Inmates give art for kids’ sake

Tony Carland from Acacia Prison, Mechelle Wilson from Noongar Radio and Indigenous Initiatives co-ordinator Kay Buck with some of the artwork.
Tony Carland from Acacia Prison, Mechelle Wilson from Noongar Radio and Indigenous Initiatives co-ordinator Kay Buck with some of the artwork.

The initiative, in conjunction with Noongar Radio 100.9FM, is part of Acacia’s Restorative Justice Week program. Art for Hearts Sake features 25 pieces of original artwork created by prison inmates.

The art can be viewed on Noongar Radio’s website, with the online auction closing on Tuesday. All proceeds raised will go to the foundation.

The prison has been marking Restorative Justice Week for two years.

The auction allows prisoners a chance to give back to the community by raising money for a worthy charity that benefits sick children.

Private contractor Serco’s director at Acacia Prison Paul McMullan said the initiative was driven by prisoners themselves who recognised the need to address their behaviour.

‘Restorative Justice Week allows prisoners to review their past and take responsibility for their future,’ Mr McMullan said.

‘The prisoners have used art to help in their rehabilitation and through this auction they are then able to help the wider community.’

To view the online art auction, visit the Noongar Radio 100.9FM website at tinyurl.com/phay2yc.