29th November 2008 to 24th January 2009
Our criminal justice system spends millions on institutions designed to both protect the public from juvenile crime. They claim to either reform or prepare these young people for the outside world one way or another.
Phil Dixon has spent many years working in a Young Person’s Secure Facility. This exhibition is his visual statement about the residents’ experience there. His work explores the impact of institutionalisation and the effects upon young people’s lives. It addresses how both the vulnerable and perpetrators of anti-social and criminally orientated lifestyles co-exist.