The lock down on art in prisons

NSW has just sacked over 100 teachers in its prison system - many teaching art - while Victoria has a progressive a new system to sell inmates art. What is going on?
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This week an exhibition of 140 artworks by 130 Indigenous artists opened in St Kilda. What makes this a different news story is that those 130 artists were incarcerated or recently released from prison.

Now in its eighth year, Confined is a Victorian initiative that supports offenders to tell their stories, to develop arts networks and reintegrate back into society.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina