Liberation Prison Project presents “Picturing Compassion” and “Liberation at Healesville”

The Liberation Prison Project — a social services project affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of
the Mahayana Tradition — has been busy organizing not one, but two current and soon-to-open art exhibits in the Melbourne area of Australia.

You have to hurry to catch the first one. For the LPP’s “Picturing Compassion,” eighteen leading photojournalists have contributed images “portraying the need for compassion” to exhibit in the Melbourne Convention Centre foyer through June 20. If you can’t view them live, no worries, The Age has assembled them all in a poignant online slideshow here.

The second exhibit, “Liberation at Healesville,” will display more than 70 pieces of artwork created by LPP inmate students themselves, including unique “envelope art” showcasing how some of the prisoners express themselves through decorated letters they post to the LPP. Attendees will also be treated to “30 Voices,” 30 examples of LPP student poetry recorded by a collection of professional Australian actors, which will be released soon as a CD. You can catch the show June 27 – July 25 at the Healesville Memorial Hall, outside of Melbourne. Also, check the event program (PDF) for special film screenings, guided meditations, and a July 6 celebration of HH the Dalai Lama’s birthday. An online gallery of LPP student artwork may also be viewed here.