Boss?, HMP Everthorpe, oil on canvas, Painting. Image: Courtesy of The Koestler Trust
We were invited to bring our exhibition to HMP Norwich during February and March, and a very interesting event it was.
Week one, the exhibition was in the main closed prison, and the second was re-sited in the Local Dispersal Unit which is just outside of the main prison. Although still on the same site it feels like a totally separate gaol.
The first week, the exhibition was presented by a group of men from the prison, who did it really well. At the end of the event we presented the men with Books and certificates to mark their achievements and also to celebrate the positive things that are done inside Norwich prison.
The organiser of the event was Head of Learning and Skills Linda Cosham , and supported by her colleague Dawn Roe did a great job. Many thanks for all their help with the event throughout.
The second week,We set up the exhibition in the LDU unit, a separate group of inmates were trained from the unit to present the exhibition to prisoners and staff, and although quite a small group they did a wonderful job in conveying the message of the exhibition.
Mrs Eva Clarke was wonderful, and spoke in both establishments in one day. This must have been a very exhausting schedule for her, and we are very grateful to her for all her hard work.
This was the first time that we had been to HMP Norwich and we look forward to returning again soon.