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COMMUNITY | An ‘outsider’ chance!

This week John was involved in secret squirrel business. He was participating, for the third year running, in the judging for Art from the Margins Exhibition and Award. This year’s Brisbane Festival will again team up with Wesley Mission Brisbane to present Art From The Margins Exhibition. In the creative tradition of the international outsider art movement, this free exhibition features raw, truthful and inspiring artworks.

As a Committee Member of Art from the Margins (AFTM), John was again delighted to participate in the judging for the award which offers exposure, opportunity and encouragement for artists challenged by social isolation or disadvantage. He was also impressed by the quality and artistic merit of many of the artworks, noting that “the range and quality of works is impressive and each year we are privileged to be able to encounter so many different ways of viewing and being in the world”.

“Each artist is sharing something unique and each artwork shows passion and commitment to communicate a vision,” John said.

“The success of the exhibition depends entirely on each individual artist generously sharing their creativity and stories.”

AFTM invited all artists who experience homelessness disadvantage, disability or isolation to enter their artwork into the 2013 AFTM Brisbane Festival Exhibition. This year approximately 400 pieces of artworks produced by over 200 artists will be on show.

The exhibition will run from 12–22 September at Brisbane Institute of Art, Windsor, as well as Wesley House and Vera Wade Gallery, Brisbane City. An opening event, where award winners will be announced, will be held at 6pm on 13 September at Brisbane Institute Art, Windsor.

AFTM will also be presenting Sidewalk Markets on 14 September outside Wesley House at 140 Ann Street, Brisbane, and showcasing works by emerging artists and creatives. The Sidewalk Markets promise to be a fun day full of music, art, craft, coffee and some handmade treats will be on display.

AFTM bridges the gap between the community and artists. By offering this opportunity and hosting this market we hope our local artists gain exposure and experience interaction direct with customers and the community.

We’ll again be searching for works to purchase for inclusion in Harbinger Consultants’ growing outsider art collection. It’s one way we support our community and recognise the valuable social and cultural impact and contribution of outsider art. You can support AFTM by attending these events or visiting the AFTM online gallery and shop.



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