Touching images developed by participants under the guidance of Edinburgh Napier students
Lindsay Morgan, Edinburgh Napier’s School of Arts and Creative Industries’ placement co-ordinator, said: “We’ve been working with the Scottish Prison Service and its education provider, Fife College, for over three years delivering peer-to-peer creative learning projects in photography and film. This model creates an environment where our students develop pedagogical and project management skills whilst enhancing their creative practice. The outcomes produced by learners at HMP Polmont continue to impress and inspire year after year having gained recognition from the Herald Higher Education Awards and Koestler Arts.
“The whole team who works hard on this collaboration should feel very proud, in particular the students who led the project and the participants.”
Zaria Sleith, Fife College tutor and former Edinburgh Napier student, said: “Before I commenced my placement as an Edinburgh Napier student I would not have said this would lead to working for Fife College at HMP YOI Polmont as a tutor. Having completed the placement process myself, I enjoy sharing my experience with the new projects and students. The work produced by both the students and learners has been fantastic and I am very proud to continue to be part of the project.”
Neil McGaw, Learning Centre team leader, said: “The most recent photography project has been a success with inspiring images being produced. It is great to see the progress of both the learners at Polmont and the students from Edinburgh Napier as the project progressed. This time, the themes covered allowed the learners to have a comfortable and positive outlet to express themselves – a success all round.”
Previous projects include TV and photography students working with a group of six male learners who produced a film and series of photographs that reflected on their time within the establishment.
Programme leader for BA (Hons) Film at Edinburgh Napier, Paul Gray, also worked with four females who had previously served sentences at HMP & YOI Polmont to bring their stories to life in a powerful short film.
‘On the Outside’ sees four actors recreate the stories of the four women as the characters complete a car journey through Edinburgh. Throughout the journey, they reflect on past life choices and look ahead to the future.
More information on the University’s partnership with Scottish Prison Service and Fife College can be found here.