Over the past two years, restrictions permitting, we have been giving people the opportunity to come onto the site for a variety of uses; from artists and photographers to fire and police services, the buildings and gardens have been busy places at times.

So far, the site has been used for:

Services and support

• Metropolitan police training
• London Fire Brigade training
• A homeless shelter

Arts and community

• ‘Photographer days’ – open days for photographers to come and take photos of the site
• Photography, illustrations, and an art installation by local artist
• Photography with Peter Dazely
• Photography with Frances Ware
• Photography and film with local artist who neighbours the site
• A mural by Alistair Lambert in collaboration with year 5 children at the nearby Tufnell Park Primary School
• Site specific theatre performances by Mountview MA Theatre students in autumn 2020 and autumn 2021
• Filming with women with lived experience by Power Play and Back Scatter
• A film shoot for a short film based on mental health & climate change

Site tours

There have been well over 100 site tours for neighbours and interested parties, including:

• Women with lived experience
• Family members of former inmates
• People who worked and volunteered at Holloway prison
• Residents neighbouring the site
• Greater London Authority members
• Greater London Authority officers
• Islington councillors
• The Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development
• The general public

We will be closing the prison for the winter period due to weather conditions and health and safety.

However, we are looking forward to welcoming new meanwhile uses in spring 2022 so watch out for opportunities to put forward your ideas in the new year.


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By |2021-12-08T15:41:08+00:00December 3rd, 2021|News|