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Prisoner art raises $8,300 for Indigenous families with sick children

Published: 1 Dec 2021

Prisoners at Serco operated Acacia Prison have donated 16 unique artworks to Self Made Indigenous Corporation silent auction, raising $8,300 for their Happy Feet Program.

Serco’s Reparation of Art project, co-developed with prisoners at Acacia Prison, has enabled seven prisoners to give back to the community through their passion for art.

By donating a striking array of Indigenous pieces, monochromatic items, sketches, sculptures, acrylics, pop art, and traditional paperbark paintings to Self Made Indigenous Corporation’s charity exhibition last week, prisoners are helping to support Indigenous families whose children require emergency care at Perth Children’s Hospital.

Acacia Prison General Manager, Brenton Williams said programs such as this support the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners.

“Meaningful activities like this enable prisoners to give back to the community, which is an important part of our holistic program to create positive behavioural changes, improving each prisoner’s chance of success when they are released from our care,” Mr Williams said.

“Serco’s restorative justice framework encourages positive behaviours and allows prisoners to learn and take responsibility for their actions.” 

Co-founder of Self Made Indigenous Corporation, Quintilla Sutton said the funds raised from these artworks will go towards their Happy Feet Program, run in collaboration with Perth Children’s Hospital.  

“The donations from Acacia will help create emergency care packs for remote Indigenous families who are flown to Perth Children’s Hospital, providing them with the essentials they need for their stay, such as nappies, clothes and toiletries.” Ms Sutton said.

“The artworks donated by prisoners were displayed alongside pieces from mostly young Indigenous artists within the local community, who are passionate about sharing their culture and raising awareness of important issues affecting Indigenous youth.”

Serco are proud to support initiatives such as this that deliver positive change in our communities.

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