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Hannah Jane Walker, Residents at HMP Low Newton, Neon Workshops (UK)

Location: Clayport Library

A message in neon lights from women in prison.

In 2019, Artichoke commissioned the poet, Hannah Jane Walker, to collaborate with women at HMP Low Newton in a series of writing workshops exploring their own poetic voices. The phrase was chosen by the group for Durham Library as a thoughtful, inspiring message for the future. 

Sculpted in neon by Neon Workshops, the artwork became a permanent fixture in the city centre after Lumiere 2019.


About Hannah Jane Walker 

Hannah Jane Walker is a poet and theatre maker. Her poems are funny, sharp and conversational. She has written for The Guardian and BBC Radio 4 and is currently Associate Artist for the National Centre for Writing.


About Neon Workshops

Founded by the artist Richard William Wheater, Neon Workshops specialise in the development and manufacturing of neon lighting for the creative industry. 

Neon Workshops host an annual exhibition programme of neon related work in their gallery spaces, as well as one of the UK’s largest resource libraries on the subject.

Image credit: The Next Page, Hannah Jane Walker in collaboration with Neon Workshops and residents at HMP Low Newton. Photo by Matthew Andrews

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installation for personal use, the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.


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