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Creative talent draws high praise

A UNIQUE exhibition featuring mixed media works created by Tasmanian prison inmates was recently on show at the Rosny Farm.

An initiative of the Tasmanian Department of Justice, the Artists with Conviction exhibition works with offenders to improve their quality of life and supports them in their rehabilitation.

Now in its seventh year, the program gives inmates the opportunity to sell their artwork at their own prices, with all proceeds from the sales helping them to fund the purchase of art and craft equipment and supplies.

The theme of this year’s exhibition was “A Good Mate” and entries were open to all Tasmanian Prison Service inmates as well as offenders on community correction orders.

Following the success of the 2015 event at the Moonah Arts Centre, Minister for Corrections, Dr Vanessa Goodwin, said this year’s event was equally well received by the community.

“Positive praise about the exhibition has been well received, not only from members of the community, but also from corrections staff,” she said.

“Those who have been able to work closely with the artists have advised me that the exhibition assisted in establishing a sense of achievement and increasing self-esteem.

“It also provides clients with an outlet for their expression. Such skills are vital for a successful reintegration into society.”

The 2016 Artists with Conviction exhibition ran from 24 October until 13 November.

A number of organisations provided sponsorship support, including Art Shed, Artery, Ad Art, Clemenger, Rosny LINC, Community and Public Sector Union and 26TEN.

Tasmania Prison Service provided funding for most aspects of the event, including the Minister’s Award.

The Clarence City Council assisted with funding the exhibition launch.

Caption: Some of the works on display as part of Artists with Conviction, an exhibition that showcased the talents of prison inmates to the general public.