For the second year in succession, Gallery North will host an exhibition of prisoner's art work.
After the success of last year's exhibition, which was part of the British Society of Criminology's annual conference, Charlotte Bilby and Louise Ridley, both Senior Lecturers in Criminology and Sharron Lea, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art are pleased to organise the next exhibition.
This year the exhibition has a theme: 'Life Stories, moving on'.
The art work, which includes watercolours, textile art and sculpture as well as items of creative writing, has all been produced by prisoners who are currently serving sentences.
Charlotte Bilby and Louise Ridley, comment, 'some of the pieces tells stories of how the prisoners feel about being imprisoned, but prisoners often say that the process of making the work is more important to them than the topic. Expressing yourself in a creative way, whether that?s through painting, playing a musical instrument or taking part in drama, is part of what it is to be human. If we aim to punish people humanely, then it's important that creative activities are part of life in prisons. Taking part in art classes helps develop social skills, which are important in the government?s criminal justice 'rehabilitation revolution' agenda. We are delighted by the response to the exhibition that we've had from prison staff and prisoners and we hope that we will continue to build on the good relationships that we have established through this exhibition.'
There will be a private view of the exhibition held on Wednesday 5 December from 6pm.
Note: None of the works of art in this exhibition are for sale.