5 August 2014
DrugFAM and Stephen Friedman Gallery are pleased to present a moving exhibition of 200 works submitted to a competition by prisoners from across the UK.

Organised by the charity DrugFAM, which supports the families, friends and carers of loved ones suffering from addiction, the competition required entrants to convey the impact that they felt drugs and alcohol had on them and in particular on their family and friends. Through an array of mediums, from prose and poetry, to painting and sculpture, the competition has produced some outstanding and thought provoking works.

The first round of judging was completed in April 2014. At an exclusive evening on Tuesday 5 August, the overall winners will be chosen by an invited panel of judges. Chaired by the well-known cartoonist and sculptor, Annie Tempest, the panel includes Maureen Lipman, Jennie Murray, Sir Anthony Seldon and Nick Hardwick, HM's Inspector of Prisons.

Speaking about the exhibition, Maureen Lipman has said:

‘I am honoured to be involved in judging this unique competition; the impact of addiction on families is often overlooked and misunderstood and it has been very moving to see how offenders have been able to express the devastating impact that drug and alcohol addiction has had on those around them that they love.'

DrugFAM was founded by Elizabeth Burton Philips in 2004 following the death of her son Nicholas Mills from drug addiction. Since then, the charity has supported thousands of families, friends and carers of those suffering with addiction -the silent victims - through their weekly support groups, befriending services, daily telephone and email contact and bereavement support. The charity also undertakes support work in prisons and educational projects in schools across England and Europe.

Elizabeth Burton Philips published the story of how addiction affected her family in a bestselling memoir ‘Mum, can you lend me twenty quid? - What drugs did to my family'. The book, now published in five languages, has been adapted as a highly successful Theatre in Education stage play. It has been performed at 60 venues across the UK in the last two years including a performance to the Home Office Recovery Committee and numerous prisons and communities. Elizabeth's book and charity was selected as one of the top 10 European Action on Drugs stories. She currently sits as a co-option on the ACMD Recovery Committee and the Adfam and Cruse Advisory Board Drug and Alcohol Bereavement Project.

For further information about DrugFAM, please contact:
Elizabeth Burton Philips

For further information about Stephen Friedman Gallery, please contact:
Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street
T. + 44 (0) 20 7494 1434
F. + 44 (0) 20 7494 1431

DrugFAM/The Nicholas Mills Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered Company No: 06414684 (England and Wales). Registered Office: Ropery House 16 - 18 The Cross Wivenhoe Essex CO7 9QN' You can help DrugFAM raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/drugfam10thanniversaryappeal