CON-Artists exhibition at UWE's Bower Ashton campus

Issue date: 14 March 2011


16-18 March 2011, 10.00-16.00 daily

Preview: Tuesday 15 March, 17.00-18.30

UWE's Bower Ashton Campus will be hosting an exhibition of work from the art class at HMP Bristol in a collaborative project between HMP Bristol and UWE's Department of Art and Design.

CON-Artists showcases the creative talents of current and ex-prisoners at HMP Bristol, including independently produced cell work as well as work produced in the prison's art class.

The title of the exhibition is a tongue-in-cheek play on the context of the production of the work, and also a reflection on the tentative relationship with the role of artist that the prisoners are exploring through exhibiting their work at UWE.

Dr. Shawn Sobers, Photography Lecturer at the Department of Art and Design, who initiated the collaboration between UWE and HMP Bristol said:

“I was inspired to contact Horfield Prison about putting on a show at UWE after seeing a national exhibition of offenders' artwork in London last year, which impressed me greatly. The work in the CON-Artists exhibition highlights the power of art and how people with creative impulses find outlets to express themselves, even in adverse situations. It also highlights how creativity can be used for people's voices and feelings to be heard, and also as a source of comfort for the artist.”

Join us the preview on Tuesday 15 March for an informal tour of the show and to find out more about the work. Listen to introductions from staff teaching at HMP Bristol and at UWE about the work on show; working in, making art in and the role of creativity in prison settings.

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