One of my clients very kindly arranged for me to attend the opening of the Koestler Trust Exhibition at Robertson House in Glasgow on Friday evening. Unfortunately, due to funding issues, there is no Scottish exhibition for the Koestler Trust this year. Luckily, The Robertson Trust stepped in and offered Robertson House as a location to exhibit some of the art generated by Scottish prisoners. While the exhibition is not open to the general public, all those with business at Robertson House will be able to view the art on display.
It was great to attend this exclusive viewing. I have taken photographs of, I hope, all of the work on display, which should allow you to experience the fabulous art work.
I had the great pleasure of spending some time chatting with Sally Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the Koestler Trust. Her enthusiasm for her job is infectious. We discussed how Scottish prisoners are unable to directly benefit from the sale of their work, as they do in England. When an English prisoner sells their work, they receive half of the proceeds while the other half goes to victims’ charities. The rules in Scotland do not permit Scottish prisoners to benefit financially from their work and perhaps this is something which the Scottish Justice Minister could look at changing.
I hope you enjoy.
Mr Smith studied Law at the University of Aberdeen and completed his diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde in 2002. Mr Smith trained at a firm in Ayr receiving a broad training in criminal, civil and conveyancing. He moved to Glasgow in 2005 to work for a well-known high street legal aid Firm where he became a Partner.
Mr Smith joined McGreevy & Co., in December 2012 bringing with him to the Firm his knowledge of Criminal Defence, Prison Law and Parole. Mr Smith has a keen interest in the representation of Life Prisoners and all of the issues surrounding their imprisonment. Mr Smith is also a Notary Public.