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ARTS IN PRISONS: A SOAP OPERA

Saturday 19 October: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Institute of Criminology, Lower Ground Common Room, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

After a difficult childhood on an estate in the North East, Lee first became homeless at the age of 14. He hit rock bottom in 2006 at 17 when he ended up in a young offenders institution. But this is also when he began to engage with the arts and turn his life around. He submitted a drawing to the 2009 Koestler Arts annual award scheme and the piece was selected for a Koestler exhibition at the Southbank Centre.
Soon after his release, Lee enrolled on a BA Fine Art course at the University of Sunderland. In 2016, he continued his studies at the Royal Drawing School at post-graduate level. He was awarded the Chairman’s Prize, and one of his drawings was selected to join the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Since graduating, Lee has exhibited at Christie’s, the Royal Academy, and showed a series of works in Belgium.
He recently produced a book expressing some of his own memories of isolation, which was launched at the 17th annual Longford Lecture, presented by Jon Snow. This summer Lee featured in a Radio 4 production, speaking of how engaging with the arts has brought change to his life. www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/26/sketches-stories-of-art-and-p...
Lee has worked in the Arts Programme Team for Koestler Arts for the past 4 years, responding to artists and assisting the production of exhibitions and events. He curated an exhibition of works made by alumni of the Koestler Mentoring Programme - on display until September 2019 at the House of St Barnabas.

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Age: 16+, Hands-on, Drop in, Donations welcome, proceeds to support Arts in Prison project, Drawing Connections ...at the edge 2019

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