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Art opens the door to life on the inside

COMMUNITY members will have a unique opportunity to gain insight into the world of prisoners with the ‘Artists With Conviction’ exhibition now showing at the Moonah Arts Centre.

Prisoners have been invited to explore the theme “crossroads” at this year’s exhibition, which will be showing until 16 November.

Tasmanian Prison Service creative learning officer Kylie Chomatek said participation was educational and therapeutic for prisoners, helping them get in touch with their feelings.

“It really generates great enthusiasm for the arts programs within the prison,” she said.

One of the artists, who created the work pictured, said he was reflecting on his future.

“The circle means me sitting there thinking of which road do I take in my life at the moment,” he said.

“I’m hoping to take the right road which brings me back on track to have a happy and a good life.”

Other works that are part of the Artists With Conviction exhibition deal similarly with the “crossroads” theme, both overtly and in more subtle ways.

The exhibition is open to entries from across the corrections environment, including Community Corrections and Tasmania Prison Service clients and employees.

Entry is free.

Caption: Tasmanian Prison Service creative learning officer Kylie Chomatek holding one of the artworks to be displayed at the Artists With Conviction exhibition.

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