Pieces could have been ex­hib­ited any­where

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ac­com­mo­da­tion. I un­der­stand the de­hu­man­is­ing process of in­sti­tu­tions. I am aware that there is a nar­ra­tive per­ceived by so­ci­ety that of­ten dis­counts any idea of the in­di­vid­ual at all.

If art is to be used to of­fer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion within the prison sys­tem or young of­fend­ers, then each art­work should be able to stand alone pre­sent­ing its own par­tic­u­lar unique nar­ra­tive.

It is not in the spirit of art or re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to re­judge those who are try­ing to cre­ate con­nec­tion and hu­man ex­pres­sion via art.

The sub­mis­sions that came from all over Scot­land showed an astounding po­ten­tial, tal­ent and depth of emo­tional life. Many pieces nod to­ward re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple at home. It was not an easy task to whit­tle them down to one ex­hi­bi­tion.

I be­lieve I se­lected more art­works than any other cu­ra­tor. The Koestler Trust was hop­ing I might select around 110 pieces, in the end I stood by 180 that I felt all re­ally had to be a part of the ex­hi­bi­tion. In each piece there is a nar­ra­tive. What we see on first look and then what we feel in re­ac­tion, per­haps on sec­ond look we have to ques­tion what we ini­tially thought. Art pro­vokes. It cre­ates con­nec­tions. It chal­lenges our ideas. This ex­hi­bi­tion has pieces of art that could have been ex­hib­ited any­where.

Poetry, prose and spo­ken word were all strongly rep­re­sented this year. I have cre­ated a whole wall of po­ems, flash fic­tion, or short sto­ries. Other pieces have been bound and sit next to lis­ten­ing booths where vis­i­tors can lis­ten to an astounding ar­ray of mu­sic, ra­dio, and per­for­mance pieces.

In the main gallery I have two au­dio in­stal­la­tions that run ev­ery half an hour. They al­ter the am­bi­ence within that space and I like the rep­e­ti­tion of it as well.

I wanted to put in cush­ions, ta­bles, cre­ate an ex­hi­bi­tion where peo­ple can spend time, sit down, have a pic­nic with their kids, where the com­mu­nity can come and be a part of this nar­ra­tive.

The re­la­tions between pris­on­ers fam­i­lies and lo­cal com­mu­nity can be re­ally dif­fi­cult. It is im­per­a­tive that we of­fer not only re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion within the prison, young of­fend­ers and psy­chi­atric fa­cil­i­ties but that we cre­ate stronger links between those in­side and the many peo­ple who care for them, or work with them, who may be try­ing to chal­lenge their own nar­ra­tive at home.

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