WorkAbility Qld recently visited the Monte Lupo Gallery Cafe Shop at Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane. The Monte Lupo Gallery Cafes, located on the north and south side of Brisbane, offer a unique art gallery cafe setting displaying the finest artwork handmade in their very own art studio at Eight Mile Plains. Their cafes provide an opportunity for the general public to interact and support people with disability in a relaxed environment.
A sculptor who studied pottery at University, Kimberly (pictured above), works part time at the Monte Lupo Art Gallery. She most enjoys the flexibility of the job as it allows her to also work on her home sculpting studio business. Kimberly also loves the creative environment and the opportunity to mentor and guide the staff.
Debbie (pictured above) is a Job Coach for kitchen staff in the coffee shop. She previously worked in Aged Care before starting work at the Monte Lupo Gallery Cafe Shop. “I most love seeing their confidence and abilities grow”, said Debbie.
Amanda W. (pictured above) has worked at the Monte Lupo Art Gallery for the past 25 years. She has a sister with disability. Mandy previously worked in production pottery. She likes the flexibility of the job and that it works around her family commitments.
Amanda K. (pictured above) previously worked in disability respite centres, Tafe mentoring, and case managing refugee families and homelessness. The range of skills gained through her diverse work background has really helped her in her current sculpting and mentoring role at the Monte Lupo Art Gallery.
Some of the talented team of people with disability using their creative skills to help to produce the fine artworks available for purchase in the Monte Lupo Gallery Cafe Shop.
The beautiful display of fine artworks available for purchase at the Monte Lupo Gallery Cafe Shop.
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