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New art project launched with Tate Liverpool

Novus learners in establishments across the country are taking part in an exciting art project in partnership with Tate Liverpool.

Taking inspiration from the Op art in Focus exhibition currently on display at Tate Liverpool, learners are working on pieces of artwork to feature in the Inside Perspective display hosted in the Tate Exchange later this year.

Inside Perspective is the second collaboration between Novus and Tate Liverpool, and follows the success of an innovative project in 2017 that used art as a medium to support offenders in building and maintaining relationships with their families throughout their sentence. The project saw learners from five North West prisons create artwork inspired by artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Sarah Hartley, Novus National Lead for Families, said: “We are delighted to be once again working with Tate Liverpool. It’s great to be able to give learners in all our establishments the opportunity to take part in this latest project. Engaging in creative arts projects can help to increase self-confidence and tackle issues, and is a great way for offenders to build relationships with their families. We know that sustaining strong family relationships while in prison can play an important role in helping offenders on the path to a crime-free live on release, and so reduce reoffending.”

The project is not just restricted to those within the art department. Learners from a wide range of classes are using their skills to engage with the project. Building trades, horticulture and catering are just some of the areas who can develop their own unique take on creating a piece of artwork.

The exhibition at Tate Liverpool on 27 November and will be open daily from 10am to 5pm until 9 December. Further information can be found on the Tate Liverpool website


Pictured is a piece of artwork produced by learners at HMP Altcourse for the project.

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