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Gallery partnering with MK College on Offender Learning Exhibition


MK Gallery and MK College have announced that they are working in partnership to deliver Transformation, an MK College Offender Learning exhibition, taking place at MK Gallery Project Space in April 2015.  The month-long exhibition will showcase the creative talent of prison offenders in the Milton Keynes region and further afield, in connection with MK College’s Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) provision. 


MK College has been successfully delivering Offender Learning for over twenty years through its OLASS provision, and is currently one of the largest providers of the service in England. They serve thirty prisons nationally, including Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes, providing a wide range of educational programmes as well as an Employment Academy, supporting people with convictions into work placement. In addition to the extensive educational programmes run in these prisons, more creative options such as arts, crafts & design, form a major part of a prisoner’s rehabilitation, revealing some amazing hidden talents amongst prisoners.


Visitors to Transformation will be able to see artwork made by offenders from HMP Woodhill and other regional prisons. Each exhibit will tell the story of how the object went from raw material to finished piece, but more importantly, it will show the benefits of engaging with an art programme and how being creative has helped those prisoners change their lives.  


Maxine Bennett, Innovation & Development Manager of MK College OLASS said “It’s great that we have the opportunity to showcase this talent in Milton Keynes. We aim to show not only the amazing and wide ranging skills of prisoners but also to demonstrate the positive influence that art in education has on their lives through the MK College offender learning scheme.” 


Victoria Mayes, MK Gallery’s Informal Learning Manager added, “We were delighted to support MK College’s recent project launch. This is an exciting opportunity for all concerned and we anticipate that the exhibition will be just the start of a longer term and meaningful partnership.”