One Life is a multi-media exhibition which provides an insight into the violence and discrimination that women can encounter on their road to rebuilding their lives after. The project journeys through the lives of women, chronicling their experience one minute before they’re released from prison, one hour afterwards, and then a day, a week, a month and a year after their release. These women are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends. They’re not just labelled by the occurrence that led them into prison, nor should they forever be defined by their experience within our justice system. At the end of the day, prisoners don’t stay in prison. Once released, they could become your neighbours, work colleagues and perhaps, even your friend. So why not take this opportunity to get to know them a little better.

Women who are actively committed to creating change in the lives of these women after their release have also collaborated to participate in this project. These women are advocates, police officers, lawyers, chaplains, psychologists and correctional services personnel. Their participation gives an insight those who work as advocates for empowering and improving the outcomes and human rights for these women. 

One Life has six parts;  interviews with the women, 3D style portraits of the women, quotes from their lived experience, photography by the participants of their precious items and their meanings in audio,  app for people with sensory, cognitive, and learning impairments plus this website.

‘Without stories , there is silence.
Without stories told, we are voiceless.
Without our stories heard, we are invisible.
It is even harder, when the stories are hard to hear and impossible to imagine.’
– Belinda Mason, Creative Director


This project is supported by Head On Photo Festival, City of Sydney, NSW Property, Primary Communication, Simpsons Law Practice and Code Green Designer Constructions.