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About Us

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Our Story 

We empower artists living with mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities or those experiencing homelessness and social isolation by giving a pathway to enrichment, personal growth and professional development through creative practice.

Established in 2008, Art from the Margins began as a program to support homeless artists through an art award and exhibition held at the Albert Street Uniting Church in Brisbane. With the support of Wesley Mission Queensland, AFTM has expanded its services and art prize to artists living with adversity throughout the Brisbane region and beyond.

Our vision is to transform the lives of those experiencing adversity and disability through the joy of art, by being a leading provider of visual arts programs and opportunities for disadvantaged artists in Queensland.


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Our Goals 

At AFTM, we're here to assist our artists build their self-confidence that carries over to all aspects of their lives.

As a non-profit creative program through Wesley Mission Queensland, we strive towards:

  • Foster the creative talents of people living with adversity and disabilities
  • Celebrate the achievements of people living with adversity and disabilities 
  • Increase community awareness of the creative talent of people living with adversity and disabilities
  • Continue being a sustainable organization by securing resources needed to deliver the program


AFTM 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan