Many inmates in NSW prisons produce artwork, often of significant quality. Some of this is available for sale to the public at reasonable prices. Most of the purchase price is paid to the inmate, who can buy items while in prison (eg. extra food and toiletries, art materials) or save for when they leave prison.
Art and craft work can be purchased at:
There is also a permanent exhibition at the craft gallery at Cooma. On occasion, works are exhibited at regional galleries.
Long Bay Correctional Complex has a long tradition of creating significant inmate artwork. Inmates continue to practice art at the complex, with many pieces available for display and sale at the Boom Gate Gallery. You are encouraged to drop into the gallery just for a look.
The Boom Gate Gallery is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 8.30am-3.30pm.
The Cooma Craft Gallery is part of the experience of visiting the local CSNSW Museum. Up to four inmates produce their works on site as artists in session. Visitors can see the works being produced and engage with the artists.
The art and craft program is available to carefully selected inmates at the nearby Cooma Correctional Centre. They must apply for a craftsman's certificate. Up to 60 inmates are registered craftsmen. They're self-taught and required to pay for their own art materials. The art program is regarded as a form of therapy and keeps inmates focused.
Some pieces are exhibited at regional galleries and are permanently displayed in the museum's Craft Gallery.
The Cooma Craft Gallery is open from 12.30 - 3pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 9am - 3pm on Saturday. Call the CSNSW Museum - 02 6452 5974 before visiting.
The Girrawaa Arts Centre at Bathurst Correctional Centre was opened in 1998 by former Corrective Services Minister Bob Debus.
Contact the Manager of the Creative Work Centre Bryan Reiri (02 6338 3295) from the Girrawaa Arts Centre to book an appointment between 8am-1.30pm from Monday to Friday.
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