REFORM: A HISTORY OF REFORMATIVE MEASURES AT FREMANTLE PRISON
ON SHOW NOW
Prisons serve four main functions in society. They punish offenders, protect the community from criminals, act as a disincentive to people considering crime and provide prisoners the opportunity to reform before their release back into the community.
INSIDER ART: autumn 2017
Until 28 May
A joint initiative between the Department of Corrective Services and Fremantle Prison, Insider Art: Summer 2016 showcases the creativeachievementsofWesternAustralian prisoners from across the State. The quar- terly exhibitions of prisoner art held in the old ‘Print Shop’ are diverse in style, with a strong representation of Aboriginal painting and art objects.
Participating in the creative process offers prisoners more than simply education and recreation. For many prisoners it becomes a connection with family, culture and coun- try. The production of artwork can also be an important component in prisoner rehabil- itation, enabling prisoners to reframe their identities in positive ways through creativity and personal development.
The exhibition is free of charge and many of the works are available for purchase.
Turtle Dreaming 2016, Fremantle Prison Collection
FREMANTLE PRISON ART TOUR
SATURDAY 4 MAR:4PM – 5.30PM
SATURDAY 1 APR:4PM – 5.30PM BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration and punishment for 136 years. Throughout the Prison’s long history, some inmates were granted special permission to paint as part of their rehabilitation, however for most of this time convicts and prisoners were prevented from painting or drawing on the walls. Prior to the Prison’s closure in 1991, discipline was relaxed and inmates were given wide ranging permissions to draw on the walls of their cells and exercise yards.
The Big Day Out , 2016 from Insider Art