MK College Offender Learning Art Exhibition opens at MK Gallery on 8th April

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A month long exhibition displaying artwork from Milton Keynes College Offender Learning and Skills students launches at MK Gallery on April 8.

The exhibition, a partnership between the Gallery and the College, will showcase artwork from students at HMP Springhill, HMP Hewell, HMP Sudbury, HMP Bullingdon, HMP Grendon, HMP Huntercombe, HMP Long Lartin and HMP Woodhill.

The theme of the exhibition is “transformation”, and each exhibit will tell a story – how the object went from raw material to finished piece – but, more importantly, show the benefits of how being creative has helped prisoners change their lives.

The free exhibition will take place in the Project Space at MK Gallery and, on the 10th, 17th and 24th April, it will be staffed by MK College Offender Learning staff who will be able to provide visitors with further insight into the work on display.

Maxine Bennett, Deputy Director for Offender Learning: Innovation and Development at the College says, “It is a great opportunity to not only showcase the talented artwork that has been produced by offenders, but also to highlight the positive, and crucial, role education plays in changing lives. I, along with the rest of the Offender Learning team, very much look forward to meeting visitors and providing information on both the exhibits and the work of the College.”

The launch on the April 8 will provide a first-hand opportunity for Art tutors to see their students’ work on display; plus a presentation from Dr Julie Mills, Principal and CEO of MK College.

The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Derek Eastman, will also be attending the launch, which is open to all.