The Town Library is currently hosting an exhibition of artwork by prisoners, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their work to motivate engagement in creative expression.
Prisoners from HMP La Moye are offered art classes as part of an education programme which helps to prepare them for a successful re-intergration into society, according to the Government.
Art teachers Jo Alm and Lucy Blackmore worked with the prisoners on the exhibition, which is running until April.
Pictured: The exhibition includes a range of paintings and drawings.
Ms Blackmore, who has worked with the Prison Sevice for 15 years, said: "The enthusiasm and talent amongst our prisoners is considerable and continues to grow every year.
"The chance to showcase their work is a way of motivating and engaging prisoners in creative activity."
Pictured: Some of the artwork on display at Town Library.
The Government said that research has revealed art classes help increase prisoners’ motivation, social skills and resilience. They provide a coping mechanism and an opportunity for positive self-expression, and offer skills and knowledge that can help an individual change.
Ms Blackmore explained: "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.
"Combining this as part of a prisoners' rehabilitation programme can act as gateway to further learning through building confidence and self-esteem, and contributes to reducing reoffending."
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