Made Corrections – is a cross – cultural, trans – media exchange between those in need and experienced, practicing artists who seek to use their talents for positive change.
2012 – Artists Dean Stalham and David Ellis were invited by The British and Lithuanian Governments to visit The Kaunas Youth Correctional and Interrogation Facility to help gauge the impact, if any, art has had on its youth offenders. as it has done on their counterparts here in the UK. The answer ‘no’.
Then the answer ‘yes’ to a simple question ‘can we return to decorate the inside walls of this facility?’ presented us with an amazing opportunity to prove that art can overcome great adversity, marginalization and social exclusion in one fell swoop.
2013 – With our new team member, urban and street art specialist Olly Walker we formulated the best way forward for this most unusual of canvases’.
Take in all of the elements, consolidate our contacts, combine our expertise and bring the potential of this life changing project to fruition.
On our return to the facility we took with us one of Lithuania’s most highly regarded photographers, Donatas Stankevicius, who asked 180 boys, aged from 14 to 18, ‘who would like their portrait taken?’ Out of the 180, 39 agreed. We took four photographs of each boy and asked them individually to choose their own image, the one that they would like to best represent them to the world.On our return to London these images were dispatched to New York, to the world renowned artist JR and his global “Inside Out” project, they returned them to us as AO size posters. the same as those exhibited recently in London, Paris and New York. Our 39 boys, in all their poster sized glory were exhibited at The London West Bank Gallery, lauded and feted as ‘Urban art in its rawest form’.
2014 – Made Corrections returned in April to paste two sets of these posters. The first set will be on an outside wall in Kaunas to raise debate and interest in ‘who these young men are?’ and ‘Why are they on our walls?’ The second set will be pasted on the inside walls of the facility in the hope that our message “with art comes opportunity” will be realised.
We sincerely hope the boys, not only the 39 who participated, but the rest of the facility’s population too, will be inspired to do better, not only for themselves but for their families and to have a better sense of wellbeing because of it.
If we change one life, then the outcome of this project will be monumental.