Hayley is an Art and Design teacher – find out what she thinks to working in a prison environment
Hayley has been an Art and Design teacher at HMP Albany for 11 years.
“I teach Art & Design and I am also the Programme Manager at HMP Albany. I work closely with the managers and a dedicated team of inspiring tutors to give learners a positive educational experience. By working together, we achieve great results for the learners.
“I have worked here for 11 years and my previous jobs were as a menswear designer and I also ran an independent arts company working with some challenging members of the community.
“Art is a subject that brings learners through the door and gives them the confidence to progress onto other educational courses. No matter how quiet, angry or challenging learners are, I always strive to get the best out of them and art is a brilliant motivator. Having a learner through the door who has never had any qualifications unlock a hidden talent is the best reward for me.
“Apart from the qualifications my learners gain I like to give them further opportunities and I am passionate about the annual Koestler Awards. For me this is so positive; they can enter a national competition, win awards, sell work, have the chance of exhibiting at a national exhibition, and receive judge’s feedback and public acknowledgment of their work. I have also organised art exhibitions in the local community and was able to present the prisoners work to HRH Prince Edward.”