Extraordinary, but for reasons many assume offenders and convicts are not creative.
That at least was the reception I got when I made a film on this in the 90s.
I can't show this film because the inmates serving life sentences at the time may by now be out of prison and I did not have them sign any release forms. News rarely does.
And the Net was barely crowning.
But at the South Bank is an exhibition to inmate art, featuring a range of extraordinary pieces.
I asked if I could take photographs and the security warden said it was OK.
I merrily set about taking pictures down stairs only to be told by a curator I couldn't.
Fair enough I thought.
However it did occur to me that as a policy, someone higher up in the organisation that's behind this should allow for photographs, [ attributing the artists] if that is they want to you to see it or encourage you to go.
p.s the pics were taken with the Cannon HD CMOS