’s pictures will be displayed here soon.

Council and Tafe would like to thank everyone involved in the 2012 Expo who helped make the day a wonderful success.

(from Council Press Release)

Cairns Sustainable Living Expo