Arts By Offenders and Secure Patients
The Co-operative Koestler exhibition for the North West 2011
, 41 - 51 Greenland Street, L1
4th March - 27th March 2011
a warm welcome from Emma (why are all scouse girls beautiful?) at the
This exhibition is amazing, containing a lot of thought provoking, stunning,
diverse, outrageous artwork that you will see this side of sanity, and
I don't say that lightly.
The work has been created by prisoners, people in secure psychiatric
hospitals, secure children's homes and those on probation.
This is the only time you will see this amount of ANGER - to some people
making this type of art is the only way of expressing their anger, rage,
shame, guilt, sorrow, hate, love. Some of the artwork shakes you to the
The tormented broken souls' paintings, drawings and writing shines through
- the sadness contained therein can't be ignored. Parole boards should
have an art therapist sitting there explaining what the person is trying
Maybe with some people it's their only way to say sorry or is it a cry
for help - no, yes, why, when, how, can I? (the unasked unanswered questions).
The poems strongly caught my attention, first BOSS boss BOSS - the words
are so powerful, painful, pitiful and mindful.
God, some of these poems had me in tears and laughing out loud, but others
just made me sit and think.
Pain is a word I know well through serious family problems.
"Daughter in a pushchair, sacrament of fatherhood, and this is where
we eat." These words are from the words of art creative writing project
at HMYPI Thorn Cross. "Hiding emotion, busy emotionless crowd, inside
they are screaming!"
I have been right there in so much fucking pain, I just wanted to lay
down and die, but I went on with the thought in my heart that my loved
ones will come back one day.