‘We got to learn something new, and I don’t think it gets much better than that’
Holloway Prison has been an important landmark in Islington for over 150 years. Thousands of women have passed through the prison, but there are many voices which remain unknown and unrecorded. Islington Heritage Service has led a Heritage Lottery funded project to capture stories of this highly significant place.
As part of this project a group of young people at Platform Youth Hub have investigated these stories with artist Alice May Williams and staff from Islington Museum.
The young artists began by exploring the history of protest and social injustice tied up in Holloway’s story. They then produced protest art, sharing the issues they care most deeply about, and re-imagined the site of Holloway Prison for the future –in particular offering support to local women.
The young artists produced a thoughtful display celebrating the DIY aesthetic of protest, showcasing the issues they feel passionate about with flair and insight.
The young people’s display accompanies the Echoes of Holloway Prison Exhibition at Islington Museum until the 8th October 2018.