The Fiji Corrections Service (FCS), in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), today announced it will be hosting an art exhibition at the Tagimoucia Gallery from August 15-19, 2016.

The exhibition will feature original artwork by highly talented inmates depicting the theme “Stronger than Winston, the Resilience of Nature and Our People”.

“This exhibition will bring out the diverse talents of inmates who have been using art to inspire community action towards rehabilitation and to create awareness on the resilience of our people and communities,” says Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner, Commander Francis Kean.

“We’re also pleased to partner with WCS to create a platform for these artists to showcase their work to Fiji. We hope this theme will inspire rehabilitation and recovery post-Cyclone Winston, providing inmates an opportunity to support national efforts as well as showcase their own path to rehabilitation.”

Inmates whose artwork will feature in this exhibition include Pauliasi Delaibatiki who recently made a historic achievement as the biggest donor towards the Adopt a School Program initiative which aimed to help schools that suffered major destruction when Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston struck. This was made possible when a painting by Delaibatiki was auctioned in China for $15,000, with all proceeds donated towards the initiative

“The inmates are producing work that captures our connection to and interdependence on nature in new and exciting ways. Their works include oil and acrylic paintings in vivid colours, black and white drawings in pencil and pen and ink, wood carvings, screen prints and mosaics,” said Cmdr Kean.

WCS Fiji Program Director Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai said WCS was delighted to be part of the exhibition, hoping it would inspire the public to continue supporting the rehabilitation efforts.

“The exhibition also provides the opportunity to highlight the government-sponsored Yellow Ribbon Program that promotes the rehabilitation of inmates through art and to create awareness on protecting Fiji’s natural resources,” she said.

WCS is an international non-government organisation that has been based in Fiji since 2001, working with communities and the Fiji Government to protect biodiversity and natural resources through sound management practices.

It currently supports conservation, fisheries and sustainable development efforts in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, located between the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and includes the provinces of Tailevu, Ra, Bua and Cakaudrove. Cyclone Winston based straight through the seascape, causing extensive damage to people and coastal areas, including coral reefs.

The Tagimoucia Gallery is located opposite the Korovou corrections facility in Suva and the exhibition is open to the public.