The artist Anne-Mie Van Kerchoven was asked to choose a series of masterpieces from the history of mankind. The new didactic tool was named the artpad. It suits those already familiar with art as well as those who aren’t familiar with it yet. This big book with removable pages can also be used as easel.

The project Art Story which introduces the new tool started in October 2011 in the female prison of Sequedin (Lille). In 2012-2013 a collaboration was possible with Les Ecrivains Publics asbl in the prison of Tournai. Next to astonishing examples of prose and poetry, this collaboration resulted in strong expression of visual arts.

During the year 2014, the artsit Baudouin Oosterllynck, the slam artist Seckou Ouologuem and the conceptual artist Zachary Sussskind organize workshops in the prison of Andenne.

An international group of specialists has evaluated both the artpad and a series of tests in different prisons. This way the artpad is now a very complete instrument which may facilitate the process of rehabilitation for those who use it in their art classes. The organization aims to promote the new instrument and put it into practice in houses of detention and legal medicine, both in Belgium and in foreign countries (versions in Dutch, French and English)

This project was the topic of an exhibition entitled To Dream beyond Walls organized at the Catholic University of Louvain in May 2013. From November 2014 to March 2015, the artpadiens, named for the users of the ArtPad three consecutive exhibitions held in a hall of the Museum Dhont-Dhaenens in Deurle, as curators and creators of works (see museumdd Past exhibitions: The Still House Group).

Starting on November 23 2014 the artpadians, so-called users of the artpad, set up three consecutive exhibitions in a room of the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle as curators and creators.

Artpad bookcover. One of the exapmples realised by artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven for Amel, Melina and the others. Laurent interprets F. Rops. Laurent interprets the prehistoric Venus.

Remarks by André, prisoner in Andenne.

Remarks by Dominique prisoner in Doornik.
pilot project sponsored by Atoma