The 2018 Art by Prisoners exhibition is now open at The University of South Australia’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and will run until the 31st of August.

Art by Prisoners is being run as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival and showcases artistic talent and stories from within SA’s adult prison system through visual art and creative

Art by Prisoners is modelled on the annual Art by Offenders exhibition produced by the Koestler Trust and held in London’s Southbank Centre.

Annual exhibitions of prisoner art regularly feature in all other Australian States and Territories such as The Torch’s Confined exhibitions in Melbourne, the Insider Art exhibitions at Old Fremantle Gaol, Boom Gate Gallery in Long Bay Correctional Complex in NSW.

Art exhibitions are an excellent medium for prisoners to engage with the community and for the community to engage with prisoners in positive and productive ways. Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favourite work and to leave messages which are forwarded on to participating prisoners. The exhibitions are also an effective platform to highlight issues, particularly the sustained growth in prisoner numbers over the last decade, as well as recent 10by20 initiatives.

Art by Prisoners would not be possible without the good work of many people. The organisers wish to thank all DCS staff and volunteers who helped make this year’s exhibition and opening night such a success.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery located in Uni SA’s Hawke Building, Level 3, UniSA, City West Campus, 55 North Tce, Adelaide.