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A North West prison project led by Novus has used art as a medium to support offenders in building and maintaining relationships with their families throughout their sentence. The project aims to reduce reoffending by helping offenders maintain vital family links.
The project involved men from HMP Liverpool, HMP Thorn Cross, HMP Garth, HMP Altcourse and HMP Hindley. Inspired by the current exhibition at Tate Liverpool, ‘Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus’, offenders created individual pieces of artwork which represent their life in prison.
Through art, the project has allowed the men to share their experiences with their families, both at family events within the prison and by introducing their relatives to the prison environment by talking about the pieces they have produced.
Photographs of the prisoners’ artwork are now on show in Tate Exchange.
Barbara McDonough, Chief Operating Officer for Novus, said: “Maintaining strong family relationships whilst in prison can play an important role in supporting offenders to tackle issues, so that in release they are ready to live safe, healthy and productive lives, helping to reduce reoffending.
"The recently published Farmer Review into the importance of family demonstrates the value of family to the rehabilitation of offenders and, we believe, highlights how important this is to reform.
Novus has built successful and effective partnerships that work to the benefit of offenders and ex-offenders.
From the long-standing working relationships to the more recent partnerships we have forged, we are delighted to join forces in transforming the lives of children, young people and adults through the provision of high quality learning and employability skills.
Working with the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the National Offender Management Service as well as a wide range of visionary charities and organisations, we strive to raise our learners’ aspirations, support them back into purposeful activity, prepare them for the world of work and consequently reduce the risk of re-offending.
Our partners offer crucial strategic input into the delivery of our services and provide an insight into their sector, ensuring Novus evolves and our work remains of the highest quality.
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