On Wednesday, 14 June, the Peter Sheehan Gallery at ACU’s Brisbane campus hosted the opening of the 2017 ‘Art from the Inside’ exhibition, an annual exhibition that is run by Prison Fellowship. This exhibition continues a partnership between Prison Fellowship and the National School of Arts that has been going strong for twelve years. The theme of this year’s exhibition was acceptance/rejection.
Prison Fellowship is an international faith-based group that supports inmates and their families and victim/survivors of crime during and after sentencing and incarceration. Prison Fellowship's Norton Russell, the curator of the exhibition, spoke of the enormously positive impact that the exhibition has on the lives of these inmates who are first and foremost human beings and thus deserving of love. Professor Jim Nyland welcomed approximately 100 guests to the campus, and Associate Professor Lindsay Farrell, who has facilitated the partnership, judged the art in the categories of painting, drawing and applied art.
Guests were also privileged to listen to Arthur Wilson, the former national director of Prison Fellowship Pakistan, who spoke of his work with prisoners on death row in Pakistan.
Dr Maggie Nolan, Deputy Head of the National School of Arts in Brisbane, said that School’s partnership with Prison Fellowship puts into practice the University’s commitment to impact through empathy by acknowledging the humanity and creativity of some of Queensland's most marginalized citizens.
This year’s exhibition, which runs from 13-23 June, features work from most Queensland Correctional Centres and former prisoners as well