A 5m canoe is the canvas for one of the artworks from Maryborough Correctional Centre being exhibited and auctioned at the Brolga Theatre.
A 5m canoe is the canvas for one of the artworks from Maryborough Correctional Centre being exhibited and auctioned at the Brolga Theatre.

Prisoner's art on display

A STUNNING canoe that features indigenous artworks along its entire length is the centrepiece of the sixth Maryborough Correctional Centre Inmates Inspirations Art Exhibition to be held at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre in Maryborough.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sketches, woodwork and emergency services trauma teddy bears.

The construction of the wooden canoe was overseen by trade instructors with a particular interest in boat building.

The 5m canoe features indigenous artwork along its entire length.

Manager offender development Darren Ball said the majority of the artworks would be available at auction following the exhibition.

"All funds raised from the auction of artworks and the gold coin entry fee will be donated to the Friends of the Brolga Theatre which in turn supports the Brolga with various equipment and improvements to the theatre," Mr Ball said.

The exhibition is part of a program that aims to help prisoners maintain cultural, community and family links while in prison and offers an opportunity for prisoners to give something back to the community.

The public can visit the exhibition from 8.30am to 4.30pm today or from 10am to 1pm tomorrow.

The auction of artwork will be held at 6pm on Monday, October 8, at the Brolga.



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