Peeping Through the Flowers
HM Prison & Young Offender Institution Styal
Sold framed, dimensions: 63 x 48cm
“Being able to keep in touch with my creative self has been paramount as it is my first time in prison. Art enables me to talk in pictures, allowing my feelings to flow and keep my sanity manageable.”
This artwork was on display at Manchester Crown Court as part of our project 100 Years On.
The Koestler Trust is displaying artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project plays a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which are taking place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.
Sales of 100 Years On artworks will fund the Helen Cadbury Scholarship Award, providing the scholar with one-to-one support from an arts professional for a year, a monetary prize and an arts bursary. During the often chaotic transition from custody to community, the benefits of creativity in boosting mental health, wellbeing and confidence – benefits which many find in prison – can be lost in the face of challenges in accessing basic social, educational and vocational opportunities. We are excited to offer this scholarship as a way of maintaining the positive effects of art post release.