Insider Art is now on at the greenhouse. The exhibition runs from 26th June – 31st August. the greenhouse gallery is located inside of the Guernsey Tourist Information Centre on North Esplanade.
The new Guernsey Arts Commission exhibition showcases a handful of work done by prisoners and ex-prisoners of the Guernsey Prison. P M Gradwell has been the art tutor at the prison for a number of years, and had this to say about the work done in the prison:
” Guernsey prisoners have been offered art classes since the 1980s when Guernsey College of Further Education evening class tutors Peter Baker and Peter Dobson recognised the need for essential literacy and numeracy provision to be complemented with recreational creative activities. Art and crafts were taught in the old prison’s chapel at makeshift workbenches –boards placed across pews. The tutors’ success in fostering talent under difficult conditions and with few resources was apparent when artist Peter Le Vasseur organised a released prisoner’s one-man show in a town gallery.
Insider Art is the first exhibition to show a range of work by a number of prisoners indicating what can be achieved by those few who have a natural talent, but mainly by those whose average abilities can be developed over time.
Beyond its therapeutic and relaxing benefits (greatly appreciated by prisoners) the rehabilitative value of art is that it demands self-discipline. Commitment and persistence are required, often over weeks, to achieve worthwhile results. “