Art from Inside is a program of Prison Fellowship Australia. Prison Fellowship is specifically concerned with the welfare of prisoners and has developed numerous programmes to this end. It is particularly known for the Art from Inside program, which is available in many prisons across the country.
Great benefits are to be had by providing prisoners the opportunity to engage with Prison Fellowship as a community organisation, to explore talents that they may not otherwise be aware of, and to benefit from the remarkable sense of achievement by having their art displayed in a beautiful gallery for members of the public to view and appreciate.
The life transforming effect on prisoners, former prisoners (many of whom are also eligible to participate), on family and friends of artists who have participated in the art competition and exhibition since it started in Australia in 2003 are many and varied.
Theme for 2020: PEACE
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.” Philippians 4:6-7
Listen to a exploration of this theme from noted artist Sarah Tucker, Art Program facilitator in therapeutic rehabilitation for correctional services at Uniting Care.