My Path – Ripon
Art by People in the Criminal Justice System
Prison and Police Museum, Ripon Museum Trust
29 June – 26 September 2021
The Prison and Police Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 1pm – 4pm. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the cost of museum entry. Visit Ripon Museums for bookings.
Following the exhibition, My Path at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield in Spring 2021, a smaller group of artworks has toured to North Yorkshire for a display at Ripon Museums. Contemporary Koestler artworks are displayed in contrast to the museum’s historic setting.
The exhibition showcases artworks from across Yorkshire, which were submitted to the 2020 Koestler Awards for arts in the criminal justice system. Every work was made by someone in a prison, secure hospital, young offender institution, or on probation.
Young people supported by Sheffield Youth Justice Service curated the original version, bringing their insight and imagination to the selection. Staff and volunteers at Ripon Museums then chose the smaller selection that will be on display at the Prison & Police Museum, focusing on themes of nature, journeys and the prison experience.
Many of the artworks from the My Path exhibitions in Sheffield and Ripon are for sale through our online shop, with prices ranging from £40 to £500. The money raised from artwork sales is split between the artist, the charity Victim Support and towards the cost of running the Koestler Awards.
Art in Prison: Creativity and the Criminal Justice System
Thursday 23 September, 7pm, £5
How can art benefit people in the criminal justice system? Join our Arts Manager, Jo Tapp, alongside Susanna Menis (Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck London University) and Neil Dembry (Custodial Manager at HMP & YOI Askham Grange in York) to hear about their experiences of creative projects in prisons and the impact they can have on the people taking part. Part of the Ripon Museums Online series of talks for Autumn 2021.
About the Venue: Ripon Museums
Ripon Museums comprise three historic sites, all within walking distance of each other. As well as the Prison and Police Museum, there is a Courthouse Museum and a Workhouse Museum. Ripon Museums together tell a sorry and interwoven story of Law and Order in time’s past.