New Art Exhibition at Lithgow Library

Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be hosting an art exhibition by inmates of Bilibid Prison in the Philippines from Wednesday 2 December 2015 until Thursday 24 December 2015.

Chris Woolcock, the renowned woodworker who creates fabulous rocking horses, has been teaching woodworking at the Bilibid Prison since 2012. He has seen firsthand the living conditions of the inmates and the enormous benefits that come from having a creative outlet. With no funding available, Chris offered to provide the materials for about fifty pictures which he has brought to Australia.

The paintings bring to life the inner visions, dreams and aspirations of the inmates who otherwise live a harsh life in this prison. Beautiful, vivid colours and classic themes are represented in many of the works.

“Our library provides an outlet and an exhibition space for artists from all cultures and backgrounds, but I think this may be the first exhibition of works from another country,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “I hope that many local people will get the chance to see this exhibition and that it provides the members of our community with insight into the work of artists from a very different background.”

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

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Contact:

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Terry O’Keefe
Library Co-Ordinator
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364