Artangel, renowned for producing extraordinary art in unexpected places, is bringing a major exhibition to Reading this autumn. Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison will take place from 4 September to 30 October 2016.
Leading artists, performers and writers will respond to the architecture of the prison, themes of imprisonment and separation, and the work of the prison’s most famous inmate, Oscar Wilde. In the 1890s, Wilde was imprisoned in Reading Gaol after being sentenced to two years’ hard labour for homosexual practices.
Each Sunday in September and October, writers and performers including Neil Bartlett, Ralph Fiennes, Kathryn Hunter, Ragnar Kjartansson, Maxine Peake, Lemn Sissay, Patti Smith, Colm Tóibín and Ben Whishaw will pay homage to Wilde by reading De Profundis in its entirety in the prison chapel.
Reading residents can get involved with the exhibition as cultural ambassadors, welcoming visitors from around the UK and overseas. Reading UK CIC and RVA are currently recruiting volunteers to help run a unique mobile ‘Welcome to Reading’ arts installation based on the forecourt at Reading Station.
Photo courtesy of Getreading.