This award winning partnership helps undergraduate students take part in placement projects based in the HMP Edinburgh education department. The students work alongside prison education staff to give prisoners one-to-on tuition in basic literacy, English language and expression through creative writing, photography and film making.
Through our partnership with HMP & YOI Polmont and Fife College this creative photography project has given an insight into what life is like within Scotland’s national facility for male young offenders.
The project saw a group of six male learners within the establishment’s Fife College led learning centre work with students from Edinburgh Napier to produce a film and series of photographs that touch on their reflections of their time within the establishment so far.
Through a series of sessions with BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Television students, the learners spent time developing a range of photographic and film-making techniques and collated their efforts into a short film and photography exhibition. The creative results then went on display at a celebration event which gave learners and their families the chance to celebrate their academic and personal achievements.
The film featured several learners talking about adjusting to life in prison and offered an introduction on the learning opportunities within the establishment. The photography was based on the theme of possessions featuring images of objects with personal significance to the learners.
After being encouraged to think about objects that were important to them, the learners were taught how to photograph using a range of camera techniques shown to them by the participating students. Photographs ranged from poignant images of rosary beads, CDs and other items of importance.
The project was facilitated in the establishment’s Fife College Learning Centre which is part of the Offender Outcomes area which provided a number of natural creative learning opportunities for the project. It was facilitated by staff from Fife College and supported by Mary-Ann Kennedy, photography lecturer and Kirsten Macleod, film and TV lecturer, both of Edinburgh Napier.