Arts / Sukumaran exhibition inspires programs

Woden Valley Youth Choir perform at the opening of ‘Another Day in Paradise’. Photo by Martin Ollman

IN an effort to stimulate discussion about a provocative art exhibition, Tuggeranong Arts Centre is staging a series of public programs called “The Human Condition”.

Running currently at the arts centre is “Another Day in Paradise”, the work of Myuran Sukumaran, who was executed in Bali in 2015, backed up with works by five contemporary Australian artists whose works respond to the death penalty and the question of human rights.

“The Human Condition” encourages the community to explore the challenging questions likely to emerge from the exhibition, especially among young people. To that end, the centre is operating guided tours for school groups, some led by student volunteers from Narrabundah College and Lake Tuggeranong College.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s CEO Rauny Worm says: “Sukumaran’s paintings and story offer rich and powerful stimulus for discussion and reflection on their own.”

“But the responses from young people, whether in words, music, visual art or movement, add another dimension to the experience,” Rauny says.

Next up is “A Vigil for the Moon”, a concert featuring young local performers from the Woden Valley Youth Choir’s Australis Voices and Spectra Vocal Ensemble, dancers from the Fresh Funk program and student poets from Lake Tuggeranong College.

After that, Orana Steiner School’s senior drama students will be staging an original dramatic piece called  “Skin and Bone”, to be performed in the centre’s gallery on April 5, at 6pm, and April 7, at 3pm.

“Word Portraits” is a competition for young people to create a self-portrait in words and the “My Human Condition” Art Award offers local young people the opportunity to create a visual self-portrait in the medium of their choice.

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“The Human Condition”, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway, until April 29. “A Vigil for the Moon”, at the centre, 2pm and 4pm, this Saturday March 17, free but bookings advisable to which also provides details of exhibitions, programs and competitions.

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