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Queensland artists to bare their art and soul in their search for belonging

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Published Wednesday 3 June 2020
  • Disability and Mental Health

Art from the Margins (AFTM) Queensland Outsider Art Awards returns in September 2020. Due to COVID-19, this thought-provoking exhibition will be online, with an exhibition for the Finalists hosted onsite at AFTM Gallery & Studios from 28 September 2020.

Since its inception with AFTM in 2008, the Outsider Art Awards has sought to showcase the talented work of hundreds of artists living with adversity and disadvantage. Now re-made as the AFTM Queensland Outsider Art Awards and taking place every two years in rotation, for the first time the local Award will be open to artists across Queensland with all entries received exhibited.

AFTM, a creative initiative of Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ), supports, exhibits and promotes the work of artists living with adversity, mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities, or experiencing homelessness and social isolationArt from the Margins was created as a place for disabled and disadvantaged artist to feel like they belong. It has been their mission since we founded the initiative in 2008 and will continue to be its mission long into the future” said Geoff Batkin, CEO at WMQ.

In 2020, the theme of the Queensland Outsider Art Awards is “belonging”.  A simple word for a huge concept - whether it be the need to belong or finally having found a place where they do. This compelling exhibition provides the platform for these artists to bring valuable life experience and showcase what ‘belonging’ means to them.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the 2020 AFTM Queensland Outsider Art Awards offers a prize pool up to $4000. Entry is open to Queensland artists of all ages and disciplines who are experiencing mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities, social isolation and homelessness.


Find out more here

Image Credits (2018 AFTM Outsider Art Award recipient):  Rhys Craig, Rhys, reduction relief print.