The one night exhibition will be accompanied by a panel discussion on women’s criminal justice. The panel will include Dr Kate O Brien from Durham University Criminology department, two former Low Newton residents, and prison governor Gabrielle Lee.
One of the artists featured in the exhibition is former Low Newton resident Gayle Price. She said “I didn’t realise I could do art until I had the opportunity in prison. Now I’ve left I want to do a qualification.”
The exhibition explores what ‘home’ means for women in prison and women leaving prison.
The exhibition is curated by prison arts facilitator Mim Skinner who works for Christian charity Junction42. She said “The exhibition shares stories of a wide range of experiences from addiction and abuse to important family relationships hopes for the future. It’s amazing that we’re able to use art to help people tell their stories and then share those stories with a wider audience.”
Nick Maylan, co-founder of Empty Shop, a non profit arts organisation in Durham, said “We’re delighted to be hosting this exhibition which helps give a voice to women from Low Newton Prison. Art can really help people to tell their story and think differently about their experiences, Home offers a rare chance to help audiences understand more about life on the inside.”
The show is one Thursday 25/05/17, 7.30-9pm, Gallery 3, TESTT Space, Floor 2, 25 North Road, Durham, DH1 4SG.