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Be sure to catch the exhibition of detainee artwork celebrating history, culture and achievements of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, running from 1st July 2022 at Community Services #1 head office in Narrabundah.

The exhibition features more than 30 original works from detainees incarcerated in the Alexander Machonochie Centre. Detainees have the opportunity to join an art program designed to reinforce connection to culture and to develop their artistic skills and talents while assisting in rehabilitation.The past 10 years of the program has produced dozens of quality artworks and an array of inspiring stories from individuals who continued their art practice beyond incarceration assisting in successful reintegration back into the community.

One of these stories comes from ex-detainee Terry who spoke at the launch of the opening in July. Terry said: ‘I was a habitual offender with very little self-esteem or pride in myself. That all changed when I was last incarcerated. I devoted almost all of my time to my art. I kept my head down, made some money and made a good name for myself selling my art. My art has helped me get through the hardest moments of my life. And helped me develop some pride and self-respect. I was able to build of this into a life where I now work full time, paint occasionally, have started a new family with a beautiful baby girl. Things are really good. I owe a lot to the art program at the AMC which helped me get my life back where I always wanted it.’

All works are on sale and proceeds are deposited into the detainees’ trust accounts providing them with funds on their release assisting in their reintegration back into the community.

The NAIDOC Community Art Exhibition is a working partnership between ACT Corrective Services and Community Services #1.

The 10th NAIDOC Community Art Exhibitio: 63 Boolimba Cres, Narrabundah ACT

Gallery Hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday – Friday from 1st July 2022

Information and Sales call: (02) 6126 4700

Email: reception@communityservices1.org

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