Art From Within

Art from within is an exhibition of work made by Mental Health Service users from HM Pentonville Prison. It comprises a variety of media from the Creative Therapies programme provided through the Prison’s Day Care Centre.

The centre addresses the rehabilitation, recovery and management of mental health problems through the therapeutic value of art.

Art is a fundamental part of our clinical approach and uniquely placed to confront some of the complex and challenging aspects facing users of the service.

 

“Day Care is a place of sanctuary, where you can come to forget about prison life. It’s a place to be calm and comfortable and be spoken to respectfully” T.J.

Presented as a “safe space”, Day Care encourages a sense of well-being, social engagement and reflection for those frequently experiencing crisis or despair. This respite often proves life changing – in some cases, life saving.

The exhibition is remarkable in that almost all artists included have no previous training or experience. The power and vibrancy of the work serves to illustrate the quality and the energy of our approach and testifies to its relevance in supporting some of societies most vulnerable and marginalised members.

 

At Guardian News & Media, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Click here for more information on this venue.

The exhibition runs until 17 November and is open to the public each day from 10.00 to 18.00. Admission free.

For further information about the programme, please contact Samantha Miller or Lisa Cohen at HM Pentonville Prison. Tel: 020 7023 7368 or email: lisa.cohen@nhs.net

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