Friday 06 June 2014
The exhibition was on display at the Senedd and aims to highlight the work carried out as part of a collaborative project between Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service and Parc Prison, run by G4S Care and Justice Services
The project aims to assist with the rehabilitation of young people within the prison system by introducing them to archaeology, discussing artefacts and the meaning behind them in order to explore themes of identity and communities.
The young people involved were tasked with interpreting Welsh heritage through graffiti art, using archaeological artefacts as a starting point for inspiration. Archaeology and painting workshops offered participants an opportunity to explore the concept of heritage and its relevance to modern society, and a professional graffiti artist worked with the group to creatively express their stories in vibrant graffiti displays.
John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: ‘This project aims to represent the homes and communities of the young people involved, using graffiti art to increase their appreciation of their local heritage and to highlight the things that make their communities special to them.
‘The exhibition also showcases some of the technical and transferable skills developed as part of the project, which will hopefully benefit the future career prospects of the participants.’
Laurence Bater, Creative Arts Curriculum Manager from Parc Prison/G4S added: “The philosophy of Parc Prison is to rehabilitate offenders and equip them to re-integrate into mainstream society on release, and this project is a great way for the participants to gain valuable skills, whilst at the same time providing an opportunity to participate in a fun and engaging activity and learn about Welsh heritage.”
The heritage graffiti project was initially piloted as part of Welsh Government’s ‘Changing Cultures’ initiative in March 2013. The aims and objectives of ‘Changing Cultures’ address the provision of life chances and opportunities for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in stimulating and educational activities. These activities seek to create positive benefits for children through accessing cultural experiences.