Dean Kelland is Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon, Buckinghamshire (2019-2023).
Funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

The focus of the residency is towards the development of artistic practice at HMP Grendon – that of Kelland and of the prison’s communities. For Kelland, the relationship between artist and prison is an exchange of ideas and practices, an ongoing dialogue that informs all aspects of the residency.

The project allows Kelland to facilitate practical workshops with the prison community, using materials and methods not normally seen inside prisons. This provision will be reinforced by the conversion of a dedicated workshop space inside HMP Grendon, launching June 2022.

Outputs for the project can be seen in the prison residents’ annual submission to the Koestler Awards – through Koestler Arts, the UK’s leading prison arts charity – as well as in annual exhibitions at HMP Grendon. The residency runs alongside a public programme of research symposiums and events at Ikon, allowing a platform for public discourse on arts practice in carceral settings.

Funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

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“I have a studio space at Grendon and all of the creative thinking and work in progress is discussed with the men there. This collaborative side of the project has been an unexpected and exciting part of the process so far. If possible I want the work I’m making to speak to, and for, the residents and this ongoing engagement in the studio is crucial to that end. Building relationships through the studio and by facilitating practical workshops with the Grendon community has been such a positive experience and I am thankful that they have welcomed me so readily, taken on board the ideas and embraced contemporary art practice so openly.”

Dean Kelland, Artist

Dean Kelland portrait
Image from Dean Kelland Grendon sketchbook


Kelland works across performance, photography and filmmaking. His practice touches on cultures of taste and histories of class in order to produce engaging observations on collective and mediated identities. Kelland has exhibited nationally and internationally with Ikon and undertaken residencies at New Art Gallery Walsall and the Birmingham & Midland Institute.

Kelland holds a PhD from Central Saint Martins (entitled Flawed Masculinities: “Rupturing” 1950s/60s/70s British Sitcom via a Performance-led Interdisciplinary Arts Practice) and is MA Fine Art course leader at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dean Kelland portrait


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HMP Grendon08.04.2022
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Notes from HMP Grendon
Racing Thoughts No.12
By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon. “What is a ‘good’ man? That’s still the question…”
HMP Grendon23.03.2022
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A journey through the therapy looking glass
Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees, features a monthly column by Nick London (a pseudonym) giving insight into the therapy undertaken at HMP Grendon. The latest issue demonstrates how Dean Kelland’s artist residency supports therapeutic practice at the prison
HMP Grendon12.10.2021
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Notes from HMP Grendon
Racing Thoughts No.10
By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon
HMP Grendon13.07.2021
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Watch now: Art at HMP Grendon
In this interview with Head of Clinical Services, Richard Shuker and Lead Creative Psychotherapist, Jo Augustus, Dean Kelland discusses the role of creative practice, the notion of community and the importance of group work at HMP Grendon in the context of the prison’s radical approach to therapy, which informs the artist residency.


Ikon first worked in partnership with HMP Grendon and the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust in 2014, with renowned artist Edmund Clark, who over a four-year programme (2014 – 2018), developed a new body of work culminating in an exhibition at Ikon in 2018.


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