Dilly Arts worked with textile artist Kate Jackson to provide opportunities for women prisoners in HMP YOI Low Newton to design and create their own bespoke family quilts. All women who began the 12-week course completed their own quilts which were sent back home to their children and families. Additionally a group quilt was created and has been entered for consideration in this year’s Koestler Prize.
During the process the women learnt many diverse skills ranging from using maths, to problem solving, working to deadline, working individually and as a team, planning and thinking creatively, in addition to learning to use diverse equipment and machinery. The project has been so successful that Dilly Arts is now supporting Kate Jackson in fundraising to deliver a longer residency where she will be able to help a group of long-term prisoners become sewing mentors to help other prisoners, alongside staff development for officers in the prison in supporting their new sewing room. We will also be supporting the women in selling items they make to generate a funding income back into their sewing room.