A special story – how Tiger Studio came to be
Tiger Studio is a great example of what communities can achieve together in times of unexpected sadness.
Tiger Studio is named in memory of the late Tony “Tiger” Barden – father of Araluen participant, James, and a man who was generous in his support of Araluen during his life. A multimedia studio had always been planned for Araluen’s Diamond Creek site since it opened in 2015. After Tony’s sudden passing, the Barden family provided the funding to make this dream a reality. Soon, many people followed their example and enough money was raised to build and fit out Tiger Studio.
Much care has been taken to ensure that Tiger Studio is a visually stunning and unique environment. Mostly, it’s an inspiring place where Tony’s personality and memory is always present. James Barden has been heavily involved in the process of interior design for the space, along with fellow Araluen-based artist, Kylie Gentle. This amazing legacy will benefit Araluen’s budding performance artists well into the future.
Araluen thanks the many people who’ve come together to create this special place, whether through the giving of time, money, in-kind donations or other forms of support.