Art­work from the in­side will truly cap­ti­vate its au­di­ence

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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.

The Koestler Awards re­ceive thou­sands of en­tries from across the UK, with 1,131

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