Tanks Arts Centre school holiday program 8 – 12 April 2019


These one day workshops have been developed for young people aged 10 plus who have an interest in design, gaming and having fun!

Join workshop facilitators Mark Edwards and Daniel Wallwork to develop Cairns’ very own Minecraft resource pack. A resource pack is the artwork that is seen within the game of Minecraft, this includes all the blocks, trees, animals, tools and environmental textures.

Using the expertise of the Botanic Gardens Curator, students will redesign the plants, flowers and tree textures of virtual Cairns. Contemporary and historical building components will be researched and developed to create a truly Far North Queensland feel within the game.

Cairns Minecraft provides a space for likeminded creative builders to get together, work on projects, create art and play in a safe, local, monitored environment.

One day Workshops

COST:          $35 for one day
VENUE:       Tank 3
TIME:           10am – 2pm
INFO:           Mark Edwards (07) 4044 3266
BOOKINGS: (07) 4032 6650 Limited places available.






Tanks Arts Centre school holiday program 3 – 5 October 2018

Workshops were held at the Tanks Arts Centre on 3 – 5 October 2018. During the workshops students built Lake Street and Shields Street. The students used printed detail plans and Google Earth to measure the sizes and used Google Street View to work out what textures to use. See the images below of what was built and have a look at some of the plans we used. If you would like to finish the Shields Street section, have a look at the plans down the page and get on the server!

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Find out more about the development of the streets:

Shields Street Heart stages 1 & 2

Shields Street Public Art

Lake Street

School of Arts

Lake Street redevelopment

Lake Street


Shields Street stage 1


Shields Street stage 2


Ravenshoe School Holiday Program 11 – 13 April 2018

Cairns Minecraft delivered workshops at the Ravenshoe Community Centre where 8 students and 3 volunteers worked together to measure and build the Ravenshoe Community Centre complex. The workshops also covered server management, plugins, World Edit, World Painter and mini game design.

The students built a Spleef arena in the two basketball courts next to the community centre and with a little help from some players in Cairns they created an awesome meteor impact crater Survival Games arena. Check out the video below.



Community Centre complex with houses in the foreground


Temple of the Rainbow Sheep and Meteor Survival Games Arena to the top left.


Students hard at work.


World Painter map, 4000 x 4000 blocks which equates to 4 km x 4km.


Aerial view.


One of the awesome houses.


Coding and Robotics workshops at Cairns Libraries

The Hour of Code workshops were a huge success. Students learnt coding, developed skills in the popular virtual world of Minecraft and explored the Cairns Minecraft server. Hour of Code is a global movement introducing millions of young people worldwide to computer science, inspiring them to learn more. For more information click the links below:

Image below: Will showing off his build during the Hour of Code workshop at Headspace Cairns.


Check out the Cairns Sun story from the April 2016 workshops at the Tanks Arts Centre!