When:3pm, Friday 24 May 2019
Tuggeranong Arts Centre is celebrating National Reconciliation Week with a reception and viewing of the artwork in Reconciliation From Inside, at 3pm on Friday 24 May.
“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.” – quote from a detainee at the AMC.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre and ACT Corrective services are pleased to present Reconciliation from Inside, a collection of paintings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees taking part in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) art program.
The forty works created by the detainees are on display at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from 3 May to 1 June.
Each artist provides the stories behind their paintings and a short statement on how the AMC art program plays a role in their rehabilitation and contributes to their 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.” – quote from a detainee at the AMC.
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.
The Arts Centre’s CEO Rauny Worm acknowledges the role art takes in teaching us about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
“Once again this exhibition highlights that art is about more than artistic skill development, it is a tool for transformation and healing. Tuggeranong Arts Centre is delighted to present Reconciliation from Inside and invites the community to share this special exhibition and reconciliation week reception, ” Ms Worm said.
The artworks presented in Reconciliation from Inside are available for purchase, with the sale 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.
The exhibition is on show now until Saturday 1st June.
This project is supported by the ACT government.