Artwork from the inside will truly captivate its audience
power of art should be “fostered, nurtured and pushed further on”.
She added: “I love the idea that the children of lots of these people can come and see the artwork, and think about the narrative. There are some extraordinary pieces, there was so much talent, and it was really quite emotional to be around it.
“I feel if you are offering art for the purpose of art for rehabilitation in the prison system, it is up to the people who are extending that to not re-judge the people: these people have already been judged, they’ve been convicted, they’ve been tried.
“My job is to look at the artwork and support them as artists. It’s not about what this person or that person has done.”
The attributions for the art include titles, and the institution in which the artist is based, but no identifying information.
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