A SCHEME which sees the artworks of inmates at Feltham Young Offenders Institution go on display in the National Gallery has run out of funding.
Inside Art, an outreach programme from the famous gallery, is funded from 2009 to 2011.
The projects will run from April to September this year, culminating in a final display of artworks in Spring 2012.
But as the current funding runs out, the future of the scheme which has been running since 2009, is uncertain.
The National Gallery said it is "committed to developing new partnerships and collaborations in order to build on the success of Inside Art."
The gallery said it hopes to be able to continue to engage with the criminal justice sector and is seeking new sponsors.
The collaboration with the Young Offenders Institution was started after a similar, successful three year partnership with HMP Bullwood Hall, Essex, from 2003 to 2006.
Both projects were funded by The LankellyChase Foundation, a charity which focuses on improving the lives of the most disadvantaged people.
The young men in Feltham, aged 15–21, have been offered four week long practical art projects per year, linked to Unit 5, the prison’s on-site art academy. The aim of the projects are to provide creative and performing arts courses designed to develop communication skills and support rehabilitation in preparation for release.
National Gallery freelance artists and staff delivered the projects with support from teachers based at Feltham.
Over the years, participants have experimented with a wide range of practical techniques, including sculpture, drawing, painting, collage and print-making, using specialist art materials.
48 pieces created by Feltham inmates are currently on display.
One of the inmates from this year's scheme said he "enjoyed the sense of achievement", the project brought.
Another said: "The most important thing I got out of this project was seeing things come together and actually achieving something".
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