FREMANTLE PRISON ART TOUR
SAT 2 SEP: 4 - 5.30PM
SAT 7 OCT: 4 - 5.30PM
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.
Join one of Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides for this exclusive art tour showcasing a variety of convict and prisoner artwork, including Aboriginal and European Landscapes, Dot Paintings, Graf ti and Tattoo Art, as well as ‘hidden’ art from the convict era. Participants receive a complementary 40 page publication Art Behind Bars: Murals and Graf ti of Fremantle Prison with ticket purchase.
REFORM: A HISTORY OF REFORMATIVE MEASURES AT FREMANTLE PRISON
ON SHOW UNTIL 9 NOVEMBER
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.
Reform explores what strategies were employed at Fremantle Prison to control and change prisoner behaviour. While the Prison was at times a place of harsh punishment, it also provided prisoners with the opportunity to acquire new skills and reform.
This exhibition explores the practice of religion, education, work and training at Fremantle Prison through its 136 years of operational history. A number of original documents, artworks and objects from the Fremantle Prison Collection illustrate this reformative process.
Boab Tree at Sunset, 2017
INSIDER ART: SPRING 2017
29 SEP – 26 NOV
A joint initiative of the Department of Justice and Fremantle Prison, Insider Art: Winter 2017 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.
These exhibitions are always diverse in style and ideas. Pieces exhibited include those from traditional Aboriginal artists with 50,000 years of culture to draw upon; those created by prisoners engaged in tertiary courses in contemporary art practice; and everything in between.
Many of the artists exhibited had their first experience with the creative process only after being incarcerated. Prison classes in art range from recreational art, structured Certificate- level courses, through to more dedicated students who are even able to pursue studies at a degree level.
The production of artwork is more than simply education and recreation: it is also an important component in prisoner rehabilitation. It allows prisoners to reframe their identities in positive ways through creativity and personal development, and for many it becomes a connection with family, culture and country. Entry to the exhibition is free, and many of the works are available for purchase.
Study for a Starry Night, 2017