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Prisoner artwork exhibition to serve as "platform for social change"

Prisoner artwork exhibition to serve as

Tuesday 13 June 2023

Prisoner artwork exhibition to serve as "platform for social change"

Tuesday 13 June 2023

A new exhibition of art from over 40 prisoners could serve as a "platform for social change", according to the HMP La Moye's Head of Education.

'Inside Out’, which features a collection of art created by prisoners from HMP La Moye, will be officially opened this week to the public by Lieutenant Governor Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd.

Islanders can visit the showcase for free at the Harbour Gallery from Thursday 15 June to Sunday 25 June.

The artwork ranges from paintings and drawing to ceramic work and small pieces of woodwork, with each offering glimpses into the personal journeys, emotions, and reflections of the artists.

Sanja Koppen, Head of Education at HMP La Moye, said: "We've got approximately 45 prisoners taking part and we hope the exhibition serves as a platform for social change, inviting visitors to think about the themes of rehabilitation, and the potential for personal growth.

"We want to encourage viewers to see the power of art as a transformative tool for healing and self-expression ultimately empowering individuals to rebuild their lives and contribute positively to society."


Pictured: art teacher at La Moye, Lucy Blackmore. (Dave Ferguson)

Lucy Blackmore, Art Teacher at La Moye added: "We're honoured to collaborate with the Harbour Gallery in presenting this exhibition."

"The chance to showcase the work of prisoners is a way of motivating and engaging them in creative activity. This raises individual self-esteem and opens minds to engage in other educational opportunities, and behaviour management programmes: all geared towards helping prisoners to make life improving decisions. This all contributes towards our journey of 'releasing better neighbours'."

Art classes are offered to the prisoners as part of the education programme, which helps prepare them for their release and successful re-integration into the community.

A number of the pieces will be available to buy.

Pictured top: Artwork from 2021's 'Inside Out' exhibition, which was held at the Private and Public gallery. (Jon Guegan)

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