Demystifying the law through community legal education – Portraits of Justice Project

Portraits of Justice was an innovative community legal education and art project to help
young people in Geelong understand legal issues and the free local services that can help
them.

Throughout a series of workshops, young people from a diverse range of backgrounds met
with a range of local legal professionals who discussed their role in the justice system and
how they can assist young people. Portrait sitters included legal professionals from Victoria
Legal Aid, Consumer Affairs Victoria, a Geelong Magistrate, Victoria Police and the local
Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee.

Funded with grants by the City of Greater Geelong and the Victoria Law Foundation, and in
partnership with local artists’ collective, Geelong Illustrators and the Geelong Regional Library
Corporation, Portraits of Justice delivered a series of legal education and art workshops
culminating in a 21 day exhibition on the ground floor of the Geelong Library & Heritage
Centre. The program was launched during 2019 Law Week and was included in the Geelong
After Dark Festival. A legal help referral booklet showcasing young people’s portraits and
legal knowledge was also produced and continues to be distributed widely around Geelong.

This program allows us to foster creative engagement with the law through art, and also
helps to create a friendly local face giving a more human side to the law. We’ve been able
to see that young people are gaining a deeper understanding of the legal issues that affect
them.

Read the Geelong Advertiser article here