‘Superpowers’ on show at exhibition 

The diversity and creativity of more than 100 Multicap artists is on display at Wesley Mission Queensland’s Art from the Margins gallery in Brisbane. 

Officially opened on 17 July, the Superpowers of Us exhibition features artworks by Centre of Creative Arts (COCA) customers from eight Multicap sites across Queensland. 

Multicap Board Chair Angela Tillmanns said that “while Sydney has the Archibald (national portrait prize), Queensland has the Superpowers of Us”. 

“This is not just about encouraging and exploring creativity, it's also about connection between our Multicap COCA artists and the wider community,” she said. 

COCA artist Cameron came up with the exhibition title when reflecting on work the artists had done for another exhibition: "Wow, just look at the superpowers of us!" he said. 

"I'm really proud of our work,” Cameron said. “I'm excited, very happy and proud. We are painters and it's easy work for me. You think of an idea and then go with it. I did the paintings of cars because I used to look at cars every weekend with my dad.” 

Some 200 pieces are on display. Many pieces are for sale, with a large number already sold. 

Multicap Creative Program Manager Suzanne said there were many benefits to the art program and the exhibition. 

“While the bigger picture was to develop and enhance opportunities and connection with communities, for many of our COCA artists the important part is working in a group and the sheer joy of doing it,” she said. “You can see this through the pieces that are on display and the stories from the artist next to them." 

COCA artists and facilitators, family and friends, Multicap Board members, staff and executive, and executives and staff from Art from the Margins and Wesley Mission attended the opening.  

The exhibition is open until Friday, 3 September 2021. Entry is free. You can also purchase pieces from the exhibition online via https://artfromthemargins.myshopify.com/collections/current-exhibition  

Art from the Margins is at 136 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, and is open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. 

https://www.wmq.org.au/communities/art-from-the-margins  

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