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Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.10   “…in one way or another we’ve been wearing masks all our lives.” 42,169 Minutes “Oh, you can have that.” I was clutching the painting that had been returned from Koestler whilst I stood in the doorway of his cell. “Are you… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.9 “I will be your Jodie Comer!” 39,528 Minutes The topless man with the nappy like shorts circled the old football pitch at a steady pace. His ageing leathery skin glistened in the heat, he just ran and ran, lap after lap, circling… Read more »

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. Kelland is Ikon’s… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.8 “How much is too much masculinity?” 37,003 Minutes I cupped my hand over my mouth and tried to quash the unexpected howl that was squealing out of me. She had been in hospital for a week now and whilst I thought that… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.7 “What does an inner-city Birmingham boy know about landscapes?” 36,375 Minutes I glanced over at the clock. It digitally danced 02:16 and after confirming the time I returned my gaze to the view out of the bedroom window. I can see the… Read more »

Koestler Awards 2020

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon This year’s Koestler Awards include a number of awards for submissions from HMP Grendon. We are delighted to receive a Platinum award for a submission of ten prints made in workshops at Grendon at the beginning of the year, under the instruction of Dr Simon J… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.6 “Normality is man’s attempt to cover up disorder.” 36,375 Minutes I re-read the text message that I had composed in order to check for any errors before pressing send. ‘Hi James – I have to work tomorrow (I’m back in the School… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon  Racing Thoughts No.5   “I spent the last week picking up oddly shaped pebbles…”   34,007 Minutes   “Are you trying to get rid of me?” I smiled to myself as the teabags floated to the top of the mugs. She had decaf Yorkshire and I’d developed the habit of… Read more »

Prison championing art

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon “Having the chance to exhibit my work whilst paying homage to the person that made it possible left me feeling elated. It is an opportunity I have never known in any other jail.” This month, artist Dean Kelland’s residency at HMP Grendon features in an article in… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon Racing Thoughts No.4 “I am a great thief of tender moments.” 31,639 Minutes My cat is called ‘Steve Marriott’ and it seemed appropriate that, as I sat at the laptop typing with the sound of The Small Faces flowing joyously from the speakers, he would… Read more »

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