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Supporting Indigenous artists who are, or have recently been, incarcerated in a correctional facility in Victoria.
Set within the context of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement the program's focus is on the role of culture and cultural identity in the rehabilitation processes for Indigenous prisoners. The program aims to make a positive change to the disproportionately high rates of Indigenous recidivism by increasing the participation and confidence of participants with the arts industry.The program engages offenders and ex-offenders in skill development opportunities that are socially and culturally relevant and achievable within the context of their circumstances.
To ensure post release pathways are sustainable, emerging artists are assisted to foster new arts networks and to find vocational art opportunities to increase their levels of legitimate and self generated income.
The program includes the annual CONFINED exhibition, which is the key visual arts event for the City of Port Phillip's Yalukit Willam Ngargee. The exhibition gives prisoners across the state a forum to show their new artworks and tell their stories. Artists post-release also contribute to the exhibition and assist in its preparation and promotion. This year CONFINED 7 featured 145 art works.
You can download an evaluation of the program 2011 - 2012 HERE