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Inside Out: Exhibition of artwork by prisoners from La Moye

14 June 2023

The States of Jersey Prison Service is proud to present "Inside Out," a unique exhibition featuring a collection of art created by Prisoners from HMP La Moye.

The showcase, which is hosted by the Harbour Gallery, opens its doors to the public on Friday 16 June and will run through to Sunday 25 June.

Visitors to the gallery will be treated to a range of art from paintings and drawings to ceramic work and small pieces of woodwork. A number of the pieces will be available to buy.

Each artwork tells a story, offering glimpses into the personal journeys, emotions, and reflections of the artists. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to witness the creativity that can arise from adversity and the transformative power of art within prisons.

Art classes are offered to the prisoners as part of the education programme, which helps prepare them for their release and successful re-integration into the community. 

Taking part in art at the prison has proven to have a therapeutic effect, assisting with improved thinking and social skills and greater emotional self-regulation, which stimulates a sense of personal well-being. 

Head of Education at the prison, Sanja Koppen, said: “We’ve got approximately 45 prisoners taking part and we hope the exhibition serves as a platform for social change, inviting visitors to think about the themes of rehabilitation, and the potential for personal growth. We want to encourage viewers to see the power of art as a transformative tool for healing and self-expression ultimately empowering individuals to rebuild their lives and contribute positively to society."

Lucy Blackmore, art teacher at La Moye, said: “We’re honoured to collaborate with the Harbour Gallery in presenting this exhibition. The chance to showcase the work of prisoners is a way of motivating and engaging them in creative activity. This raises individual self-esteem and opens minds to engage in other educational opportunities, and behaviour management programmes: all geared towards helping prisoners to make life improving decisions. This all contributes towards our journey of ‘releasing better neighbours'.

"By bringing these artworks to the public's attention, we hope to spark meaningful conversations, challenge perceptions, and promote understanding and empathy within our community.” 

The exhibition will be officially opened by The Lieutenant Governor, His Excellency Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd.

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