Held at both Soft Touch Arts and the New Walk museum in Leicester, Unlocked 2 is an exhibition of artwork created by prisoners at HMP Leicester, HMP Stocken and ex-prisoners and people on probation who come to the creative café sessions I help run on Tuesdays at Soft Touch.
I was involved in helping to curate artwork, design and build the prison cell installation in the museum and created three short animations of the prisoner’s artwork, which were projected on the walls outside the cell in the exhibition space in the museum.
This project aimed to explore the need for mental health support through the arts for prisoners inside and those outside of prison on probation and was supported and funded by De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, Leicestershire NHS Trust, Soft Touch Arts and Leicester City Council.
The exhibition was covered on BBC East Midlands today, where they interviewed Sally, one of the Co-Directors at Soft Touch and Jermaine, a former inmate at HMP Leicester who has been on the probation session at Soft Touch since 2017. He is now involved in supporting anti-knife crime campaigns in Luton and Leicester.
You can see an article from the Leicester Mercury covering the exhibition below
Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus the exhibition has had to close. Hopefully there will be a third exhibition in 2021.
If you want to find out more about what Soft Touch does and how you can support them, see www.soft-touch.org
The Leicester Mercury article is here: