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AFTM new exhibition: Catching Light

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Published Tuesday 11 December 2018
  • Disability and Mental Health

The first exhibition of Art from the Margin’s (AFTM) Inspired AIR program, Catching Light, officially opened on Saturday 24 November, showcasing the six-week mentorship program between the AFTM Foto Group and Artists-in-Residence (AIR) VERGE Collective.

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Exploring the possibilities of photography and new mixed media within each artist’s individual practices, Catching Light presents a diverse look into the capabilities of photographic and new media art.

The AFTM Foto Group is a collective of ten Outsider Artists who meet regularly at AFTM Gallery & Studios to refine and explore their art-making practices. The group was joined by the first Inspired AIR mentors, VERGE Collective who facilitated workshops on photographic techniques and artwork selection, with a focus on building professional artistic skills.

VERGE Collective artist-in-residency will be the first of three residencies under the Inspired AIR program, all of which aim to provide professional development opportunities for AFTM’s emerging Outsider Artists through collaboration, mentorship, public program events, and exhibitions.

Wendy Hewton is one of the Foto Group members whose work is showcased in Catching Light.

“Our group have just had the privilege of participating in the Inspired AIR program. It has been a fantastic experience!” she said. 

“Through a series of workshops, the VERGE Collective artists encouraged, challenged and inspired us to take our photography to a new level. This culminated in the Catching Light exhibition currently showing at the AFTM Gallery.”

Participating as mentors has also been a rewarding experience for VERGE Collective, affirming the importance of artistic expression.

“Each of the AFTM Foto Group artists has dedicated a great deal of their time and enthusiasm to this endeavour. Their work invites us to reflect on the importance of holding space for the positive generative energy that creative practice contributes to our lives. We hope that the Catching Light exhibition will stimulate a continued enthusiasm for this practice.” Verge Collective

AFTM Foto Group artists include Charles Charalambous, Levi DiBall, Magda Labuda, Margarita Iakovleva, Neil Bates, Robert Walmsley-Evans, Wendy Hewton, Tamika Peterson, Pierre Crowl, and Colleen Stevenson.

VERGE Collective is an all-female collective formed by six photography and new media artists currently living and working in Brisbane and surrounds. The collective aims to initiate and implement artistic and professional development opportunities tailored to support its female members who manage work and family commitments as they seek to consolidate their artistic practices. VERGE Collective artists are Vanessa Bertagnole, Julia Scott Green, Christine Ko, Lisa Kurtz, Tamara Whyte, and Emma Wright

AFTM, a creative initiative of Wesley Mission Queensland, supports, exhibits and promotes the work of artists living with adversity, mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities, or experiencing homelessness and social isolation.

Inspired AIR has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

Artworks are on sale at the exhibition. 

Catching Light runs from 24 November to 12 January 2019 at the Art From the Margins gallery:
136 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Open 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday 2018
Monday – Saturday 2019
The gallery is closed for Christmas/new year holidays from 24 December 2018 – 5 January 2019

Admission to the exhibition is free.