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100 Pieces Of Artwork On Display

More than one hundred pieces of artwork are now available for sale at the Fiji Corrections Service’s Tagimoucia Art Gallery in Korovou, Suva. The gallery re-opened for business last week
16 Feb 2017 10:59
100 Pieces Of Artwork On Display
Inmate Pauliasi Delaibatiki stands next to one of his paintings at the Tagimoucia Gallery in Korovou, Suva. Photo: LOSALINI BOLATAGICI

More than one hundred pieces of artwork are now available for sale at the Fiji Corrections Service’s Tagimoucia Art Gallery in Korovou, Suva.

The gallery re-opened for business last week after it was closed last year to allow for renovation works to be undertaken.

It displays talents of the many great artists who are inmates within the prison and correctional system in the country. They are available for sale to members of the public.

The Art Gallery, which is the first of its kind for Fiji Prisons in the history of Fiji, was launched in 2008 under the Yellow Ribbon Programme. It was also part of the paradigm shift from containment to correctional approach.

The initiative provides an opportunity for inmates of the Suva Correction Centre to develop skills and to gain a form of income while in custody, that will be made available to them upon their release.

Last year, FCS made a contribution of $3,805 towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund from the 50 per cent sale of artwork and paintings at the ‘Stronger than Winston Art Exhibition’ hosted by the gallery.

The donation was to assist those that were devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone.

FCS had earlier donated $15,000 towards Government’s ‘Adopt a School’ initiative – also from a painting by inmate Pauliasi Delaibatiki that was sold in China.

Mr Delaibatiki said they were fortunate to be given the opportunity by FCS to express their feelings and emotions through arts and to make use of their God given talents.

He was also thankful to the initial support provided by the Fiji Arts Council and the Pacific Writing Forum that allowed them to fully realise their potential.

Source: Fiji Corrections Service

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