An art trail highlighting the cultural history of Aboriginal inmates has been expanded to a popular lake in western Victoria.
Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney today launched the Koori Art Trail at Beaufort Lake, which features 12 artworks painted by prisoners from the nearby Langi Kal Kal Prison.
The trail not only helps Aboriginal prisoners stay connected to their culture, but also highlights the rehabilitative benefits of art programs within the corrections system.
The new installations – the product of a partnership between Langi Kal Kal and Pyrenees Shire Council – is an extension of the original Koori Art Trail, which was opened in the grounds of the prison last year.
Visitors to the lake can follow the trail to gain a wider appreciation of Aboriginal art and traditions, with a plaque accompanying each piece to explain its cultural significance.
The trail inside Langi Kal Kal was recognised at last year’s Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards, winning the most outstanding location-based project.
Langi Kal Kal’s a minimum-security prison farm, with many of its inmates nearing the end of their sentences.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney
“The Koori Art Trail is a way prisoners can give back to the community while also staying connected to their culture.”
“This was the brainchild of Langi Kal Kal’s General Manager Scott Jacques who should be commended for thinking of new ways to help rehabilitate prisoners.”
Quotes attributable to General Manager of Langi Kal Kal Prison Scott Jacques
“The art trail inside Langi Kal Kal has added so much interest and colour to the prison grounds, and I’m sure the artworks at Beaufort Lake will be equally popular additions.”
“I encourage people to visit the lake and follow the trail, as it is a very educational experience for those who want to learn more about Aboriginal art and the stories that inspire it.”