Wandsworth Art Competition

Wandsworth Art Competition Winner

Wandsworth: Art Competition Unlocks Prison Talent

A competition at Wandsworth Prison brought out the creative streak among inmates studying art as part of their rehabilitation.

The courses are part of a series of educational programmes run at the prison via Kensington and Chelsea College, and is aimed at rehabilitating prisoners and reducing the risk of re-offending.

The competition, entitled ‘The Governors Prize for Art’, attracted more than 30 entries from budding artists around the prison.

Judges, prison Governor David Taylor and Deputy Governor Ian Bickers, had the difficult task of selecting the winner from the high standard of entries received.

The inmate who produced the winning work of art said he was both ‘surprised’ and ‘shocked’ to have won.

Speaking about his art work he added: ‘For me it was about overcoming my own struggle, it is only me who can achieve my own freedom. Prisoners have to be their own redeemers.’

Lisa Hendricks, Art and Design Course Director at Wandsworth Prison, said: ‘The pieces produced by inmates were a mix of abstract and realism. They all displayed elements of skill and were visually aesthetic. The pieces were greatly admired by those viewing it.’

Four runners up were also selected and won £10 each. The winning entry earned £50 and will be displayed in the entrance area of the prison.