Tyne & Wear

Thousands visit prison art exhibition in Gateshead

Double Bowie by Northgate Hospital patient
Image caption Double Bowie from Northgate Hospital
Acrylic by HMP Frankland
Image caption Acrylic from HMP Frankland
Age of steam, by HMP Durham prisoner
Image caption Age of Steam from Durham Prison

More than 15,000 people visited an exhibition by artists in prisons, secure hospitals and children's homes, organisers have said.

About 100 exhibits were on show at Gateshead's BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the town's central library from October until December.

They were part of a project by the Koestler Trust, which promotes art in the criminal justice system.

It said the event, called Reflections, had been a "tremendous success".

The exhibition was curated by teenagers from Gateshead Behaviour Support Service.

Works included drawings and paintings from Durham Prison, HMP Northumberland at Morpeth, Frankland Prison and Low Newton Prison and Young Offenders Institution in Durham, Northgate Hospital in Morpeth, and St Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth.

Ilaria Longhi, community programmer at BALTIC, said: "The young curators have worked so hard and learned new skills.

"They should be very proud of their achievements and the success of the exhibition and I hope that the skills will support them to embark new future projects and new learning opportunities."

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