TRANSPORTATION: EXPLORING AUSTRALIA’S CONVICT PAST
FROM 9 JANUARY 2018
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 opens on 9 january 2018 and is on show at the Fremantle Prison Gallery until March 2019.
William Bartlett, Ticket of Leave, 1881
INSIDER ART: SUMMER
CLOSES 25 FEBRUARY 2018
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.
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. The production of artwork is more than simply education and recreation: it is also an important component in prisoner rehabilitation, allowing prisoners to reframe their identities in positive ways through creativity and personal development.
Works are available for purchase.
Honey Ants, 2017, Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison
PRESENTED BY ACT-BELONG-COMMIT
20 OCT 2017 – 2 JAN 2018
10863 Bushranger showcases artworks created by WA visual artist Di Taylor and tells the life and adventures of Frank Thomas, a young bushranger from the Mid West region of Western Australia.
Thomas regularly appeared in the news in the early 1920s for his skill as a rider and bushman, for eluding police and for escaping custody on multiple occasions. He spent time at both Geraldton Gaol and Fremantle Prison, with The West Australian comparing his exploits to the Kelly gang!
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