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An art trail by Women in Prison

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To commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage, the Koestler Trust has produced an art trail of Koestler Award-winning artworks by today’s women prisoners.

100 YEARS ON

To commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage, the Koestler Trust has produced an art trail of Koestler Award-winning artworks by today’s women prisoners.

The idea is simple but powerful: to exhibit 100 framed paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems by women in prison in important venues and public buildings throughout the UK. The trail will shine a light on women in prison 100 years on from the 1918 Representation of the People Act which was preceded by a suffragette campaign which led to the imprisonment of many of its supporters.

The Koestler Trust is thrilled that such a wide range of venues will be participating in the art trail from the worlds of the arts and criminal justice. The venues represent the many different spaces which touch the lives of women in prison today and touched those of the suffragettes 100 years ago. Participating venues include:

  • Old Bailey, London – where suffragettes and women today have faced trial
  • St George’s Hall, Liverpool – the site of the first suffragette protest
  • Houses of Parliament, London – offices of members of the Justice Committee, Baroness Corston and Lord Ramsbotham
  • New Scotland Yard, London, as well as police commissioners and police stations 
  • The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester – birthplace of the Suffragette movement and now a women’s community centre
  • Emily Wilding Davison Library, Royal Holloway University, Surrey – named after one of Britain’s most famous suffragettes, and Royal Holloway alumna, Emily Wilding Davison
  • Headquarters of the prison services in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • All the UK women’s prisons

Participating venues, which will each display one framed artwork either in private or public spaces, include institutions, policy-makers, educators and support networks which touch the lives of women in prison. Among these are police stations, courts, prisons, women’s centres and approved premises – as well as arts and public spaces which will publicly show the talent of women in prison and raise awareness of the challenges they face.

All the artworks will be displayed from International Women’s Day on 8th March. You can already see online reproductions on this page of the Koestler Trust website.

Please see the bottom of this post for all the participating venues, the Symbol A means that the venue is open to the public, B that the venue is private.

Being able to keep in touch with my creative self has been paramount it is my first time in prison. Art enables me to talk in pictures allowing my feelings to flow and keep my sanity manageable.

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The 100 Venues

EAST

Radzinowicz Library, University of Cambridge B
UEA Law School, University of East Anglia B
Snape Maltings A

LONDON

City Hall A
Southbank Centre A
Koestler Trust Headquarters A
Guardian News and Media, Head Office B
Camden Town Hall A
Baroness Corston, House of Lords B
Baron Ramsbotham, House of Lords B
Ruth Cadbury MP, House of Commons B
Ellie Reeves MP, Constituency Office B
Bob Neill MP, House of Commons B
Richard Burgon MP, House of Commons B
HM Prison and Probation Service, HQ B
Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey B
National Police Chiefs’ Council B
Supreme Court A
Royal Courts of Justice A
Parole Board, Head Office B
New Scotland Yard B
Telegraph Media Group, Head Office B

MIDLANDS

Anawim Women’s Centre B
Birmingham Crown Court A
HM Prison Styal B
High Sheriff of Derbyshire B
National Justice Museum A
Nottingham Crown Court A
HM Prison Peterborough A
HM Prison & YOI Drake Hall A

 

NORTHERN IRELAND

Prison Arts Foundation B
Northern Ireland Prison Service Headquarters B
HM Prison Ash House B

SOUTH

Guildford Crown Court A
Winchester Combined Court Centre A
Salisbury Law Courts A
Emily Wilding Davison Building, Royal Holloway University of London B
Dr Phillip Lee MP, Constituency Office A
Victoria Prentis MP, Constituency Office A
HM Prison Downview B
HM Prison Send B
HM Prison Bronzefield B
HM Prison & YOI East Sutton Park B

NORTH EAST

School of Law, University of Leeds A
Durham Constabulary Headquarters B
Leeds Combined Court A
Newcastle City Centre Police Station A
Dame Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria (PCC) Office B
Bedlington Police Station A
Etal Lane Police Station A
Middle Engine Lane Police Station A
South Shields Police Station A
Nepacs B
HM Prison & YOI Low Newton B
HM Prison Askham Grange Visitor Centre A

 

 

NORTH WEST

University of Liverpool A
School of Law, University of Manchester B
Carlisle Crown Court A
St George’s Hall, Liverpool A
Liverpool Crown and Magistrates Court A
Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square A
The Pankhurst Centre A
Edith Rigby House B
HM Prison New Hall B

SCOTLAND

Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research B
Scottish Prison Service Headquarters A
HM Prison Greenock A
HM Prison Cornton Vale A
HM Prison & YOI Polmont A
HM Prison Edinburgh A
HM Prison & YOI Grampian A
Scottish Prison Service College A

SOUTH WEST

Plymouth University Law School B
Alex Chalk MP, Constituency Office A
Exeter Crown and County Court A
PCC for Avon & Somerset B
Nelson Trust Women’s Centre B
High Sheriff of Berkshire B
HM Prison Eastwood Park B

WALES

Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law, University of Swansea B
Cardiff Crown Court A
Julie Morgan AM, Constituency Office A
School of Art, Aberystwyth University B
Caernarfon Justice Centre A
North Wales Women’s Centre B

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