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Posts Tagged: HMP Grendon

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 »

A journey through the therapy looking glass

By James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon  “Grendon gives you enough time to talk and listen, in order to eventually work through all of the troubles that brought us to prison in the first place. The people here believe, despite how horrendous our pasts may have been, we can come to terms with our… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon Racing Thoughts No.3 Sketchbook image. Courtesy Dean Kelland “You forget where you are and feel normal for three hours.” 23,472 Minutes Simon adjusted the press with an adept skill and swiftness that spoke of his confidence and experience, “That’s all good to go then…much easier… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon Racing Thoughts No.2 “Elvis always wins…and you should know that!” 15,312 Minutes A sharp intake of breath, the fresh October air filled my lungs as I stood outside after another day and evening behind the fences. James was phoning the taxi company for the return… Read more »

Notes from HMP Grendon

By Dean Kelland, Ikon’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon      “Somewhere in my drawer upstairs I have an original Frank Sidebottom badge that she had given me years ago.” 6,120 Minutes First handover day…on the train from Birmingham Moor Street…mind racing and thinking through ways I can work. Three years is longer than I… Read more »

Starting work at HMP Grendon 

by James Latunji-Cockbill, Producer – Art at HMP Grendon                       This blog will give monthly updates on activity surrounding the new three year artist residency at HMP Grendon. Each month content will alternate between a project update and notes from the Artist in Residence. Over… Read more »

Art at HMP Grendon 2018

Art at HMP Grendon, the annual art exhibition was held at the prison on 27 November. The exhibition was organised by inmates of HMP Grendon under the supervision of artst-in-residence Edmund Clark. In addition to the men as well as the staff, the event was visited by over 65 invited guests. The event, held at… Read more »

HMP Cooking and Equality

HMP Cooking and Equality come from M James’ Crime, Love and Literature, a collection of a total of 21 poems, which received a Platinum Award at this year’s Koestler Awards. HMP Cooking I was raw from the gangster’s butchers On Poverty Street. Grilled in a police station, Packaged in a cell like meat, Seasoned up… Read more »

HMP Grendon at Koestler Awards 2018

32 artworks and written pieces submitted by inmates of HMP Grendon for the Koestler Trust annual arts award have received awards or commendations. This includes 20 commendations, 3 Bronze Awards, 4 Silver Awards, 3 Gold Awards, and 2 Platinum Awards for a matchstick model of Land Rover Defender 110 by Philip and a poetry collection entitled Crime, Love and Literature by… Read more »

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