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Humble Hands won Queensland’s People’s Choice

An exhibition of artworks created by prison inmates was recently on display at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Brisbane Campus.

The exhibition, Art from Inside, is an initiative of the Prison Fellowship Australia QLD and featured 30 original paintings, drawings and artworks by prison inmates from around Queensland.

ACU’s Acting Associate Vice-Chancellor, Associate Professor Lindsay Farrell said the event is important for ACU.
“One of the most significant things emerging from this year’s exhibition has been the transformation in artist’s lives in terms of their new identities as artists,” said Associate Professor Farrell.

“Families of many of the exhibiting artists who attended the opening said they were so proud of their family member who they identified as ‘artist’ rather than an inmate.”

Art from Inside provides occupants with the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops run by artists, with the purposed of giving them the chance to express their feelings and portray their circumstances through a visual medium.

Prison Fellowship Australia’s National Liaison Norton Russell says this year’s exhibit was exceptional.

“The standard this year is the highest that I have seen since commencing this activity in 2003,” said Mr Russell.  

Prison Fellowship is a volunteer organisation that supports the corrective programs run by Correctional Departments.

Each year, a theme with a spiritual focus is chosen for the workshops, with Jubilee - Hope, Forgiveness, Restoration, Freedom being the theme for 2011.
The works from the Queensland winners are sent to Perth, and the winners of this exhibit are sent to Toronto.