Michel Tuffery: Transforma

Airds | 22 February – 12 April 2014

Transforma is a seven week residency by New Zealand-based artist Michel Tuffery. Located in Airds in South Western Sydney, Transforma has four main components: the retrieval of cars dumped in the Woolwash area of the Upper Georges River, an outdoor sculpture studio located in the car park of the Airds Bradbury Central, ongoing workshops with young people, and a series of public programs culminating in a major public event. This C3West project, commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre (on behalf of Campbelltown City Council) and MCA Australia, aims to raise local awareness of the links between river health and behaviours such as arson, dumping and littering, and is the culmination of three extended residencies by Tuffery in the area.

Join us on April 12 to celebrate the launch of Tuffery’s Transforma sculpture – a massive bust of a kangaroo made from the bodies of cars abandoned then salvaged from the Upper Georges River. The BBQ built into the body of the sculpture will be put to good use, and the achievements of Tuffery’s seven-week residency celebrated. The evening will feature results of ongoing workshops with local youth, including live performances, video projections, and woodblock prints.

Special Event

Transforma Party
– C3West project, Airds NSW

12 April 2014


Airds Bradbury Central car park


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Transforma gallery and timeline

Browse our timeline of photos, interviews and events and follow Michel Tuffery’s transformation of wrecked cars into a sculpture in the Airds shopping centre car park.

Events and activities

Outdoor studio, Airds Bradbury Central car park | 24 February – 10 April 2014
Tuffery will reconfigure cars retrieved from the Upper Georges River into Transforma, a major sculpture to be located in the Airds Bradbury Central car park. Visitors very welcome.

Transforma – Our river community meeting | 11 am – 1pm, Wednesday 19 March 2014
Tuffery partners with community leaders and experts in the field to address local environmental issues. The event will include visual presentations and an open Q&A session. Free event. Bookings are essential: phone (02) 4645 4100.

Transforma party | 4.30 – 7 pm, Saturday 12 April 2014
This celebration will feature live performance, projections, local DJs, and an exhibition of woodblock prints created by local youth under Tuffery’s tutelage – as well as the public unveiling of Tuffery’s Transforma sculpture.

About the artist

Michel Tuffery is an established New Zealand-based artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Tahitian heritage who works and exhibits throughout the Asia-Pacific. He works across a diverse range of media, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance, new media and animation. The artist’s practice is grounded in his Polynesian heritage and his relationship to the Pacific region, its people and the environment. He often works collaboratively with a wide range of communities from fellow artists to school children, creating sites of engagement around ideas of contested histories and cultural conflict. In 2008 he was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit.

Project Partners

Artist: Michel Tuffery
Cultural Partner: Campbelltown Arts Centre

Thanks to our community and business partners:
Airds Bradbury Renewal Project
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Ken Shafer Auto Body and Tiger Towing
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