Martin-Ollman photograph of a nurse

First Response presents new works by artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia, and Shannon Hanrahan.

23 July 2020

Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s new exhibition, First Response, was launched yesterday (Saturday 25 July) providing Canberrans with an exciting multi-disciplinary documentation of Canberra’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Response presents new works by artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia, and Shannon Hanrahan.

Commissioned by Tuggeranong Arts Centre, the works highlight Canberra’s unique role as the national centre of this crisis, as well as showing the profound and personal effects the pandemic response is having on individuals and communities in the ACT.

Conceived and developed during isolation, Tuggeranong Arts Centre CEO Rauny Worm says First Response captures the uncertainty and that marked the past three months.

“Somehow there was no escape from the many questions this pandemic was confronting us with, so we decided to explore what it was doing to us, to our community and how we as a place are dealing with it,” Worm says.

“It’s humbling to see so many people from different areas of ACT Government, community, business and the arts embracing the project with incredible positivity.

“The First Response exhibition is testament to the resilience and empathy of the Canberra community. Plagued reflects the strength we have to get through what lies ahead.”

First Response is showing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from 25 July - 19 September.

For more information please visit www.tuggeranongarts.com/events/first-response.

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