Echoes of Holloway Prison: film screening
Echoes of Holloway Prison film screening + Postcards from Prison Diary presentation
Middlesex University’s Department of Criminology and Sociology are delighted to host this screening of Islington Heritage’s Echoes of Holloway Prison film and a presentation of artist Erika Flowers’ Postcards from Prison Diary. Please join us for a discussion of the impact of the closure of London’s HMP Holloway – the largest women’s prison in Western Europe – and women’s experience of imprisonment.
Echoes of Holloway Prison film screening and panel discussion
HMP Holloway closed in 2016. Echoes of Holloway is a moving and powerful film that tells the story of Holloway and the impact of its closure through the voices of formally imprisoned women, prison staff, and campaigners.
The Echoes of Holloway film was produced by volunteers working with Chocolate Films, as part of the Islington Heritage Echoes of Holloway Prison project. Find out more about the project through the Echoes of Holloway project website and follow on twitter @HollowayEchoes
Postcards from Prison Diary presentation
Artist Erika Flowers documented her experience of Holloway by drawing one postcard every day. Erika will present a selection of these postcards in a short presentation and commentary. This dynamic and absorbing presentation offers a sense of the everyday experience of the prison system and the challenges faced by women in prison.
Panel discussion and Q&A
The film and presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Roz Currie (curator – Islington Museum), Erika Flowers (artist), Mandy Ogunmokun (founder of Treasures Foundation) and Lottie Tempest Mountford (learning officer, Islington Museum). The event will be introduced and chaired by Rachel Seoighe and Carly Guest (lecturers in criminology and sociology, Middlesex University).
Panel members and organiser biographies
Roz Currie – Roz is the curator at Islington Museum and project manager of Echoes of Holloway Prison. Roz was recently shortlisted for the ‘Radical Changemaker’ at the Museum Association conference for the Echoes of Holloway Prison project. Her previous work has explored social inclusion, identity and radicalism in collaboration with communities at Islington Museum and previously at the Jewish Museum London and the Fusilier Museum, Tower of London.
Erika Flowers – Erika is a freelance artist and illustrator with lived experience of the criminal justice system, she has documented her story in the form of a postcard diary, drawing one a day. The collection runs to over 1400 images. This unique view of the prison system highlights some of the day-to-day life and difficulties facing women in the prison system, as well as documenting the historic closure of HMP Holloway. Follow Erika’s postcards on Instagram @postcardsfromprisondiary and see more of her work on her website.
Mandy Ogunmokun – Mandy is the founder of Treasures Foundation, which provides accommodation for women with a history of drug abuse and offending. Mandy uses her own experience of addiction and imprisonment to help and motivate others and has worked in Holloway as part of the Rapt Carat Team and Phoenix Futures Interventions team. In 2013 Mandy was awarded a Commendation of the Butlers Trust for her work with women in prison.
Lottie Tempest Mountford – Lottie is part of the learning team at Islington Museum and learning officer on the Echoes of Holloway Prison project.
Carly Guest – Carly is a lecturer in sociology (family and personal life) at Middlesex University. Her work is concerned with the everyday, personal, and intimate narratives and memories of political moments, movements and institutions. Working from a feminist perspective, she adopts creative, narrative research methodologies to explore the relationship between the personal and social and the collective nature of narrative and memory. Carly’s monograph Becoming Feminist: Narratives and Memoriesexplores women’s personal accounts of developing a feminist politics.
Rachel Seoighe – Rachel is a lecturer in criminology (human rights and criminal justice) at Middlesex University. Her book After the End: war, denial and nation-building in Sri Lanka was published in 2018 and explore nationalistic discourses and memories in Sri Lankan state crime and Tamil resistance. Her teaching addresses state punitive practice and human rights through an abolitionist and decolonial lens.
Carly and Rachel have been collaborating on a project exploring the closure of Holloway prison, drawing on the photographs, objects and other materials collected by Islington Heritage.
About the project
Echoes of Holloway Prison is a project run by Islington Heritageand funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Working alongside artists, academics, community volunteers, it captures the voices and memories of women, staff, and local Islington residents connected to Holloway.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Email Rachel Seoighe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carly Guest (email@example.com) with any queries.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The event takes place in the College Building of Middlesex University.
There is no parking available on site, except for blue badge holders (please contact us for details) and limited street parking in the local area. We recommend travelling by public transport where possible. The nearest underground station is Hendon Central (northern line) and the campus is a 10-15minute walk or short bus journey (326 or 143) from the station. You can find further details and download a printable map here.
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