UNLOCKED: Prison Art from HMP Leicester and beyond

UNLOCKED: Prison Art from HMP Leicester and beyond


14th September to 12th October 2018

This is a spilt site exhibition

at Soft Touch Arts, 50 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 6TF

and Leicester New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA

Opening times:

Monday-Friday 11am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm (Soft Touch is closed on Sundays)


This exhibition is a collection of works created by men serving sentences at HMP Leicester, HMP Stocken, and the now-closed HMP Glen Parva, as well as those who have completed their sentences and returned to their communities. Over a period of several months, arts workers Kieran Walsh and Lewis Buttery from Soft Touch Arts have worked with groups of prisoners to facilitate various arts projects with a view to exhibiting their work to the general public. Participants worked on a broad range of themes and in different media, while creating artworks that draw attention away from the usual visual surroundings of the prison environment and create a more peaceful and inspirational mood. The results are on display at Leicester Museum and at Soft Touch Arts. NB Audience feedback is a very important part of this exhibition so please feel free to leave your comments!