Artwork featured by exhibiting artist Veronica Mungaloon (Hudson) 'Burning of the Land #10: The Start of Fire Burning'.
MAX SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES ART EXHIBITION SHOWCASING ARTWORK BY INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS AFFECTED BY JUSTICE SYSTEM
The exhibition highlights positive outcomes associated with arts programs in the justice system, including a decrease in reoffending behaviour, improvement of mental health and cultural awareness.
is a group exhibition by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who have been affected by Australia’s criminal justice system. The exhibition showcases artworks that have been created through arts mentoring programs in correctional facilities around Australia.
The 2017 MAX Indigenous Art Exhibition is in partnership with Borallon Training and Correctional Centre and Five Bridges Healing Through the Arts
program QLD, The Torch Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program
VIC, and Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison WA.
Works have been submitted from 21 artists in these three regions who have taken the opportunity to rebuild their future and reconnect with their culture through art. The works highlight Aboriginal Australian culture including the outback, the ocean, native animals and native tribes.
MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood says the exhibition gives Indigenous Australian artists a platform to share their culture and heritage with others. “The group exhibition for 21 artworks in November is at NSW Parliament House,” said Ms. Homewood.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing the amazing work that comes out of these artists who are rebuilding their lives through art.”
The Torch CEO Kent Morris says the Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program supports Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria, focusing on the role of cultural strengthening and artistic expression in the rehabilitation process.
“The program aims to make a positive change to the disproportionately high rates of Indigenous recidivism by increasing the participation and confidence of participants with the arts industry.”
Indigenous prisoners comprise almost a third of the Australian prison population. Rehabilitation programs that acknowledge language, culture, traditions and current life situations of Indigenous offenders are the most effective and also reduce the chances of re-offending.
Pathways Exhibition is being held at NSW Parliament Fountain Court Gallery
from 02 – 24 November 2017.
To view the exhibition booklet, click here.