School of Law unveils artwork to commemorate the Representation of the People Act 1918

The piece, 12 Days of Christmas – winner of HM Prison & YOI Low Newton’s Silver Award for Song Writing 2017, is part of the ‘100 Years On’ Art Trail produced by women in prison.

Organised by the Koestler Trust, the UK’s leading prison arts charity, the simple but powerful idea is to exhibit 100 framed paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems by women in prison in important venues and public buildings throughout the UK.

The idea behind the trail, which takes place in a 100 venues across the UK, is to shine a light on women in prison a century on from the 1918 Representation of the People Act which came after a campaign where many suffragettes were imprisoned.

Dame Anne Owers, Chair of the Koestler Trust said: “I am really pleased that we are able to launch this unique art trail, 100 years after the first women were able to vote. Many of those who campaigned for women’s suffrage themselves experienced prison, and so it’s appropriate that the art trail showcases the achievements of women now in prison”.

Find out more about the trail