Very interesting photo gallery in The Guardian this week of art by prisoners. We saw a small selection of similar art – from the 1960s through to the present day – when we went to sketch in Ruthin Gaol.

The art in the gallery raises questions about what people use art for and why. The art in the Guardian’s photo gallery is curated by the Koestler Trust, a charitable trust which aims to:

…help offenders, secure patients and detainees lead more positive lives by motivating them to participate and achieve in the arts. […] We have plenty of anecdotal evidence that Art in prison can offer significant benefits for offenders in terms of their mental health, personal development and on release from prison reduce their chances of re-offending.

From Koestler Trust History: Evidence and Research (www.koestlertrust.org)

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