More avenues to be created for inmates’ artwork

The creation of more avenues to display and sell artwork created by inmates at HMP (Her Majesty’s Prison) Dodds was discussed recently when President and CEO of ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. Nicholas Mouttet met with Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.

They included showings and sales in easily accessible venues, as well as displays in ANSA McAL’s head office in Wildey and its subsidiaries including Trimart Supermarkets and Brydens Stokes.

The options were discussed as Mouttet presented several copies of the prison’s 2015 calendar, Second Time Around, to the Attorney General.

From left, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, calendar coordinator; Nicholas Mouttet, president of ANSA McAL and Janet Lewis, prison librarian discuss options to create greater visibility and sale of inmates’ artwork.
From left, Janet Lewis, prison librarian and calendar coordinator; Nicholas Mouttet, president of ANSA McAL and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite discuss options to create greater visibility and sale of inmates’ artwork.

The calendar features 12 paintings and 23 pieces of poetry created by inmates. Thirty-one prisoners worked on submissions, including one who assisted with the calendar’s compilation.

During the visit, which was also attended by Janet Lewis, prison librarian and calendar coordinator, Brathwiate reiterated that he was in favour of inmates and the prison itself, which provides the opportunity for the inmates to learn their craft, benefiting from the display and sale of their artwork.

In speaking of the quality of the work by inmates, Mouttet said that 11 of the 12 paintings in the calendar, which showcase a different parish each month, were created by National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) awardees.

The artwork in the 2015 calendar features the work of 11 NIFCA awardees and depicts a different geographical location for each month. In this painting Bridgetown is showcased.
The artwork in the 2015 calendar features the work of 11 NIFCA awardees and depicts a different geographical location for each month. In this painting Bridgetown is showcased.

ANSA McAL (Barbados) has, for two years, sponsored the production and placement of the calendar that is part of the prison’s Second Chance initiative, which aims to educate society on its rehabilitative efforts.

Lewis was excited to announce that a special calendar for 2016 was being planned to coincide with Barbados’ 50th year of Independence and that work on the pieces of art and prose to be included had already begun.

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