Thamesmead prisoners sentenced to art awards victories

PUBLISHED: 09:30 09 October 2013

Young inmates at a Thamesmead prison picked up 13 prizes at a national art awards ceremony.

The youngsters from Isis Prison and Young Offenders Institute, in Western Way, were successful in the Koestler Awards for offenders, secure patients and detainees.

They were chosen from more than 7,000 entrants and winners received cash prizes of up to £100.

The Category C is prison is for people under the age of 25.

Isis education officer Paul Marriott said: “We have been open three years and each year we have attempted to inspire our learners to create and use the media available to them to focus their skills and talents.

“For these young men, having this as a motivational tool gives them and staff here the inspiration to think positive, support and work hard to see more achieve and more awards won.”

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