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ISSUE NO. 1

JULY 2024

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Paper Chained International Art Exhibition

By Damien Linnane

Damien Linnane is the editor of Paper Chained, a quarterly journal for art and writing which is made available to all people in NSW prisons. Damien was sentenced to two years in prison in 2015 for crimes that were described by the sentencing magistrate as an act of vigilantism. During his sentence he wrote a crime novel, Scarred, and then taught himself to draw. He is currently completing a PhD which looks at the history of prison newsletters in Australia.

James Mutugi for Paper Chained

In Sydney in May 2024, Damien Linnane (editor of the prison magazine Paper Chained) held an exhibition of art by people in prison around the world. Linnane managed to obtain over 100 artworks from currently and formerly incarcerated people in eight different countries. These ranged from embroidery works from a women’s prison in Mexico, to sculptures made out of toilet paper from an artist in Queensland. The public feedback was incredible. Money from sold works was also sent back to the artists, to encourage further creativity in custody. Some of the images from the exhibition are reprinted here. 

James Mutugi, former Kenyan prisoner who gave us the idea for the exhibition.

Ojore McKinnon, currently on Death Row. Artworks made at San Quentin State Prison, California.

Embroidered artwork from a woman in Mexico.

Paper sculpture from a prisoner in Bolivia.

Toilet paper sculptures by Ashley in Queensland. 

Paul Wilson, currently at Casuarina prison in WA.
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