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Durham Constabulary HQ part of national trail art trail

PCVC Ron Hogg with 'Breakfast'

PCVC Ron Hogg with 'Breakfast'

Durham Constabulary Headquarters is one of only 9 venues across the Durham, Cleveland and Northumbria police areas to feature on a commemorative art trail. 

The 100 YEARS ON is an art trail of 100 framed paintings, drawings and poems entered into the Koestler Awards by women in prisons throughout the UK. The trail commemorates the centenary of the Representation of People Act 1918 which gave some women the power to vote. Many women were imprisoned in their campaign for suffrage. This trail shines a light on the challenges faced by women in prison 100 years on.  

Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “I am really pleased that our Police Headquarters is able to feature as part of this powerful commemorative art trail.  Art can provide great therapy and rehabilitation to offenders as it offers a creative expression and builds confidence.”

The piece of art featured is titled ‘breakfast’ and was painted by a participating artist from HM Prison & Young Offenders Institute Low Newton.  It take pride of place in the light and airy atrium. 

A participating artist from HM Prison & Young Offenders Institute Low Newton said: “I love to be creative as it sets my mind, heart and soul free even though my physical body is imprisoned.”

Notes for editors:

The Koestler Trust is the UK’s leading prison art charity.  They award, exhibit, champion and sell artwork by prisoners across the country. 

For more full details including the full list of art trail venues please visit www.koestlertrust.org.uk/exhibitions

Posted on Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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