Throughout July, art produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners at Capricornia, Southern Queensland, Maryborough and Lotus Glen Correctional Centres was showcased as part of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

The ‘Freedom of Expression’ exhibition, curated by CIAF Artistic Director, Janina Harding and Tanks Art Centre curator, Chris Stannard, with assistance from QCS staff was officially launched on 12 July.

The focus of the exhibition was to engage and connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners across Queensland, while providing a platform for them to showcase their artistic talent. CIAF and the Tanks Centre played a significant role in encouraging prisoners to develop as artists and gain skills and knowledge to assist in pursuing their art upon release.

The contemporary Tanks Centre’s converted storage tanks, set within the Cairns Botanic Gardens, hosted the visual representations of the personal stories of the artists and their culture until 24 July.