Yellow Ribbon Art collection.
07 October, 2009
The Tagimocia Art Gallery team with wih their art guardian Mrs. Jane Ricketts(third- Left),
and Mr.Collin Hicks (third- right).
Inmates who are members of the Tagimoucia Art Gallery, today in conjunction with former Wellingtonian Probation Officer Mr Collin Hicks took their art form to the next level in a special display.
The electronic display titled “Yellow Ribbon Art Collection” was held at the Central Eastern Bure and was the brain child of art enthusiast and arts mentor to the inmates Mrs Jane Ricketts.
(Mrs Ricketts said that the display is an opportunity for the inmates to display their works and to showcase their work as committed artist.
“This is quite simply am opportunity to display their art to advantage, because the boys are doing some very good work.
“Some of them are now committed artists,” Mrs Ricketts said. Mr Collins a longtime amateur photographer who is on holiday in Fiji told those gathered at the display that he has seen a lot during his years and some of the art on display was very good and there was some commercial value.
“The art displayed this morning is of very high class and I do believe that there is more potential not only with the individuals who produce the works, but there is potential at least for a modest commercial return on some of this,” Mr Collins said.
Mr Collin who returns to New Zealand at the end of the week said that he was impressed with the various rehabilitation programmes and the Yellow Ribbon Project and when he returns home, he will be an advocate for the programme.
“The Yellow Ribbon Programme brings a special focus of the work within prisons; it doesn’t hide behind what is essentially behind prison walls.
“I think that is the importance of this, people feel that they can participate in the programme and be a part of it and hopefully enjoy some of the benefits and improvements of these programmes as they become more effective over time.
“I think it is very impressive and I certainly will be speaking to me contacts in the New Zealand system to see whether they are interested in what is happening here of the very positive way in the Fiji situation and I congratulate the prison for the enthusiasm that they have brought to this particular programme.”
The art on display were works by inmates Eroni Baleinukulala, Viliame Daunabuna, Epeli Labalaba, Horace Penjueli, Solomoni Qurai, Jone Raivotu and Peceli Veremo.
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