Foundations for Change
Our learners are at the heart of what we do. With the support of our colleagues, they work incredibly hard and the creativity and thought shown in projects like this is outstanding, helping learners to both showcase their talents and use as a creative outlet to discuss how they are feeling.
It is amazing to consider that many of these pieces have been carried out by people who have never done anything like this before. The responses that we have seen from both our learners and colleagues across the country for our Pride in Prisons and Probation Project has been nothing short of inspiring, they have approached the brief with enthusiasm and a unique eye. Below is a selection of learner artwork and their commentary:
The Work at a Glance
Our learners were excited to discuss their thought process behind the artwork. Take a look at some of their work in the gallery below.
Image 1: “I decided to think of where I would like to be and belong, so I decided to paint a garden scene in the wall mounted window frame in our classroom, because whenever I look at it, I am reminded that there is a world outside where I still belong. I am also reminded of the simple things in life such as gardens of flowers, nature, owning a cat, listening to birdsong, sunlight on leaves and lawns, all things that I miss and a goal to achieve.”
Image 2: “I made this small-scale model of where I am now. It will be a reminder of where I have been when I get to where I belong.”
Image 3: “I made this Saxon Settlement using matches, disused scouring pads, PVA glue, acrylic paint and toothbrush bristles. I feel it shows a sense of belonging and tells a story of what was, what belonged there, who, when.”
Image 4: “Cut from the same loaf.”
Image 5: “This painting is about longing and belonging. The dense flowers, all stretching towards the sun, illustrates that these flowers belong together, glowing, thriving, making people feel happy and showing that there is hope and joy to be found in life if you only look.”
What to Expect
With the date of the exhibition drawing near, we can’t wait to share with you over the remaining weeks what we have been working on. You can expect more artwork from us in the run up to 24 February when we will be unveiling the full achievement of the project in a permanent display at HMP Newbold Revel. If you’re interested in learning more about this, why not read on about how this project was launched? Keep an eye on our social channels to see the still-to-come art and keep up to date on our latest news and stories.