Through experienced programming that is tailored to your needs and abilities in a friendly social environment, you’ll meet people, learn skills that you can transfer to all areas of your life, and most of all, have fun!
We offer programs for beginners to advanced, including workshops and exhibitions. There is so much to gain from learning together in a supportive group environment – develop your teamwork skills, concentration or ability to communicate with others.
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Come and explore mark-making with artist Christine Butler exploring a range of media. This is a weekly process of experimentation, getting to know different visual arts techniques to find what really works for you. Then creating some significant works.
Christine runs “The Little Art Cottage” with art classes in many different mediums. Known for her bold and lively scribble dog portraits scratching and scribbling many layers.
An enjoyable and social creative workshop series, filled with various art experiences suitable for beginners through to more advanced. Develop diverse skills using various mediums to create both 2D and 3D objects. From mixed media paintings on canvas to clay creations, the facilitators are there to guide and support you as you delve into diverse practical projects while gaining and expanding your knowledge of various art techniques.
Through this introduction to hand-building ceramics program, participants will develop skills and knowledge in working successfully with clay to design and make their own functional, creative ceramic pieces. With expert technical support and guidance to explore individual self-expression throughout the creative process, participants will work at their own pace to learn hand-building construction (eg slab building, coil building, pinch pot methods) and decoration techniques (eg painting with underglazes, imprinting and carving textures etc) while making a project of their own unique designThroughout each session participants will participate in a positive community activity with opportunity to develop their social and communication skills, as well as having the experience of successfully turning an idea into a finished project, increase individual confidence and independence while having fun and being creative.
Rhianon is an artist, art therapist, social program evaluator and homelessness researcher, but mostly she just loves to make stuff that makes people happy.
Choose your own adventure!
In the first week of this studio program participants will each be able to identify 1 or 2 new techniques they would like to learn. This could include painting, craft, printmaking, sculpture, clay or whatever your creativity needs to flourish. Our facilitator will plan the program from these contributions. Some excursions may take place.
An enjoyable and social creative workshop series filled with various art experiences. Develop diverse skills using various mediums. Our facilitators are there to guide and support you as you delve into diverse practical projects while gaining and expanding your knowledge of various art techniques.
Runs with the 2023 school term:
Terri runs numerous visual art and crafting workshops for Wesley Arts as well as assisting in office administration.
Workshops will assist artists in developing their artistic practice towards exhibitions through participation in the exploration of materials and techniques and the development of concepts. The workshop includes practical workshops providing instruction in technique and process, excursions, writing artistic intents, writing grant proposals, developing bodies of work and following processes that will result in exhibition standards.
Duane is a Jiman (Yimen) man from Carnarvon Gorge country. Duane 's artwork implements the power of Dadirri (deep listening) meditation. He is a notable part of the West End community, working as a cultural educator and public artist.
This studio will focus on an individualised plan for each participant. You will have an opportunity to discuss your vision or your practice with the facilitator and from there a plan for the term will be put into place. This group will also have the opportunity to dive into conceptual and experimental practices to consider new ways their artwork can tell the world what is important to them.
This studio will focus on an individualised plan for each participant. You will have an opportunity to discuss your vision or your practice with the facilitator and from there a plan for the term will be put into place. This group will also have the opportunity to dive into conceptual and experimental practices to consider new ways their artwork can tell the world what is important to them. Some participants stay the entire day.
With our mentorship programs, you can work alongside one of our professional staff to build skills in a real gallery. Mentorship options include:
A one-week mentorship looking at the ways an exhibition is instilled, including framing, curating the spaces and techniques for hanging and presentation. We offer six of these mentorships per year.
Learn how to manage an art collection. Work alongside us to ensure the successful transportation and installation of art works in various places around Brisbane, and learn documentation, contracting and lease agreement processes. This mentorship involves attending Art From The Margins Gallery and Studios for a half-day each week for 12 weeks.
Events management mentorships align with the specific events that take place at Art From The Margins Gallery and Studios throughout the year. Whether you are working on an opening event or a public program of activities, you'll learn transferable skills in stage management, producing and programming.
Each mentorship is costed differently.
Are you an artist looking for a studio space? We offer full-time, part-time, or single-day residencies where we provide you with a small studio space and resources in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. Costs vary depending on your needs.
We have a variety of opportunities for emerging and established curators to work alongside us at our Arts Centre in Fortitude Valley.
Firstly, we need volunteer mentors, to support artists when planning their exhibitions and assisting with various shows throughout the year.
Secondly, we are developing a Curators Network, for those interested in addressing the intersectional barriers for the public to engage in more art spaces. To explore the ways in which art can be exhibited not only to engage more diverse community members but also to develop innovations in curatorial practices that support diverse publics.
We want to explore how a small gallery space like ours can present work to the public which is responsive to the times we live in and addresses the ableist practices in many galleries and museums already. Addressing access needs from height of work and hanging practices, to size of font on signage and didactics as a starting point. Then expanding into visionary practices in 3d and participatory styles to new ideas in assisted technology. We welcome established and emerging curators to join us at Art From The Margins Arts Centre in Fortitude Valley.
This year we have established a Makers Collective based on the historical and recent explorations into new enterprising models. We have a weekly program now running on Mondays 10-12 for artists interesting in developing smaller works for sale in market and store settings. We are also looking at business partners who will join us investing in the sensation work of these artists to modify their works into new forms and share their stories to a wider audience. The focus is also on finding new income streams for artists moving forward.
Art from the Margins has for over a decade presented the Outsider Art Award. As we make the move to combine our program with Stellar Arts under this new initiative known as Wesley Arts we will also be reimagining the art Awards.
We feel it is not time to tackle some big topics that impact the artists who come to Art from the Margins Arts Centre, those with a disability, mental health struggles and people living with disadvantages. Instead of considering ourselves as outsiders, we want to embrace the term Outlier, which as described by Malcolm Gladwell, author of the 2008 book titled ‘Outliers’. This is where Gladwell describes that people achieve things in their lives for all different reasons. Including those people who perhaps remain detached from the main body of a system. “An outlier lives a rather special life compared to the majority of people”. We love this idea, because although many people at Art From the margins have lived a complicated, often very challenging life, everyone is rich with imagination, story, creativity and empathy for the rest of our community.
Therefore, some of the big topics we would like to explore through the Art Awards in the coming years include Climate Justice and its impacts on the most vulnerable. New visions for the future of housing, as the rise of women over 55 are most impacted with housing accessible. And creating a chosen family, and many people have been separated from family for many reasons, but still build close ties to one another through art.
Exhibitions and professional workshops to support and promote talented artists in Brisbane and beyond living with mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities or experiencing homelessness and social isolation.
‘When Two Worlds Meet’ is an insight into the creative worlds of two local Queensland artists, Annika Strand and Tom Doyle, who both live with cerebral palsy.
This exhibition is open until 3 June 2022 at the Art From The Margins Gallery.
Art from the Margins Gallery & Studios
This project seeks to foster education and understanding of First Nations communities by representing artists who experience barriers to exhibiting their art commercially.
This exhibition is open until 6 June 2022.
106 Newmarket Rd