EXPLORING AUSTRALIA’S CONVICT PAST
CLOSES MARCH 2019
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s latest exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Transportation presents the stories of men, women and children forcibly sent to convict sites around Australia, exploring the social tragedy of the convict system as a whole as well as individual stories of personal achievement.
Exhibiting convict material from the Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales), Western Australian Museum and the Prison’s own collection, Transportation demonstrates the impact forced migration had on individual transportees and their families, and on the shaping of modern Australian society. The exhibition displays key historic artefacts such as the 1881 Ticket of Leave of Hougoumont convict William Bartlett, on display to the public for the first time.
INSIDER ART: SUMMER 2018
8 DEC 2018 – 24 FEB 2019
A joint initiative of the Department of Justice and Fremantle Prison, Insider Art exhibitions bring together a collection of artwork from prisoners throughout Western Australia.
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.
The collection of works exhibited represent a diverse array of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making and include works 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.
Moreover, for many of the artists featured, painting provides a way to connect with family, culture and country by drawing upon a long history of shared visual languages.
Insider Art: Summer 2018 will also showcase ‘Wangka Kutjarra: Two Languages’, songs written, played and recorded by prisoners at the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison. Featuring songs in both English and local Indigenous languages, the 10 track CD will be available for purchase during the exhibition period. Participants in the project said, ‘Our songs are to send messages to our children’s children teaching our language and culture for future generations’.
Works available for purchase, with proceeds going back to the artists and exhibition program.
INSIDER ART: WINTER 2018
16 JUNE – 26 AUGUST
Insider Art: Winter 2018 showcases the creative achievements of incarcerated prisoners from across Western Australia.
The collection of new works exhibited represents a diverse array of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making.
Across Western Australia participation in creative processes and formal art classes play an important role in rehabilitation, personal development and complement existing educational programs.
Moreover for many of the Aboriginal artists featured painting provides a way to connect with family, culture and country by drawing upon a long history of shared visual languages.
An ongoing initiative between the Department of Justice and Fremantle Prison ensures that entry to this exhibition is free and that many of the works will be available for purchase with proceeds going back to the artists and the exhibition program.
Niagara Dam, Banksia Hill Detention Centre
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