Who we are

As Queensland’s most dynamic producer of multicultural arts, BEMAC has been successfully staging ground-breaking productions that fuel the diverse practice of artists from a variety of different cultural backgrounds for almost three decades.

Established in 1987 by a group of passionate advocates and artists inspired to bring the creative work of a new generation of multicultural artists into the spotlight, BEMAC has grown to become the state’s leading multicultural arts producer, presenter and artistic development organisation.

In 2015 BEMAC merged with Access Community Services Limited, one of Australia’s pioneers in the provision of support services for newly arrived refugees, migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland. In 2019 BEMAC and Access joined with Settlement Services International a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential.

This alliance recognises the importance of the arts in building social cohesion and inclusion and is indicative of BEMAC’s commitment to the excellence of artistic practice and programming.

BEMAC’s Board of Management are also the Board of Management for SSI.

BEMAC’s creative leadership, executive and Board are all majority people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

BEMAC are renowned for showcasing the innovative work of multicultural artists who are largely missed by institutional radars but whose distinctive and distinguished work has the potential to cross from the margins into the mainstream.

Purpose

To enhance cultural vibrancy and unleash the potential of diverse artists and engage culturally diverse audiences.

Vision

Freedom in exploring diversity in art to foster a more socially cohesive society.

Values

Diversity
We celebrate and elevate cultural diversity through the arts.

Creativity
We innovate and commit to partnerships and excellence.

Leadership
We inspire and develop new and emerging talent whilst safeguarding humility and integrity at all times. We embrace the diversity of this global industry and welcome the opportunity to collaborate.

Ambition
We demonstrate resilience and conviction in delivering on our strategic plan, acknowledging and fostering ambition in our team, our artists and communities.

Transformation
We embark on a continuous improvement journey with our artists and communities to deliver a sustainable, strong and vibrant arts culture, transforming the lives of Queenslanders.

Goals

Develop
Champion the development of artists and their practices

Grow
Engage new audiences
Support the activation of local spaces
Develop partnerships with community, the sector and industry to strengthen our sustainability

Impact
Elevate the awareness and understanding of cultural diversity through story telling
Provide opportunities for individuals and communities to utilise the arts and creativity to strengthen wellbeing and community cohesion
Increase economic outcomes for our artists

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

We love music and art. We believe it has the power to transform lives and communities. It brings people together, dissolves barriers and teleports us into distant lands by leading us into the very soul of culture.