Northland prisoners' art exhibition to open at Mairangi Arts Centre

Over 70 top-quality artworks created by Northland Region Corrections Facility (NRCF) prisoners will be on display at Mairangi Arts Centre in Auckland during the InsideOut 7 art exhibition.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday 9 April at 2pm and will feature until Sunday, 8 May 2016.

Now in its seventh year, the exhibition is the result of a creative partnership between Mairangi Arts Centre and the Department of Corrections.

NRCF prison director, Dave Pattison says, “A growing body of evidence suggests that art can have a significant impact on offenders' lives, particularly in helping them move away from a life of crime. This year, the bulk of the income from the InsideOut 7 sales will support Women’s Refuge while a percentage will be used to obtain art supplies for the prison artists.”

All the works are produced through the Art in Prisons programme are a blend of paintings and Māori carvings. The theme of the InsideOut 7 exhibition is History.

Last year, the over 90 artworks on display were sold for a total of $9,640. Top Energy Northland Rescue Helicopter received a donation of $6,748 from the sale of artworks.