17th December 06:03 AM
Inmates and former Land Force Commander display brilliant artwork at the Tagimoucia Art Gallery
By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 01/12/2017
L:R - Inmates: Muskan Balgan, Ethan Kai, Pauliasi Delaibatiki, Hon. Faiyaz Koya, Pita Driti, Aisake Amoe and Fiji Corrections Services Commissioner Francis Kean

Former Land Force Commander Pita Driti and four other inmates at the Fiji Corrections Service displayed their brilliant artwork at the Tagimoucia Art Gallery at the Fiji Corrections Service in Korovou last night.

One of Driti’s artwork which is called “The race that stops the farmers” had most of the guests at the gallery in amazement.

The cost of his artwork is $700.

Fiji Corrections Services Commissioner Francis Kean says the theme of the exhibition was called “Blooming Inside” and it has suited the event nicely.

Meanwhile, another inmate, Muskan Balgan who was the only female artist at the exhibition says this work has helped her feel at home despite the challenges she faced especially in missing her family in India.

She believes this has changed her life to be a better person.

The artists that displayed their work last night includes Pauliasi Delaibatiki who has been working in the gallery for seven years, Ethan Kai, Aisake Amoe, Pita Driti and Muskan Balgan. 

Meanwhile, 60% of every piece sold will go into their individual accounts while 40% will go towards the purchasing of the materials for painting.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Land and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Siddiq Koya says it is important to note that the rehabilitation program does not only assist the artists therapeutically and financially, as it also encourages them and those who wish to join, to abide by the rules of the institution.

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