In 2022 we worked with four groups of men on four residential wings at HMP The Mount to create site-specific murals. A mural is a wall painting that reflects the community in a given space and responds to the building's shape and architecture.
Often walls in secure settings can be bland and sterile. This project has improved the environment for both residents and staff on four wings and at the gym. We're passionate about co-creation in secure settings; the work is more inspiring if it is representative of and owned by the men who live there.
The men on Fowler wing created "Walk to the Sound of Your Own Beat" focused on all of us being on our own journey through life and the importance of being and keeping creative through art, words and music. The men on Ellis wanted to create a vibrant, imaginary world they could journey into; they also wanted to reflect all the different heritage and culture on the wing which was reflected in 24 national flowers that represent all the different nationalities. The men on Dixon painted an abstract design that brightened up the space and included some beautiful pattern work and the men on Howard created a lush, tropical rainforest. The gym entrance hall was transformed into a calming mountain landscape.
Whilst doing this project we've uncovered a wealth of creative talent from screenwriters and poets to artists and sculptors and we're exploring how we can continue to support creativity being celebrated and shared at The Mount - as well as painting more walls of course!
Thanks to all the men and staff who took part in and supported this project.
This project is funded by HMP The Mount.