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​Indigenous Inmate Art showcased at Sydney Court during NAIDOC Week

Issued: Friday, 30 June 2017

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An exhibition of Aboriginal paintings by 15 artists from Long Bay Correctional Centre will feature at this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations at Sydney’s Downing Centre Courthouse. “This is a significant exhibition of inmate art with 44 pieces ranging from traditional to contemporary styles supplied by Long Bay’s Boom Gate Gallery,” said Tracey Cooley, an Aboriginal Client and Community Support Officer for the NSW Department of Justice.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase the programs within the justice system that give the artists in custody a pathway to future employment.

“Each of the inmates involved in the exhibition will be presented with a portfolio of their work for them to build on for the future.”

The art exhibition, entitled Wullung, will be officially opened at the Downing Centre on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 at 11am as part of the Department of Justice’s NAIDOC celebrations. The event will include a flag raising ceremony and a Welcome to Country by a local Aboriginal Elder.

“There will also be a history of NAIDOC display to give an insight into what this week means to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ms Cooley said.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is Our Languages Matter, highlighting the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and their role in shaping cultural identity.

“Languages are the breath of life and existence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the theme will raise awareness of the significance of preserving Aboriginal languages across the country,” Ms Cooley said.

The art will be in the Downing Centre’s ground floor display cabinets, 143-147 Liverpool St, Sydney until the end of July, with all works for sale.