The Insider Art II exhibition features art works by youths in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town. The exhibition is the culmination of a skills development programme run by Young in Prison (YiP) South Africa.
YiP encourages participants between the ages of 14 and 21 to express themselves creatively through a range of mediums, including poetry, drama, music, craft, writing and drawing. The project takes a holistic approach to positive mentoring and giving the young inmates a voice.
The rehabilitation programme uses art, culture and sport as a vehicle to encourage individual development, and to help these youth make positive life changes to become contributing members of society upon their release. A part of the programme also focuses on skills for reintegration into normal community life.
The exhibition runs until 1 June 2010 at Word of Art. It also coincides with the launch of the third issue of Inside Out, a quarterly magazine that compiles the creative work of the young inmates.