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"Moving Forward Together": Inmates use art and poetry to share their hopes for the future with their families and the community


Singapore, 30 August 2019 – The 12th Yellow Ribbon Community Art and Poetry Exhibition (YRCAPE) was launched today at the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA) by Guest-of-Honour, Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. The exhibition was attended by approximately 150 guests.  

2.              Organised in collaboration with the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Sing Lit Station (SLS), this year’s exhibition, themed “Moving Forward Together”, calls for greater community involvement in supporting the rehabilitation journey of inmates through sharing their artworks and poems.

3.              A total of 50 inmates from Institution B4 and Institution A4 created 100 pieces of mixed medium artworks and 23 poems, supported by volunteer artist and poet mentors from SAM and SLS. These artist and poet mentors worked closely with the inmates for close to four months in preparation for the exhibition. Chairperson for the YRCAPE Organising Committee, Mr Shahlan Bin Rashid, shared on the motivation behind this year’s exhibition, “Apart from cultivating patience and discipline, art and poetry allow the inmates to discover and develop a voice to express their journeys of change and hopes for the future. Their reintegration into society would require openness and support, especially from their families and the larger community.”

4.              Local poet and mentor to the inmates, Mr Marc Nair, shared on his experience working with the inmates, “It was inspiring to go through the journey of self-discovery with the inmates, and for them to discover that they too, had talent. For some of the individuals, this was the first time that they were able to create something so meaningful to share with their family and with the public.”

5.              Members of public can support the exhibition by adopting the art pieces and poems. Proceeds from the adoption will go towards the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports a variety of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and services for inmates, ex-offenders, and their families. The exhibition will run from 31 August 2019 to 8 September 2019 at SOTA.


About the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP)

Started in 2004, YRP is a community initiative in Singapore that aims to create awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders, generate acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community, and inspire community action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders into society.

YRP is managed by the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network, which comprises Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), Singapore Prison Service (SPS), Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Industrial & Services Co-operative Society Ltd (ISCOS), Singapore After-Care Association (SACA), Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) and Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF).