We commissioned five contemporary artists to produce a project for each prison exploring distinctive themes and media.

HMP Barlinnie
Artist Kevin Reid explored narrative and character formation with short-term prisoners to produce a graphic novel.

HMP Shotts
Film-maker Lou McLoughlan, with the National Galleries' Senior Outreach Officer Robin Baillie, explored historical and contemporary portraits with long-term prisoners as a means to inspire their own portraits. The creative focus was on figurative drawing and painting as a means of personal understanding and development.

HMP Polmont
Artist Fraser Gray, with the National Galleries' Outreach Officer Richie Cumming, investigated contemporary graphic styles with the young inmates to develop life-size characters intended to carry the hopes of their creators.

HMP Greenock
Photographer Craig MacLean lead a group of women in an exploration of identity through costume and make-up, with reference to the work of Cindy Sherman.

HMP Open Estate (Castle Huntly)
Photographer Fin Macrae provided pinhole cameras to participants to chart their journey from prison to the outside world.