Fine Cell Work’s 25th anniversary

26 is now involved in a major new project, working in partnership with a unique and vital charity. 

This is all about 26 for social change. It’s a story that begins with a prisoner stitching squares in a tiny cell and ends with extraordinary artwork on sale at Sotheby’s or quilts for three bereaved children stitched from their dad’s shirts. It’s the story of Joseph who learned his craft in a prison cell and today lives a good life with a good living as an upholsterer in London. It’s a story that broadens 26’s reach, from the Antarctic to Colombia, creating an impact socially, culturally and educationally and casting a light on a bleak and neglected part of society. 

Who? 

Fine Cell Work is a charity that works with prisoners to make beautiful handmade products. Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. The unique products they make are designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading designers and artists, are hand-produced in limited editions and sold to the general public, museums and collectors internationally. 

What? 

Working in partnership with Fine Cell Work, we are producing a beautiful illustrated book to celebrate and commemorate Fine Cell Work’s 25th Anniversary in 2022. There will also be an exhibition at one of London’s livery halls. 

How?

26ers are working alongside some of Fine Cell Work’s celebrated supporters to write the content for the book. It will include chapters on many of the wonderful products, with the human stories behind them, as well as shorter fragments of reflective prose and poetry and information about the charity’s achievements and history – all beautifully illustrated. 

There’ll be more information about the project as it progresses. 

From the project team, Elise, Fiona, Sue and Wendy. 

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