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Offenders inspired to brush up on art by museum exhibit

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An exhibition at a Preston museum has inspired offenders from the Lancashire Probation Trust to help design the centrepiece for a brand new project.

The group involved with the project gained inspiration from The Museum of Lancashire’s Law and Order exhibition to help helped design and produce a large cube created by world-renowned graffiti and mural artist, Mohammed Ali.

And as part of the Cubizm project, the participants were able to reflect on positive learning from their experiences in prison including memories of their time endured in cells and the beauty of landscapes outside which served as a clear reminder of the life they have chosen to leave behind.

These experiences are reflected in smaller cubes that are set to tour venues across the county.

Mohammed Ali describes his experience in this project: “I have witnessed how art has been a source of channelling the positive energy that exists within these ex-offenders.

“They have spent many years behind bars and it’s been a powerful experience for me to work with them and see a positive effect and transformation take place over just three days.

“I honestly believe art has the power to transform society for the better and we must look to alternative ways to dealing with society’s problems.”

The impressive cube will now on display outside the museum on Stanley Street until August 14.

Phil O’Donnell, Assistant Chief Executive of Lancashire Probation Trust added: “The individuals on this project not only created an eye-catching piece of art but have felt the benefit of working to enhance their community rather than feeling alienated from it.”

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