When:6pm, Friday 3 May 2019
An exhibition of artwork by Indigenous detainees from the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
Exhibition opens on Friday 3 May at Tuggeranong Arts Centre and continues until Saturday 1 June 2019. Free, all welcome.
Reconciliation Week reception: Friday 24 May 3:00 – 4:00pm. Free, all welcome.
“When I am painting I am not in jail and I enjoy doing something creative and positive.” – quote from a detainee at the AMC.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre and ACT Corrective services are pleased to present a collection of paintings by detainees taking part in the AMC art program.
Indigenous detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) will display their artworks in a public exhibition at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre called “Reconciliation from Inside” from 3 May to 1 June. The exhibition will feature 40 paintings and will be held in conjunction with the National Reconciliation Week celebrations.
These artworks will be available for sale, with the price of each piece determined solely by the artist. Detainees are actively encouraged to either save the proceeds from their sales or provide the funds to their families.
Each painting displayed will be accompanied with some information on the story behind the painting from the artist and a short statement on how this art program is playing a role in their rehabilitation and contributing to their eventual return to the community.
“Painting has helped me heaps as it has made me realise that I am actually good at something and I could do art in the community and sell it at markets.”
“Creating artwork in the AMC has helped me immensely, particularly with my mental health by keeping me steady. If I can sell some art the money will come in handy in the community for food, clothing and transport etc.”
Since the commencement of the AMC in 2009, detainees have been encouraged to engage in art classes through the AMC’s education and training provider for both educational and therapeutic purposes. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees have actively engaged in cultural art production and since 2013 have had the opportunity to exhibit their works and offer them for sale.