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.
FREMANTLE PRISON ART TOUR
SAT 01 JUL: 4PM - 5.30PM
SAT 05 AUG: 4PM - 5.30PM
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, Graffiti and Tattoo Art, as well as ‘hidden’ art from the convict era. Participants receive a complementary 40 page publication Art Behind Bars: Murals and Graffiti of Fremantle Prison with ticket purchase.
Boab Tree at Sunset, 2017
INSIDER ART: AUTUMN 2017
3 JUN - 27 AUG
A joint initiative of the Department of Corrective Services 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.
Participation in the creative process offers prisoners more than simple education and recreation. The production of artworks can be an important component in their rehabilitation as it allows them space for creativity and personal development. This can help prisoners to reframe their identity in positive ways. For many, it becomes a connection to family, culture and country.
Entry to the exhibition is free, and many of the works are available for purchase.
Rustic Table, 2017