Insider Art provides an insight into life on the inside, through the art created in Western Australia’s prisons
8 Dec 2018 - 24 Feb 2019
Insider Art: Summer 2018 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.
The collection of new works exhibited represents a diverse array of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making. Pieces exhibited include those from traditional Aboriginal artists with 50,000 years of culture to draw upon; those created by prisoners engaged in tertiary courses in contemporary art practice; and everything in between.
Across Western Australia participation in creative processes and formal art classes play an important role in rehabilitation, personal development and complement existing educational programs. The production of artworks can be an important component in their rehabilitation as it allows them space for creativity and personal development. This can help prisoners to re-frame their identity in positive ways.
Moreover for many of the Aboriginal artists featured painting provides a way to connect with family, culture and country by drawing upon a long history of shared visual languages.
An ongoing initiative between the Department of Justice and Fremantle Prison ensures that entry to this exhibition is free and that many of the works will be available for purchase with proceeds going back to the artists and the exhibition program.
Insider Art: Summer 2018 will also showcase ‘Wangka Kutjarra: Two Languages’, songs written, played and recorded by prisoners at the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison. Featuring songs in both English and local Indigenous languages, the 10 track CD will be available for purchase during the exhibition period. Participants in the project said, ‘Our songs are to send messages to our children’s children teaching our language and culture for future generations’.
Insider Art: Autumn 2019
Opens 2 March 2019 - 26 May 2019