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Art Behind Bars

Creativity in Britain's Prisons

by Magdalen Evans

Monday 16th January 2023

Magdalen visits prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs to teach them creative skills. This talk explains her work and examines the huge range of arts and crafts produced with very limited materials, including fine needlework, models, porcelain, sculptures and paintings. She will also tell us about the important role of the arts in these difficult surroundings.


Magdalen Evans studied history of art at UEA and worked in London galleries for fifteen years. Since then she has been organising exhibitions and writing articles, concentrating on women artists. A contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and to BBC Woman's Hour, she also works with charities that help ex-offenders through art and education. Her book on Marianne Stokes and her English landscape painter husband Adrian Stokes RA was published recently and she has lectured for many organisations. 

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