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The art of prison: Thinking inside the box

Prison is concrete and steel proof that the more you confine a person, the more creative they become. Nowhere are the creative arts more vibrant and prolific than locked up inside. As the OCA embarks on its Offender Learning Project this series of posts explores the art of prison.

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Postcards from prison

In 2014 Erika was sentenced to 6 years for breaking the law for which she served 3 years in custody. She wanted to document her experience for posterity; the way that she chose to do this was to produce an epic visual Postcard Diary that consists of at least 1400 drawings, one drawing every day from 3 months into her 6 months on bail prior to sentencing, during the whole period of her 3 year incarceration and also following her release.

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Easel does it

Last week I had the latest in my regular catch up meetings with Pat Jones of the Prisoners’ Education Trust. These meetings are always a pleasure. Pat shares her understanding of where education in prisons is going and I marvel at her calm demeanor in the face of multiple challenges. A particular prison came up […]

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