Prisoners from across the state have once again had the opportunity to display their artwork publically as part of the innovative Art by Prisoners exhibition.

The 2019 Art by Prisoners exhibition is now open at UniSA’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and will run until the 31st of August 2019.

Art by Prisoners is run as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival and features the largest collection of artwork from the prison system to be displayed annually in South Australia.

The initiative gives prisoners from all institutions within South Australia the opportunity to create art and submit it to be awarded by professional artists and curators.

Over 70 entries were received this year featuring a diverse range of artwork which includes acrylic paint on canvas, pencil sketches, soap sculptures, miniature metal motorbikes and applique.

The public are invited to engage with the artists behind the exhibition by voting and leaving comments which will be forwarded on to the participating prisoners.

The exhibition was officially opened on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 by the Minister for Correctional Services, Corey Wingard. A Welcome to Country was performed by DCS Aboriginal Cultural Competency Officer, Jamie Goldsmith with speeches by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre Executive Director, Jacinta Thompson and DCS Policy and Project Officer, Jeremy Ryder.

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, City West Campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide.