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Inside - Out
An exhibition of select art works by Indigenous inmates
NAIDOC Week:  4 - 27 July 2008
Read the media release here
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Billabong dreaming 2  “Waterlillies” 2008 by Stephen John Moore (Yibirmana)
Acrylic on canvas  $2800

Billabong dreaming 1  “Reincarnation”  2008  by  Stephen John Moore (Yibirmana)
Acrylic on canvas   $2480

Malaui dreaming 2008 by Michael Robert Kenny
Acrylic on board $5900

Crocodiles Crying  by Durragarra Wighton, 2006 (Tribute to Steve Irwin)
Acrylic & pencil on canvas  $5900

The Creation Of Our People 2007 by Durrugarra Wighton
Acrylic on canvas    $4900

Kangaroo dreaming 2007 by Stephen John Moore (Yibirmana)
Acrylic on canvas    $2400

Rising Sun 1   “Sundance” 2008 by Stephen John Moore (Yibirmana)
Acrylic on canvas    $2800

Kangaroo dancing by  Mark Helmhout (Bamalgal)
Acrylic on canvas   $2700

The spiritual forming of mankind by Mark Helmhout (Bamalgal)
Acrylic on canvas    $2600
Media Release
Inside-Out – an exhibition of art works by Indigenous inmates

An exhibition of select works by Indigenous inmates from Cooma Correctional Centre will be held at Canberra’s Mawson Gallery during NAIDOC week in July.

Titled Inside-Out, the exhibition features more than 20 quality works representing the range of art currently being produced by Indigenous offenders at Cooma Correctional Centre.

“There is a rich variety in the art in the Inside-Out exhibit, some of which is the result of collaboration between two or more inmate artists,” Cooma Correctional Centre Visual Arts teacher, Mark Shubert,  said.

 “Some works explore Indigenous identity by applying techniques derived from the Central Desert and North Eastern Arnhem Land while others, such as those by Mick Kenny, are based on modern and individual interpretations of individual stories.

“Most of the works on display have taken months to complete and this is evident in the very fine layers of cross-hatching and dotting.

“The artists have made a concerted effort to develop multiple visual layers as metaphors for multiple layers of meaning and storytelling.”

Mr Shubert said that while the artists can show their works in the NSW Corrective Services Museum at Cooma, for most the Inside-Out exhibition is the first opportunity they have had to exhibit in a city gallery

All the artists from Cooma Correctional Centre are undertaking the Certificate 111 course in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft through the Adult Education and Vocational Training Institute (AEVTI).

NSW correctional centres, except Junee, are serviced by AEVTI, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for inmate education within the NSW Department of Corrective Services Offender Services and Programs division.

Mr Shubert said the Indigenous artists on exhibit will hold nationally-recognised qualifications when their course is completed.

Inside-Out will be curated by Mr Shubert, while Mr Les Strzelecki, the Corrective Services Department’s State-wide Co-ordinator of Corrections History, will assist with the running of the exhibition.

NB: The prison museum at Cooma, which includes over 200 years of history, from convicts through to the modern prison system, has an impressive range of arts and crafts on sale.

WHERE :    Mawson Gallery, 63 Wilkins Street, Mawson ACT
WHEN   :    NAIDOC Week 4 July 2008-27 July 2008
OPENING : 3 July 6pm-8pm by Jack Waterford AM
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5.30pm
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