Kirsty Locker writes: ‘Oxleas NHS are looking for an artist to work on a project in conjunction with Swaleside prison. At present, we are in the early stages of an idea aimed at helping the men there get a more meaningful sense of their psychological formulations.
We’re aware that many of the men in our services are not terribly comfortable with the written word, and may often prefer material presented in visual formats, such as cartoon strips.
We’re interested in commissioning an artist to work alongside some of our prisoners (some of whom are very good artists), to develop some materials that we can use to help them understand their situations.
The men are suffering with personality difficulties and the concepts we would be interested in depicting would cover a range of areas, including trauma, shame and anxiety.
The work would involve collaborating with myself and a clinical psychologist, to create ideas about what would be depicted and how. With Swaleside being located on the Isle of Sheppey, driving would be essential for this piece of work.
If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss budgets and timescales in more depth.’