6 Dec 2012

Inmates' art work on display at Vanuatu exhibition

5:11 am on 6 December 2012

It's believed an art programme being run in two correctional facilities in Vanuatu is contributing to the rehabilitation of inmates.

Volunteer Services Abroad has been involved with the project at the men's correctional centre, and women's facility in Port Vila for several years and some of their paintings will be on exhibition in the capital on Thursday.

New Zealander Keith Hambrook, started running the course for VSA two and a half years ago and says it helps build confidence and many inmates continue painting after their release.

Mr Hambrook, who has a background in advertising and design, says there's a lot of raw talent.

"So far it's been really successful, there's so much natural talent here that you know a lot of us in the West try to kind of reconnect with that type of naive style that we so admire, and here it just comes completely naturally."

Keith Hambrook says most of the men and women with work in the exhibition, which runs until December the 13th, have now been released and can keep the money from anything they sell.