*New project klaxon* We’re very excited to announce a major new project for 26, working in partnership with a unique and vital charity. Interested? Read on for more details and how to get involved.
If you believe in the importance of
making a difference, here’s a project that might interest you. 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 L 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
will broaden 26’s reach beyond London, from the Antarctic to Colombia, creating
an impact socially, culturally and educationally and casting a light on a bleak
and neglected part of society.
Fine Cell Work is a
charity that makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. 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
A mega project featuring an
illustrated hardback book and exhibition at one of London’s livery halls to
commemorate Fine Cell Work’s 25th Anniversary.
How can you get involved?
You’ll be in excellent company.
Alongside other 26ers, a number of renowned authors will be contributing. There’s
a chance for 26ers with different skills to get involved:
writers – to write 800/1000 words of journalism/prose on a ‘hero product’, a
stitched artwork, with the human stories behind it, perhaps the commissioning
client, a volunteer or ex-prisoner
– to take responsibility for a group of writers, editing and fine-tuning their
responsible for timeline – key moments from the last 25 years
– to make sure the book is clean and correct
storyteller – to gather and write up the critical data and KPIs
– to write fragments to be woven throughout the book
managers – to oversee the smooth running of the project.
Beyond the pages of the book there
will be further writing opportunities as the project develops.
Fine Cell Work’s 25th Anniversary is
in May 2022, which is when the exhibition will take place. Leading up to that:
your application to the team by 26 January
role will be allocated in March 2020
get your full briefing mid 2020
process takes place in early 2021.
How to apply
In the first instance, we invite you
to send us a 250-word pitch on why you’d like to be part of the project. Please
say which roles interest you. (There may be more than one.) Beyond talent, it
would help us to have a sense of your community spirit and awareness. We’re
interested to hear if you have experience as a volunteer or in the charity
sector. Perhaps you’ve worked with the prison community before. Please also
send us a piece of your writing that you’re proud of (500-1000 words in
length). This is a selective project and not everyone will get to be involved.
Good luck with your pitch. Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with Fine Cell Work in the subject line.
From The Fine Cell Network team, Elise, Fiona, Sue, Wendy and Elen
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