a Burnbake Trust Prison Art Project



The Burnbake Trust Prison Art Project

The Burnbake Trust is a charity based in Wilton, Salisbury. It was founded by the late Jean Davis in 1968 to help offenders and ex-offenders keep out of the penal system by introducing them to the arts. The Trust was registered as a charity in 1975 and now, in addition to the work it does with offenders, has diversified and helps disadvantaged local people by supplying them with low-cost furniture and household goods donated by the public.

Prison Art Project

The Burnbake Trust Prison Art Project is committed to aiding rehabilitation of offenders through active participation in the arts, as a means of self-expression, and a valuable interest.

How We Operate

The Trust supplies a small grant for art materials to offenders who register with us by post. These materials are supplied for cell recreation, or as part of an educational programme. The individuals are invited to submit finished work that is exhibited, and in most cases, sold for them. When a painting is sold, any surplus money after deduction of expenses is credited to the artist, enabling them to purchase more art materials to sustain their own work. This step we feel is crucial in building confidence and developing a sense of self worth, which are important steps in the artistís eventual rehabilitation.

The Prison Art Project is a much needed support unit for many people in prison and, for those who have left. It provides a channel for their artistic talent and explore sides of themselves that they never knew existed or had previously been unable to reach.

How we are funded

We receive no Government funding and are responsible for our own fundraising. We run a tight budget and keep our overheads to a minimum. Fundraising for any charity is never easy and ours is a less glamorous cause than many others. Fortunately there are people who firmly believe in the real worth of the project and through their generous support we are able to continue from one year to another.