Inside Art

Inside Art aims to engage young offenders in responding to the National Gallery’s collection, inspiring them to explore their creativity and to develop practical, personal and communication skills.

This programme has been developed in partnership with HMYOI Feltham, a juvenile prison and Young Offenders Institution for young men aged 15-21.

Inside Art projects

Inside Art consists of four practical art projects per year. Projects last one week and take place in Feltham’s Art Academy: a centre providing a wide range of creative and performing arts courses, which aim to encourage rehabilitation and develop communication skills in preparation for release.

Projects are delivered by freelance artists who work for the National Gallery. They use high quality large scale prints of paintings in the collection as an inspiration for discussion and practical activities, focused on a particular theme.

Feedback from participants shows that looking at paintings and creating art helped them to develop knowledge and skills, use their imagination and gain a better understanding of themselves and others. There is a growing body of research to demonstrate that all of these insights can help to reduce the risk of reoffending.

Inside Art is generously funded by The LankellyChase Foundation.