Reading Prison to host Oscar Wilde exhibition

WideEyedLeo

WideEyedLeo

2016-08-19 15:03:04

The famous Reading prison which once held Oscar Wilde is to open its doors to the public for the first time as part of an art project celebrating the great writer.

Wilde was sentenced to two years hard labor for 'gross indecency' after his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas went public and spent the majority of his sentence in Reading prison. 

The exhibition is entitled The Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison and will feature artworks by Steve McQueen and Wolfgang Tillmans alongside letters written especially for the event by the likes of Ai Weiwei and Jeanette Winterson. There will also be exclusive readings of the De Profundis by Patti Smith and Ralph Fiennes.

The event will run from the 4th of September until the 30th of October. 

 

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CurioLola

2016-08-22 11:20:40

I wonder what they will do with the building now it is closed down? Would be good to see it turned into a permanent art space




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