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 and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite.

Mr. Mouttet was presenting several copies of the prison's 2015 calendar, Second Time Around, to Mr. Brathwaite. The calendar features 12 paintings and 23 pieces of poetry created by inmates. Some 31 prisoners worked on submissions including one who assisted with the calendar's compilation.

Mr. Mouttet was presenting several copies of the prison’s 2015 calendar, Second Time Around, to Mr. Brathwaite. The calendar features 12 paintings and 23 pieces of poetry created by inmates. Some 31 prisoners worked on submissions including one who assisted with the calendar’s compilation.

Among options discussed included showings and sales in easily-accessible venues as well as displays in ANSA McAL’s head office in Wildey as well as its subsidiaries including Trimart Supermarkets and Brydens Stokes. During the visit, which was also attended by Janet Lewis, prison librarian and calendar coordinator, the Attorney General reiterated that he was in favour of both inmates and the prison, 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, Mr. Mouttet said that 11 of the 12 paintings in the calendar, which showcases a different parish each month, were created by National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) awardees.

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

ANSA McAL (Barbados) has, for two years, sponsored the production and placement of the calendar. Mr. Mouttet said that over Christmas some 6,000 copies were distributed to families and friends of inmates as well as through Trimart Supermarkets to customers and members of the public.

The calendar is part of the prison's Second Chance initiative which aims to educate society on its rehabilitative efforts. Ms. 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.

The calendar is part of the prison’s Second Chance initiative which aims to educate society on its rehabilitative efforts. Ms. 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.

ANSA McAL (Barbados) has an ongoing relationship with the prison. This has seen it contributing computers, television and a DVD player for educational use in the prison’s rehabilitation programme through its subsidiaries – Consolidated Finance Company and Standard Distribution & Sales (B’dos) Ltd.

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