The Lightbox's prisoners' art exhibition tours Surrey
By mattcollison | Friday, October 26, 2012, 13:50
AN EXHIBITION showcasing the artwork of women prisoners is touring Surrey following a successful show at The Lightbox.
The Sweet Smell of Spice is among the prisoners' artwork being exhibited.
This sculpture depicting a woman running is called Freedom.
A flower vase.
Works by inmates, and other women in contact with the criminal justice system, featured at the Woking arts venue from September 18 to October 21 as part of the New Beginnings Art Awards.
Now the exhibition is being displayed at various libraries across the county.
The exhibition, which features 20 works based on the theme of sugar and spice, is visiting libraries in Horley, Oxted, Godalming and Guildford.
Among the artwork is The Sweet Smell of Spice which shows an African family selling cakes. The artist, who remains anonymous, said: "My work expresses the joy, passion and colour the gift of art in prison has given me.
"Like the African family, I have found peace and excitement in the colours, smells and textures of the world in a simple life."
Marilynn Scott, director of The Lightbox, said: "At The Lightbox we really believe in the power of the arts to change lives and create a sense of self worth. This exhibition was a brilliant example of how to nurture artistic talent and that life changing experience. We were really proud to show the exhibition at The Lightbox and support this really worthwhile venture.'
As well as prisoner's artworks, the exhibition also features works by those who use the Women's Support Centre in Woking, including those on probation and those at risk of offending.
A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "Participation and achievement in the arts motivates, inspires and helps troubled women to develop the skills needed to lead a more positive life."
The tour is currently at Horley library and will remain there until Thursday November 1. It will then travel to:
• Horley library from Wednesday 24 October – Thursday 1 November 2012
• Oxted library from Saturday 3 November – Thursday 15 November 2012
• Godalming library from Saturday 17 November – Thursday 29 November 2012
• Guildford library from Saturday 1 December – Thursday 13 December 2012