Art and Creative Activities

The Department for Correctional Services is currently exploring options for transforming its current prisoner art activities into a comprehensive Creative Industries program based on international and national best practices with a focus on prison industries, rehabilitation and reintegration.

The arts and creative activities have the power to change lives and can act as a catalyst for identity transformation, employment pathways, financial independence, and community partnerships which contribute to reduced reoffending and community safety. Creative industries has multiple benefits for prison management, prisoner well-being and positive engagement with the community. Numerous studies have demonstrated the therapeutic, expressive and educational benefits of engaging prisoners in creative activities. Experiences of success in creative activities such as art making can also stimulate interest in further self-development and educational opportunities.

Creative activities can also open up opportunities for social inclusion. In 2017 prisoners exhibited artwork in the Art by Prisoners exhibition as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival. There is currently an extensive exhibition of art created by SA prisoners in the city court precinct on levels 1 and 3 of the Sir Samuel Way Building, in Victoria Square, Adelaide.