Young offenders’ art behind bars

YOUNG inmates at Hindley Young Offenders Institution have had paintings and poems accepted for a regional showcase of art behind bars.

A painting and a poem have been included in Safety Net of Sky, an exhibition of art by prisoners, people on probation and in secure hospitals and children’s homes which is being displayed in Liverpool.

Both been submitted anonymously, and one is Juvenile Survival, a rhyming poem offering an outsider a survival guide to living life in a young offenders’ institution and inviting people to look beyond some of the stereotypes surrounding prisoners.

The other Hindley offering included in the exhibition is Picnic: a large painting in acrylics of several bottles, one adorned with a spider, on a chequered surface in front of a red wall.