Karen Bessell is the Director and founder of U Create – Art for all ages specialising in community Arts Education across Brisbane. U Create offers after school workshops, creative play for preschool children, artist residencies, birthday parties and holiday clubs.

U Create aims to make a positive difference, to inspire imaginations and nurture creativity with its educationally based creative arts and crafts programmes

Karen is the current President at Hands on Art working all a variety of public and community arts projects including: QLD Child Protection Week ‘Shine a light’, Brisbane City Council community events, Royal Brisbane Woman’s hospital, Communify, Green Heart Fair, and has worked as an Artist in Resident with CK Kindergarten and Kelvin Grove Adult education.

Karen is the founder of the community group ‘Art in the Gap’ that promotes and supports local artists.