The Liberation exhibition features original works from our students in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Thailand, the USA and Zambia.
Exhibiting artists include Knut, whose work has received international awards. John is one of our Aboriginal artists and his work was presented to the Dalai Lama. Raven is a prolific artist who also holds the unique distinction of being the only FPMT Masters Program student to complete the intensive six-year study program entirely from prison.
With limited resources and art supplies, the predominant medium our artists use is pen or pencil on paper. In the past, our artists have even risked punishment to send us works utilising prison property including soap sculpture and paintings on pillowslips.
We receive many different styles of art from line drawings, cartoons, tattoo study pieces, collage and small sculpture. A collection of artworks is in the unconventional style of ornamented 'envelope art’ which prisoners send us with their letters.
Our students send us devotional images related to their Buddhist studies and well as cartoons illustrating the prisoner experience. Making art gives our students agency to express themselves and their identity in a heavily controlled environment.
A common theme from our students is wildlife, birds and butterflies. Imagery enigmatic of the struggle for a notion of freedom from within the prison walls.
With tattoos being one of the main forms of art that our students are familiar with, many of the pieces we receive are tattoo studies.
The prisoners offer the artwork to the Prison Project as a thank you for the support we offer. The works are for sale so the collection is always evolving. All proceeds from the sale of any artwork go toward the important work of Liberation Prison Project.
University of Western Sydney (Parramatta South Campus)
Female Orphan School
Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road Rydalmere
Opening Day: Saturday 10th February, 10am - 4pm
Exhibition: 10th February – 15th April 2018
Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
and the second Saturday of each month, 11:00am – 4:00pm (excluding long weekends and public holidays).