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Art from behind the prison walls on show

Thursday 8 November 2018

Inmates from Long Bay Correctional Complex in Sydney’s east are having their prison artwork exhibited at the Downing Centre this month.

The collaboration between Long Bay’s Boom Gate Gallery and the courts gives the community an opportunity to see the impressive results of inmates tapping into their creativity.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the 80 works curated by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders featured landscapes, prison interiors and colourful dot designs.

“Having a creative outlet behind the prison walls is important for offenders and can promote successful reintegration into the community later on,” Commissioner Severin said.

“Keeping inmates busy is also a management tool for staff – it’s important that they are doing something constructive with their time.”

The Boom Gate’s Arts and Gallery Officer Damian Moss said the exhibition was following on from the popularity of a NAIDOC Week art display earlier this year.

“Since the Boom Gate Gallery opened in 1992, hundreds of inmate artworks have been sold to the public,” Mr Moss said.

“The community has always shown an interest in supporting offenders to turn their lives around and put their skills to good use. Purchasing inmate art is one way for them to do that.

“The inmates usually complete their designs from their prison cells and the final pieces are always unique – often channelling their surroundings or telling a story about survival.”

During the exhibition, works will be available for purchase on Fridays between 9am – 12pm.

Downing Centre and The Boom Gate Gallery art exhibition Ground floor, 143-147 Liverpool Street, Central Sydney NSW 2000
Sunday 4 November – Saturday 1 December 2018

The Boom Gate Gallery – 02 9289 2077
Long Bay Correctional Complex
1300 Anzac Parade, Malabar
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8.30am – 3.30pm.