Exclusive Pentridge Prison Talk & Tour with Chris Austin

10 May 2023 ‐

3 Jun 2023

10:30 am ‐ 11:30 am

$65 National Trust Member

$75 Adult

Hear a talk from artist and ex Pentridge inmate, Keerraaywoorrong man Chris Austin, whilst on a specially hosted B Division tour.

An exclusive opportunity to hear from The Torch artist and Keerraaywoorrong man, Chris Austin about his artwork that is deeply influenced and informed by his own time spent behind the bluestone walls.

Pentridge Prison Tours commissioned work from Chris for both the Warder’s Residence and more recently, B Division. Chris’s personal and authentic storytelling is integral to the Pentridge Prison Tours experience.

Beginning with a discussion between Robert Kercher, our National Trust Tourism Project Manager, with Chris Austin about his artworks and process. This will be followed by a tour of B Division where Chris will present on his artworks and how they reflect the culture of First Nations people and their experience of incarceration.

A rare opportunity to hear directly from the artist Chris Austin on his commissioned artworks in the B-Division. The two available dates are being held as special events for the Australian Heritage Festival and National Reconciliation Week.

Artist information

Christopher Austin

Gunditjmara/Keerraaywoorrong people

Chris is a Keerraaywoorrong man from the Gunditjmara Nation of south western Victoria. Chris is immensely proud of his culture and has found creating art and sharing stories has given him direction in his life. Chris believes that through creating art he is sharing his stories and passing it on to the younger generations.

Chris was recently featured in the documentary The Art of Incarceration that won the Best Australian Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Find out more.

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