Art and Creative Activities

The Department for Correctional Services is transforming prisoner art activities into a comprehensive Creative Industries program.

The program is based on international and national best practices with a focus on prison industries, rehabilitation and reintegration.

The arts and creative activities have the power to change lives and can act as a catalyst for identity transformation, employment pathways, financial independence, and community partnerships which contribute to reduced reoffending and community safety.


Creative industries has multiple benefits for prison management, prisoner well-being and positive engagement with the community.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the therapeutic, expressive and educational benefits of engaging prisoners in creative activities.

Experiences of success in creative activities such as art making can also stimulate interest in further self-development and educational opportunities.

Creative activities can also open up opportunities for social inclusion.

Art by Prisoners exhibition

Since 2012 prisoners have had the opportunity to exhibit visual and written works publicly as part of the Art by Prisoners exhibition program.

Art by Prisoners is run in conjunction UniSA as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.

The initiative gives prisoners from all institutions within South Australia the opportunity to create art and submit it to be awarded by professional artists and curators.

In 2020, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, this exhibition was comprised of written works only and made available online. You can read the entries on UniSA's website.


  • Download: Prisoner Art Images.pdf (1.3 MB PDF)