Wesley Arts has been inspiring and guiding artists through inclusive arts practice across South East Queensland over the past decade. Bringing together the Art from the Margins and the Stellar Arts brands, Wesley Arts aims to transform the lives of those experiencing adversity and disability through visual, performing and digital art programs.
Since its establishment in 2008 by founder Professor Ian Airey, Art from the Margins has empowered artists living with mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities or those experiencing homelessness and isolation. Stellar Arts (established in 2018) has worked to provide both performing and visual arts workshops designed to support people living with a disability to experience the wide-reaching benefits of creative endeavours.
In 2021, Art from the Margins and Stellar Arts combined to create Wesley Arts; a program that provides a broad range of arts workshops for marginalised people. Wesley Arts provides opportunities, giving a pathway to enrichment, personal growth and professional development through creative practice.
Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) is a not-for-profit community service provider that offers community support, hardship and emergency relief, mental health services, aged, disability and palliative care, and retirement living across Queensland. WMQ operates as a mission activity of the Albert Street Uniting Church to provide accessible and flexible services to older people, those living with a disability or mental illness, and vulnerable children and families.
Annie is well known to the Queensland arts sector having worked for 30 years as a performer, teacher, program director (Woodford Folk Festival), creator/producer (Women in Voice), director (Flipside Circus, Rhapsodaisy Music) and various other major events. She joined Wesley Mission in Queensland in 2018, establishing creative arts programs, now managing the broader Wesley Arts service. Annie is passionate about creating equitable access to creative arts exploration and practice, believing the arts connects us, shares our stories and transforms lives.
Lenine Bourke (BaA. Hons, Bed) is a community-engaged artist and researcher, working with people and their local environments to consider different approaches to our ever-changing future. Lenine joined Wesley Mission Queensland in 2021 and is currently the manager at Art from the Margins Arts Centre in Fortitude Valley.
Join the Wesley Arts network! Wesley Arts has worked with a number of vital arts and non-arts organizations focusing on creating community-led arts experiences. Below are just some of the organisations we have worked with. If your company is also invested in community-led arts, please reach out.