Arts workshop for young people: Our Perfect New World Project with Darren Blackman

27feb11:00 am1:00 pmArts workshop for young people: Our Perfect New World Project with Darren BlackmanWorkshop for Young Artists


(Sunday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


The Court House

38 Abbott Street

Event Details

A workshop for young artists aged 12 to 18, to develop their skills and learn new creative techniques alongside award-winning artist, Darren Blackman.

Did you know stamps can be made from very accessible materials? This workshop will walk you through each step of designing, cutting and printing with your newly made stamps.  

A fun workshop with skills building, and you get to learn a printmaking technique you can do at home without a press! 

All materials provided.

Works of art created by young workshop participants will feature in an exhibition at The Court House.

These sessions are being held as part of the Cairns opening weekend of Paint the Town, the 2021 touring exhibition of the 2021 Queensland Regional Art Awards.

See the full program of events in Cairns, happening 25 – 26 February.

Registration is mandatory for this free program. Please call Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre on 4032 6650 to secure your place.

Please note, registrations for this program are managed by Cairns Regional Council. For any other queries, contact or call 07 3216 1322.

Additional Information

2021 First Nations Art Award Winner: Darren Blackman

A Gureng Gureng/ Gangalu man, Darren grew up in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast, where he studied art at High School before finishing a plumbing trade. He left the region to work in Western Queensland, Cape York, and the Torres Strait. From those years working in communities, Blackman’s observations of First Nations struggles to retain culture and autonomy would inform his arts practice of the institutionalised oppression imposed on Indigenous people.  

Settling in Cairns, Blackman took the opportunity to complete a Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Cultural Arts, at the renowned Cairns Tafe arts studio which was responsible for the Far North Qld cultural arts movement producing many acclaimed Indigenous artists. On completion of the Diploma, he attained a Trainer and Assessor Certificate allowing him to work as a trainer and studio facilitator throughout Cape York, refining his own skills in multiple disciplines. 

Predominantly a printmaker, Blackman’s practice as a cultural artist, is of stories from his own clan documenting a post-colonial history. Darren is currently studying his bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art at Griffith Queensland College of Art.