02 August - 30 August 2023



2 aUGUST 2023 -
30 AUGUST 2023

Artists On The Inside presents artwork created by adults incarcerated in South Australia’s prisons. The works allow contributors to participate in the community both as prisoners and as artists, using art as the medium to create and share stories. In taking on the role of artists, prisoners challenge themselves to think differently about their relationships with the self, the community and culture.

This exhibition provides an opportunity for prisoners to express creative talent and vision, and for visitors to reflect on their assumptions about prisoners and what can be achieved within institutions. 

Visual artworks use a variety of mediums including paint, sculpture and applique and are accompanied by a collection of written works under the title Words from the Inside. All entries have been judged by a panel of arts industry professionals.

Visitors are invited to participate in this process by voting for your favourite artwork and leaving a comment. People’s Choice awards and public comments will be sent to participants.


Artwork from the 2021 Artists On The Inside Exhibition

Artists On The Inside is presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Department for Correctional Services, as part of SALA

While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. The Hawke Centre reserves the right to change their program at any time without notice.