7-9th MAY 2022
STUDIO 5

THE DEPARTMENT – BONDED WAREHOUSE
18 LOWER BYROM STREET M3 4AP

Someone’s Daughter is a collection of portraits of women who have been affected by the criminal justice system as well as advocates for its reform, taken by internationally respected photographers. It is a campaign by The View Magazine, a grass roots social enterprise and creative, feminist, human rights platform. It was selected by British photographer Peter Dench and creative producer Sharon Price for the Photo North Festival 2022, the themes of which are IDENTITY, HOPE & FAITH. Photo North is committed to supporting those who are marginalised, powerless and discriminated against.

On Sunday 8 May 2022 at 2pm, The View will host a panel discussion with portrait subjects from the Someone’s Daughter Campaign, a high profile journalist and leading human rights firm Hadfield-Grainger & McNally. SEUK members can get free tickets – contact admin@theviewmag.org.uk for more info.

The title Someone’s Daughter is a tribute to all women. Women must be treated with respect, dignity and compassion, and have equal chances to succeed in life, whether they have previously been incarcerated or not. Many of the prison leavers in these compelling photographs have experienced trauma, mental health issues and challenging life conditions. They were misunderstood, lacked support and made bad life choices, yet they are resilient and brave.

Photographing women who have been stigmatised by the law, the courts, and the media in the administration of injustice, makes their stories and lived experiences visible and accessible. This exhibition inspires us to put ourselves in their shoes.

Dench and Price said, “We chose Someone’s Daughter for the festival as it engages debate, raises awareness, starts and progresses important questions about the justice system and beyond. Overall, we admired that the portraits are natural and relaxed, avoiding preconception and stamping the sitter with photographic technique. Their faces deliver an unreported perspective an audience may not ordinarily witness. Someone’s Daughter is a necessary project driven by women of conviction that we wanted to share.”

The 17 images chosen for Photo North 2022 include former prisoners, now activists, who are using their lived experiences of prison to demand change: Sue Wheatcroft (by Jennie Baptiste), Emily Duffy (by Nadav Kander) and Samantha Prescott (by Kristina Varaksina). They sit beside establishment figures who are also speaking out about injustices within the system. These gamechangers within the fields of politics, law and justice activism are Rt Rev Rachel Treweek Bishop of Gloucester and Anglican Chaplain for Prisons (by David O’ Driscoll); Baroness Brenda Hale former Supreme Court Justice (by Craig Easton); Jen Reid Black Lives Matter activist (by Leia Morrison); Ivana Bacik Irish Labour Party Leader (by Conor Horgan), and Lady Edwina Grosvenor prison philanthropist (by Hannah Starkey). The intent is to show that every woman is equal.

THE BOOK – THE STATE OF JUSTICE 

The View Magazine is fundraising to publish The Book – The State of Justice to accompany Someone’s Daughter. The Book has been compiled, but donations are needed for it to be printed and distributed. The photographs in Someone’s Daughter are accompanied by written pieces by Helena Kennedy QC, Baroness Brenda Hale, Rachel Ara, Amelia Troubridge, Caitlin Davies, Carol-Allen Storey, Jennie Baptiste, Jen Reid and women with lived experiences in the criminal justice system.

Our mission is to send a copy of The Book to every sitting MP in Westminster so they can see and understand the effects of mass incarceration of women who present no risk to themselves or to society. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and millions of words have been written about penal reform for women, yet little change is evidenced. 

Your donations will help us get these portraits into the heart of our democracy to change the way people see and experience justice. The Book will be a cultural artifact, a campaigning tool and a memory capsule that tells the stories of the women involved in the exhibition, through their own words and the lenses of some of the world’s leading photographers. It presents the reality of the state of our justice system at an important time in England’s history, as the reverberations of Brexit are felt and as the country crawls back from a crippling pandemic. 

PLEASE DONATE

Contributions will enable The View to print The Book and send it to each of the 650 sitting MPs in the UK to show them how they can help activate changes in society that will benefit us all. The View also wants to send The Book to every prison library. Those who donate £20 or more can specify which MP or prison they would like The Book to be sent to by emailing admin@theviewmagazine.org

ARTWORKS FOR SALE

The Someone’s Daughter exhibition at Photo North includes a selection of artworks for sale. They have been created by women with lived experience of the justice system. The exhibition speaks to truth, honesty, and power, at the same time as being vulnerable. As well as providing necessary diversion and emotional escape, art provides the women with an outlet to express themselves and to re-establish their sense of identity. The art explores themes such as identity, psychology and the roles played by women within society.

ABOUT THE VIEW

The View is a social enterprise and campaigning platform by and for women in the criminal  justice system. It publishes a quarterly print magazine platforming the talents and experiences of our women. This provides an outlet for creativity and resistance, using art, words and hope.  The View Magazine is a registered social enterprise in England and Wales and a company limited by guarantee – company number 12550365 www.theviewmag.org.uk 

The View is seeking better funded community diversion services and mental health support. They have petitioned the UN about the way women in English prisons were treated at the beginning of the pandemic and to bring strategic litigation cases where  successful outcomes may influence policy.  

Funds raised through the exhibition will support The View’s incredibly important ongoing work: 

  • Trials into the evaluation of alternatives to custody as an effective way of reducing reoffending. 
  • A digital app to help people navigate the criminal justice system, from writing letters of complaint to digital copies of all policy and prison instruction documents, with a digital edition of the latest and back editions of the print magazine, our reports and publications. 
  • The consistent championing of the involvement of people with lived experience in research, design and delivery of alternatives to custody and policy that takes into account women’s diverse needs and gender differences – helping to potentially deliver better community sentences, as well as ensuring that they are relevant and deliverable.  
  • Funding pioneering research into the experiences of women from minority communities and developing bespoke training for the judiciary, police and court staff to promote understanding of intergenerational trauma, race and cultural bias. 
  • Supporting and amplifying good practice in women’s centres and non-carceral solutions.

Baroness Brenda Hale, former Supreme Court Judge and author of the Children’s Act comments: 

“When I was in the Court of Appeal, we held that the human rights of children had to be taken into account in sentencing their parents. But does that happen? I congratulate The View for giving these women a voice – helping us all to understand them and what  has happened to them and how the system could do better by them if only the will were there.”  

The View makes space for women’s creativity and allows them to redefine how they are seen and take power over their identities. With high profile art events supported by leading artists such as Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, Conrad Shawcross, Fiona Graham Mackay, Nasser Azam, Bob and Roberta Smith and others, the dynamic editorial team behind the original View Magazine at HMP Downview has established itself as a critical and commercial success, securing plaudits from a host of international media including SKY News, BBC News, The Independent, Huffington Post, The Times – as well as raising significant funds for the ongoing work of The  View. The three women who deliver The View are all former prisoners.