Art behind bars from female prisoners


Roaring into action: Prisoners putting the finishing touches on the tiger lanterns that will be featured at the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore. — The Straits Times/ANN

Five tiger lanterns will take centrestage at the Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay’s annual Mid-Autumn Festival event, which will run from Aug 27 to Sept 11.

This year’s theme for the festival is “reunion” and the SPH Media Trust’s Chinese Media Group is a partner for the event.

The lanterns come in five colours and represent the Chinese auspicious blessings for the home of joy (yellow), health (green), love (red), longevity (blue) and peace (white).

But the lanterns mean more to the 19 female inmates from the Yellow Ribbon Project’s Arts Behind Bars programme who designed and painted them.

At the Changi Prison Complex’s Institution A4, Singapore’s all-women institution, the inmates put the final touches to the lanterns and explained why drawing and painting the tiger lanterns have been fulfilling.

Farah (not her real name), 47, who helped paint the health lantern, said: “This has been a real challenge for all of us because none of us has any background in art. But the fact that we have been able to complete the task gives us motivation.

“We have been able to see that if we put our minds and efforts into it, we can produce something that impresses us.” — The Straits Times/ANN

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