Homeless art exhibition opens at Brisbane Festival

From the Thursday to Sunday Art From The Margins held its annual exhibition during the Brisbane Festival.

This year marks the Wesley Mission initiative’s tenth year involved with the festival and the theme of the exhibition was “celebration”.

Wesley Brown with his art. Photo by Tomas Kuru

Art From The Margins started as an art program for the homeless based in Fortitude Valley, offering art lessons and opportunities for exhibitions to disadvantaged Brisbanites.

The not-for-profit program was started by Wesley Mission in 2007, and aims to enrich the lives of people living on the street.

The exhibition took place inside Brisbane City Hall, and featured work from over 100 art groups and individuals.

Before the event awards for outstanding and emerging artists were given out, with the help from judges John Armstrong, Peter Breen, and the director of Museum of Brisbane Ranai Grace.

Wesley Brown is one of the artists whose work is being displayed at the exhibition and uses aluminium as his canvas.

“I’ve been painting for 2 and a half years, after getting involved with Art From The Margins,” Mr Brown said.

“My art starts with an idea, then changes as I work on it,”

“I start with an idea, then use water colours to put on a base then put gloss over it,”

“I don’t have much patience anymore since my stroke! It’s easier for me to pour paint on,”

“Art From The Margins is great, we have art lessons and has helped with odd years.”

Wesley won commended awards for both of his pieces.

Most paintings were and are still for sale, with all profits going directly to the artist.

The event was opened by Director of Brisbane Festival, David Berthold on Thursday night.


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