The rehabilitative power of stitching – fine cell work

The rehabilitative power of stitching – Fine Cell Work 

1.30pm start 

Intricate needlework being produced in prison is not an obvious association, yet through Fine Cell Work, this is happening in prisons across the UK every single day. Hear first-hand from one of the organisation’s volunteers just how the therapeutic aspect of stitching is helping the most complex of characters to find purpose, learn skills they didn’t know they had and foster the hope and self-belief to live a crime-free life.

A selection of products which have been handmade in prison will be available to buy at the festival.

About Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work is a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. Our unique products have been designed in collaboration with some of the leading contemporary designers and are all hand-produced in limited editions.

Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. They are trained by volunteers before carrying out their work in-cell and in prison workshops. We also provide post-prison support upon release. At our London-based community hub we provide work experience, formal training and employment to ex-prisoners, with the aim of getting them back into work.

All talks are in the Long Kiln Gallery and are free to attend with a thread ticket. Places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.Timings are approximate and subject to change.