Prisoners’ art pays homage to nature

David Volmer with some of the paintings from the prison art exhibition at St Georges Cathedral. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d399832
David Volmer with some of the paintings from the prison art exhibition at St Georges Cathedral. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d399832

He said that many prisoners translated it to mean wide expanses of nature.

‘If you are spending part of your life surrounded by concrete walls, I think your perception of freedom would be nature based,’ Mr Volmer said.

These perceptions will be highlighted in an upcoming exhibition Art from Inside: True Freedom organised by the Mt Lawley-based fellowship.

The exhibition features works created by adult prisoners living in jails across the state, with all works centred on the theme of freedom.

Mr Volmer said he expected about 60 to 70 art works to be submitted into the competition, with many of the entries focusing on nature as freedom.

‘Artwork gives you a tremendous insight into the mindset of a prisoner,’ Mr Volmer said.

‘It also creates avenues for chaplains to connect with the prisoner.’

The exhibition at St George’s Cathedral in Perth is also a part of a bigger competition, with WA winners eligible to enter the national and international competitions.

Mr Volmer said the competition was part of a range of Prison Fellowship WA initiatives, including weekly visitations, prisoner and victim meetings and a camp for children of prisoners. The exhibition opens at 38 St George’s Terrace, Perth on May 5.