An exhibition of prisoner artwork will be on display at St. Michael’s Parish Church from Monday 12th November to Friday 16th November 2018. The aim of the exhibition, titled Journey into Light, is to demonstrate to visitors that behind every prisoner’s conviction and sentence is a personal story of love, hope and loss.
The exhibition is made up of more than 50 individual pieces of art produced by prisoners from HMP Styal and HMP Thorn Cross, Cheshire.
Debbie Dalby, Director of Social Responsibility at the Diocese of Chester, says: “We want people to view the exhibition and leave with a greater sense of empathy and awareness of prisoner experience. There is life beyond prison and we want to celebrate renewal and restoration and the hope of a brighter, more optimistic future.
“By seeing the creativity of prisoners and hearing their stories, people will be able to better understand some of the choices, mistakes and circumstances that they have faced in their lives.”
The Diocese of Chester has been working with prison chaplains from HMS Styal and HMS Thorn Cross who have worked with the prisoners to produce the pieces of art. The exhibits differ in style from large acrylic paintings, abstract landscapes, and self-portraits.
The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, says: “Prisoners are often viewed as “the other” yet they live in our midst, are a part of our communities, and contribute to our societies. The Bible has much to say about the plight of prisoners and the Christian faith recognises that every person is made in the image of God and is valued despite our individual mistakes and regrets. This exhibition allows us the opportunity to understand better the lived experiences of prisoners in Cheshire.”
You can visit the exhibition in St. Michael’s every day during the week of Monday 12th November between the following times:
Mornings: 9.30am to 1.30pm
Evenings: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Also on display will be the Bramhall Remembers 100 poppy installation.