Art as Change in Progress

Art as Change in Progress

Alberta’s Drumheller Institution, Bowden Institution and Edmonton Institution for Women In 2010, Elizabeth Withey of the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) compiled a series of stories based around artwork being produced in area detention centres. These short video documentaries highlight some of the positive effects that the creative process has had directly on the(…)

Scotland’s Koestler Trust: “Release”

Scotland’s Koestler Trust: “Release”

From Nov. 2 to Dec. 15, 2013, Koestler Trust organised an exhibition in Glasgow’s Tramway. The show featured artwork from prisons and other secure facilities, e.g., children’s homes, immigrant detention centres and hospitals, and was curated by youth from the Kibble Safe Centre in Paisley, which is a secure children’s care and education centre and(…)

Northumbria University and Koestler Trust: “Reflections”

Northumbria University and Koestler Trust: “Reflections”

Criminologist Charlotte Bilsby worked with notable prison art charity Koestler Trust to organise an exhibition at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Gallery at the Gateshead Central Library from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1, 2013. While Koestler Trust is a veteran exhibitor of prison art, this was the 50-year-old organisation’s first show ever(…)

Jonny Singh and Gloucester’s Art Behind Bars

Jonny Singh and Gloucester’s Art Behind Bars

In Gloucester, an ex-convict has taken it upon himself to spearhead an initiative to sell artwork produced in prisons around the UK. Originally from Birmingham, Jonny Singh served time for his gang-related crimes and is now helping other inmates by raising public awareness of art as an alternative form of rehabilitation. Beyond raising public awareness,(…)