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Performing & Literary Arts

Our performing arts workshops, mentorship and performing opportunities are available to all ages and abilities across Brisbane. We offer singing, drumming, drama, magic and more. Through experienced tuition that is tailored to your needs and abilities in a friendly social environment, you’ll meet new people, learn skills that you can transfer to all areas of your life, and most of all, have fun!

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Workshops

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We also offer specialised group sessions where we can come to you – for instance, delivered directly to your supported disability accommodation – and have a range of one-to-one sessions. These currently include singing, musical instruments, dance and even poetry. Our workshops are offered under the NDIS as well as a range of other funding options.

All our workshops are tailored to the goals and needs of our participants. Let us know if you're interested in a particular art form that we don't offer. Whether it’s poetry, circus, a dance style, learning an instrument or more, Wesley Arts connects with arts organisations in South East Queensland, and can create a one-to-one or small group session for you to build the skills in your chosen art form.

Music Day workshop

  • Learn a range of musical skills, from beginners through to more advanced
  • Enhance fitness, coordination, flexibility, balance and circulation
  • Learn your favourite songs, create new music and discover your unique voice
  • Explore your musical preferences and gain performance skills

Drumming, movement, singing and playing musical instruments, our music workshop is open to all to discover the joys of creating music with others.

With three facilitators guiding you through the day, you will be able to learn a variety of new skills, create new songs and have the opportunity to perform!

Runs all year from 10 January to 5 December 2022.

Location
9 Pellinore Road Bracken Ridge QLD 4017

 

$150 per session.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitators for this workshop

The Joy Dispensary's mission is to uplift, inspire, empower, educate and entertain through creative and joyful expression.

 

The joy dispensary

Facilitator for this workshop

Tim Jackman is an actor, lyricist, playwright, singer, voiceover artist and guitarist who has been performing for and with children and adults for nearly two decades. Tim is also a regular panelist on 612ABC Brisbane.  When not entertaining others, he enjoys playing cricket non-stop with his two boys.
Singing teacher at Wesley Arts, Tim Jackman
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Singing

  • Learn vocal technical skills that support vocal quality
  • Discover your own unique voice
  • Explore your musical preferences and gain performance skills

In these lively and joyful workshops, you’ll learn the core principles of technical singing and apply your newfound skills to sing harmoniously together as a group and share these skills in performance with your community.

Through vocal technical warm ups, canons and rounds and a diverse repertoire of songs, you’ll not only develop your vocal quality, but also expand your range of musical influences.

Runs all year from 11 January - 6 December 2022.

 

 

Location
6 Pegg Road Rocklea QLD 4106

 

$30 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries are available. 

Facilitator for this workshop

Tim Jackman is an actor, lyricist, playwright, singer, voiceover artist and guitarist who has been performing for and with children and adults for nearly two decades. Tim is also a regular panelist on 612ABC Brisbane. 

 

Singing teacher at Wesley Arts, Tim Jackman
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Percussion

  • Learn a range of rhythms to perform on drums, percussive instruments and your body
  • Enhance fitness, coordination, flexibility, balance and circulation
  • Create new songs by layering beats and rhythms

From movement to drums to all sorts of instruments, our percussion workshop brings your body actively into the music-making process! Test your brain with activating warm-ups, learn rhythms on drums, percussive instruments, buckets and even your body.

Runs with the 2022 school term:

  • 24 January - 1 April  
  • 19 April - 24 June 
  • 11 July - 16 September 
  • 4 October - 9 December 
Location
652 Albany Creek Road Albany Creek Qld 4035

 

$30 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitators for this workshop

The Joy Dispensary's mission is to uplift, inspire, empower, educate and entertain through creative and joyful expression. With over 40 years of combined and eclectic experiences.

 

The joy dispensary
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Singing

  • Learn vocal technical skills that support vocal quality
  • Discover your own unique voice
  • Explore your musical preferences and gain performance skills

In these lively and joyful workshops, you’ll learn the core principles of technical singing and apply your newfound skills to sing harmoniously and create music together as a group to your favourite songs.

These workshops are also highly customized, tailored to your own needs and can be accessed from your own home. Fully guided by your facilitator, you can also create new songs and perform your newfound skills in a supportive setting if that is your desired goal.

Runs all year from 12 January to 7 December 2022.

Online

 

$55 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitators for this workshop

Sophie Banister is the Performing and Digital Arts Coordinator as well as a workshop facilitator for drama, singing, Film & TV and music. Outside of Wesley Arts, Sophie is most known as a musical comedy performer.

 

Sophie Bannister, Wesley Arts

Facilitators for this workshop

Thien Pham is pianist, songwriter and composer known for his musicality and improvisation. Outside of WMQ, he performs musical comedy in festivals around Australia, co-hosts monthly variety night ‘Brisbaret’ with Sophie Banister.

 

Thien Pham from Wesley Arts
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African drumming

  • Learn a range of rhythms and the basic beats of the African djembe drum
  • Compose new songs by layering beats and rhythms in graded complexity
  • Develop stamina and endurance for performing.

Experience the joyful and relaxing rhythms of Africa, as you learn and layer the beats and rhythms of the djembe drum in a fun and social group environment. You’ll learn the basic beats and rhythms, and become practised at listening to and finding beats within layered compositions. Pronounced ‘jem-bay’, this hand-played instrument is perfect for beginners, yet has the capacity to endure many complex rhythms as the player becomes more skilled and confident.

These workshops are also highly customized, tailored to your own needs and can be accessed from your own home.

Runs all year from 12 January - 7 December 2022. 

 

Online

 

$30 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitators for this workshop

The Joy Dispensary's mission is to uplift, inspire, empower, educate and entertain through creative and joyful expression. With over 40 years of combined and eclectic experiences.

 

The joy dispensary
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African drumming

  • Learn a range of rhythms and the basic beats of the African djembe drum
  • Compose new songs by layering beats and rhythms in graded complexity
  • Develop stamina and endurance for performing.

Experience the joyful and relaxing rhythms of Africa, as you learn and layer the beats and rhythms of the djembe drum in a fun and social group environment. You’ll learn the basic beats and rhythms, and become practised at listening to and finding beats within layered compositions. Pronounced ‘jem-bay’, this hand-played instrument is perfect for beginners, yet has the capacity to endure many complex rhythms as the player becomes more skilled and confident.

Aspiring musicians and performers of all kinds will find something of benefit here – stamina, endurance and posture are all necessary skills developed through the art of drumming.

Runs all year from 12 January - 7 December 2022. 

 

Location
6 Pegg Road Rocklea QLD 4106

 

$30 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitators for this workshop

Elliott Orr is one of Australia’s leading proponents and performers of African drumming, has been beating skins and encouraging others to do the same since 1991.

African drumming and percussion

Facilitators for this workshop

Olivia Cosham loves to explore the joys of music-making and performance. She's performed in international theatre, music ensembles and dance troupes while teaching movement, African drumming and body percussion.

African drumming facilitator at Wesley Arts
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Singing

  • Learn vocal technical skills that support vocal quality
  • Discover your own unique voice
  • Explore your musical preferences and gain performance skills

In these lively and joyful workshops, you’ll learn the core principles of technical singing and apply your newfound skills to sing harmoniously together as a group and share these skills in performance with your community.

Through vocal technical warmups, canons and rounds and a diverse repertoire of songs, you’ll not only develop your vocal quality, but also expand your range of musical influences.

Location
136 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

 

$30 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 
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Drama

  • Learn to move, breathe and project your voice
  • Develop skills in writing, creating, rehearsing and performance
  • Enhance skills in empathy, perspective-taking and verbal and non-verbal expression

These exciting and active workshops allow participants to delve into the world of clowning, melodrama and improvisation. With gentle feedback and support from your experienced workshop facilitator, you’ll learn everything from basic movement and breath control, to voice projection skills.

As part of the workshop series, you will devise a short work based on the skills you learn, with the opportunity to present the work at the end of the term if this is your goal.

Runs with the 2022 school term:

  • 24 January - 1 April  
  • 19 April - 24 June 
  • 11 July - 16 September 
  • 4 October - 9 December 
Location
652 Albany Creek Road Albany Creek Qld 4035

 

$30 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitator for this workshop

Sophie Banister is the Performing and Digital Arts Coordinator as well as a workshop facilitator for drama, singing, Film & TV and music. Outside of Wesley Arts, Sophie is most known as a musical comedy performer.

 

Sophie Bannister, Wesley Arts
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  • Learn magic tricks and sleight of hand in a group setting
  • Learn to move, breathe and project your voice
  • Build skills to express yourself, find confidence and enhance skills in verbal and non-verbal expression.

Are you interested in learning a little magic? With gentle feedback and support from your facilitator, you can bring fantasy into real life with our magic workshops. Learn magic tricks and build your performance skills in a group setting to promote confidence, self-expression, teamwork and collaboration.

As part of this workshop series, you will devise a short performance to showcase your magic skills which can be presented throughout the year if this is your goal.

Runs all year from 14 January - 9 December 2022.

 

Location
6 Pegg Road Rocklea QLD 4106

 

$30 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitator for this workshop

Glen Rhodes is a professional Magician and Entertainer with over 20 years performing internationally. Blending a comical sense of humour and mind-blowing magic, his unique style creates lasting memories.

 

 

Glen the magician at Wesley Arts
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  • Learn yoga poses and techniques to achieve a greater understanding of your body
  • Meditate and increase flexibility, muscle strength and tone
  • Improve energy, control of breath and wellbeing.

Yoga in definition means union.  The union of breath, movement of the body and mindfulness. With our experienced facilitator, you will learn how to do yoga poses and techniques in a way that works for you. This class also has some added movement through dance, chair yoga stretching, relaxation and meditation, creating what is called Yoga Fusion. 

These workshops are also highly customized, tailored to your own needs and can be accessed from your own home. 

Runs all year from 14 January to 9 December 2022.

 

Online

 

$55 per hour.
NDIS funding and bursaries available. 

Facilitator for this workshop

Natalie Goldbold began dancing at the age of 5 studying ballet, hip-hop and more. After teaching Zumba, she decided to focus on Yoga.  As a qualified teacher, she is passionate to share her love of yoga and breath work. 

 

Yoga instructor, Nat Godbold
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Stellar Arts – Trial us for FREE. Welsey Mission Queensland

Drumming

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Stellar Arts is available through NDIS finding.

We offer in person AND online workshops

Mentorship

Are you interested in learning a particular dance style? Creative writing? Song-writing? On top of our workshops, we also offer mentorship packages for beginners through to advanced so you can deep dive into learning your chosen performance artform one on one. To enquire, please contact us.

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