A painting which was painted by Corrections inmate Pauliasi Delaibatiki, was sold in China for $15,000 and the funds have been donated towards Government’s ‘Adopt a School’ initiative.
Delaibatiki says they are fortunate to be given the opportunity to express their feelings and emotions through arts and to make use of their God given talents.
More than 100 pieces of artwork are now available for sale at the Fiji Corrections Service’s Tagimoucia Art Gallery in Korovou, Suva.
This has been confirmed by the Fiji Corrections Service which also confirms that the gallery re-opened for business last week after it was closed to allow for renovation works to be undertaken.
The Corrections Service says that the art gallery displays talents of many great artists who are inmates within the prison and correctional system in the country.
They add that the initiative provides for an opportunity for inmates of the Suva Corrections Centre to develop skills and to gain a form of income while in custody, that will also be made available to them when they get released.
The Corrections Service says that last year, they also made a contribution of $3,805 towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.