Insider Art: Spring

Insider Art: Spring (2020) showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia. 

A joint initiative of the Department of Justice and Fremantle Prison, Insider Art exhibitions bring together a collection of artwork from prisoners throughout Western Australia.

Participation in the creative process offers prisoners more than simple education and recreation. 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 reframe their identity in positive ways.

The collection of works exhibited represent a diverse array of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making and include works 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.

Moreover, for many of the artists featured, painting provides a way to connect with family, culture and country by drawing upon a long history of shared visual languages.

For this exhibition, as well as the usual paintings, there will be a display of stop-motion animations made over the last few years at Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.  Prisoners worked with an artist/filmmaker to produce a series of animated works on topics of importance to regional communities: safe driving; domestic violence; foetal alcohol syndrome; and saying no to drugs and alcohol.  The prisoners wrote the scripts, made the models, filmed and edited the video, wrote and produced any music and recorded the soundtrack.  The projects were tied in to TAFE qualifications.  Many of the models will be displayed along with the videos.

Works available for purchase, with proceeds going back to the artists and exhibition program.

 

Next Exhibition

Insider Art: Summer 2020
5 Dec 2020 - 28 Feb 2021

Insider Art showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia. 

A joint initiative of the Department of Justice and Fremantle Prison, Insider Art exhibitions bring together a collection of artwork from prisoners throughout Western Australia.

Participation in the creative process offers prisoners more than simple education and recreation. 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 reframe their identity in positive ways.

The collection of works exhibited represent a diverse array of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making and include works 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.

Moreover, for many of the artists featured, painting provides a way to connect with family, culture and country by drawing upon a long history of shared visual languages.

Works available for purchase, with proceeds going back to the artists and exhibition program.