Prison-art exhibition opens

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Homeless charity Crisis is holding a new art exhibition to showcase works by people who have spent time in prison.

The aim of the exhibition, Inside Out, is to help  who have been affected by homelessness or been marginalized to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence in life.

The artists have produced the artwork while in jail, on probation or while trying to rebuild their lives within the community.

The exhibition is being held at Crisis’ creative centre, The Bermondsey Project, in south London and will run until August 4 and will feature drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and films.

Ismail Hoca (Crisis) Flux 1

Some of the work will be auctioned or sold to the public to raise money for Crisis and the artist themselves. The money will be shared equally unless the artist remains in prison – and so cannot accept the money – where it will be donated to a charity of the artist’s choice.

One entrant who has demonstrated ‘outstanding merit’ will win a special art package consisting of a free year of studio space, support and mentoring, opportunities to show their work in a galley and help buying with equipment and materials.

The project is part of Crisis’ Unlock Your Potential scheme which helps prisoners  who want help to rebuild their lives and get employment learn new skills.

The Bermondsey Project, at 46 Willow Walk, London, SE1 5SF, also provides free courses to homeless and ex-homeless artists and a platform to showcase their work.

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