Prison art tutor wins award
A prison art tutor who organised an auction to raise funds for Christchurch's earthquake relief effort has won an award for her work.
Cantabrian Corina Hazlett won the Big 'A' Prison Arts Leadership Award for her work in Canterbury prisons at the Art Access Aotearoa awards in Wellington last night.
She has worked as an art tutor in the Kia Marama Unit at Rolleston Prison, at Christchurch Women's Prison and in the youth unit at Christchurch Men's Prison since 2010.
In March, Hazlett organised an auction of 140 artworks by 75 prisoners from the three prisons.
The auction, Rawhenua Whakaaro (Thoughts of the Earthquake), including paintings, sculpture and traditional and contemporary carvings using wood that had been donated from Christchurch's red zone, raised more than $21,000.
Hazlett, who has a diploma in psychology, said the auction was a highlight of her 20 years as an artist as it enabled prisoners to contribute to the community and feel a sense of pride.
Working with prisoners was challenging and rewarding, she said.
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