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The Servant Network

Art from the Margins

Since making its first acts of compassion and kindness in 1847, the Albert Street Church congregation has had a vital presence in Brisbane, particularly among people who have found themselves in need or on the margins of society.

What is The Servant Network?

The Servant Network was created in 2004 to provide practical support for people experiencing homelessness and isolation. The Servant Network supports the work of Art from the Margins and Community Meal. 

Art from the Margins

Art from the Margins (AFTM) is a not-for-profit visual arts program providing disadvantaged artists with art mentoring, professional development, practical art classes and the opportunity to exhibit work through prominent public showcases.

The idea was born in a Brisbane park beside a coffee van when a member of the Albert Street Uniting Church’s Servant Network was talking with an artist living in isolation. The artist spoke about the challenges facing artists living with disadvantage when they try to display their work in a public space or participate in the wider arts community.

Community Meal

Community Meal has been serving people who find themselves in times of hardship since 2005, and runs each Wednesday night in Fortitude Valley.

The free meal provides a vital lifeline for more than 80 marginalised people and offers them a nutritious, three-course, hot meal. Supported by The Servant Network, the service aims to assist people experiencing disadvantage, many of whom are facing the challenges of social isolation. It’s an opportunity for people to engage with others, eat some healthy food and feel part of the wider Brisbane community.

How to get involved

Contact us if you would like to find out more about the work of The Servant Network.

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