TRANSPORTATION: EXPLORING AUSTRALIA’S CONVICT PAST
Constructed by convicts between 1852 and 1859, and still remarkably intact, Fremantle Prison, Western Australian only World Heritage listed building (Australian Convict Sites) provides one of the most authentic glimpses into convict live in Australia.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new 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 across 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.
Transportation is on show at the Fremantle Prison Gallery until March 2019.
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.
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