Love, Life and Freedom: a decorated box with a map and flying birds.© Charlotte HMS Bronzefield

July 2012, Arts, Heritage and Justice

Hats off to the Watt’s Gallery for facilitating a fascinating symposium at the British Museum on working with prisoners. Laura Phillips skilfully brought together professionals from the arts and cultural heritage sectors with a wide range of providers in, and associated with, the prison service. It was good for DHG to learn about a multitude of excellent projects such as Outreach Egypt and the upcoming related exhibition in Cambridge.

Remember the Arts Alliance are a hub for resources for working with prisoners and The Network coordinates an email list, primarily for people working with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families via libraries, archives and museums.

The image is a detail from a decorated box artwork displayed at Watts Gallery and created by a prison inmate artist. “I’ve really enjoyed this project, it’s helped me realise the points in my life where I’ve gone wrong and how I want my life to be… My box represents all the wrong choices I’ve made… To me LOVE, LIFE and FREEDOM are the main goals.”


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