Everything that you see or are displayed in The Tagimoucia Art Gallery are made by inmates.
Inmates the world over are known for their informal artistry.
The most visible expressions of these talents are, invariably, in the form of tattoos that make intricate and interesting designs on the bodies of inmates.
With this in mind the, the Arts Programme was introduced in the Fiji Corrections Service to hone those inherent talents and skills and to channel them towards productive and useful rehabilitation.
When you visit the Gallery, you will see inmates busily engaged in various pieces; whether it be putting the final touches to a canvass, angling a tile on a mosaic piece or carving something out of nothing. They are being assisted and nudged along by volunteer Jane Ricketts who is also the honorary curator of the Gallery. Of the revenue from the sales of the works, 40 percent is paid to the bank of the offenders.
“It is a delightful and satisfying experience to help draw out the raw talents and watch them develop and bloom into wonderful creations,” says Mrs Ricketts, a former university lecturer. “It has been a joy and honour to be part of this exciting programme, witnessing the eagerness and seriousness the inmates have taken to self-development. “The challenge for us all is to ensure that the programme is sustainable and offenders are not only encouraged by given reasonable assistance to start them off when released.”