Remote/Virtual residency with Prison Residencies

Prison Res­i­den­cies is pleased to announce its virtual/​online res­i­den­cy pro­gramme. Exam­in­ing Vic­to­ri­an women’s prison sys­tem with­in the UK.

11:59 18/03/22
Contact Name
Amanda Lynch and Luminara Florescu
Prison Residencies is pleased to announce its virtual/online residency programme. Examining Victorian women’s prison system within the UK, this residency will give you insight into the history of the women who served time at Shepton Mallet Prison, Somerset now a decommissioned prison. We will cover, sentences served, who served them, the lost identities of the women. The residency will also explore what and how the prison system works today and where your research from this residency can lead from here. This residency is aimed to be just a starting point for ongoing research if desired.

Deadline to apply: 18/03/2022 midnight

This residency is open to all artists, researchers, or anyone who has a keen interest in Victorian women’s prison history. This residency is self-directed with prompts as guides from the organisers. You will be encouraged to make a body of work, writing, research over the course of this residency.

Who is this for:
Prison Residencies are aimed at self-motivated artists, writers, and researchers at any stage of their career, for anyone who wants to develop and explore their practice working on an unresearched part of history, Women’s Victorian Prisons. Open to anyone over 18, if you have any access needs this is not a barrier, please include this within your application.

£500.00 per artist
*A limited number of concessionary places are available for those who would
struggle to pay the full cost of the residency. Please contact the curators via
email: to inquire further.

A four-week virtual residency programme running 02/04/2022 – 23/04/2022 lead by Amanda Lynch and Luminara Florescu. We will be having weekly zoom meetings every Saturday 3:30pm – 6:60pm including breaks. Within these weekly zoom sessions, you will have two guest speakers each week. These meetings will be recorded for later access.

Over the four weeks our guest speakers will include:

Week 1 (2/04/22):
Dave Cable- Introduction into Victorian women’s prison system at Shepton Mallet and how research is conducted today.

Week 2 (9/04/2022):
Dave Cable – Shepton Mallet Prison Historian and genealogist.
South West archives, Taunton, Somerset, Discussing Shepton Mallet archives, this is to give insight into how an archive is stored, used, and accessed by the public.

Week 3 (16/04/2022):
Niki Gibbs – Artist and activist for Holloway prison to gain a Women’s house for support of women.
Women’s House -

Gary Mansfield- Artist, curator, and podcast host of Ministry of Arts. Gary is also Koestler Arts board member.

Week 4 (23/04/2022)
Dr Eleanor March - is an interdisciplinary prisons researcher, working on the ESRC-funded Persistent Prisons project. She researches cultural representations of the prison, with a particular interest in prisoner writing, prison fiction. Maurice Gee- Now retired Prison officer of 33 years, Maurice will be speaking about his experience within the prison systems of the modern day.

Week 5 (30/04/2022)
A round-up of your experience what you have made and feedback. This session will be a maximum of two hours.

​How to apply:
Please send your application to and include:
Why you would like to take part in this residency programme?
What work do you hope to create/focus on during the residency?
Any previous experience of the residency subject matter.
A short bio and links to your website, social media or previous work and C.V.