The exciting new installation Inside Out is a chance to witness the creativity and potential of men and women currently serving time in Wandsworth and Holloway prisons. Working alongside ex-offenders and some of Southbank Centre's Emerging Artists in Residence (EAR), leading prison arts organisation Music in Prisons has brought together a powerful collection of music and images that tell the stories of rarely heard members of our community.
Over four 5-day projects, Music in Prisons' team of three professional musicians and a photographer have been working with groups of around ten prisoners in creative music-making and photography, each leading to a performance for other prisoners, staff and guests. The music and photography created in the four prison projects is presented in this installation, enabling Southbank Centre's visitors to engage with the positive work of prisoners, challenging any negative pre-conceptions and, in the long run, better enabling re-integration when prisoners are released back into the community.
Emerging Artists in Residence Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Ping Lee, Camilo Tirado and Yemisi Blake have been involved in the project.