5 March 2021

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Banksy Paints Escaping Oscar Wilde Mural For LGBTQ+ History Month

Banksy has confirmed that he was behind an artwork that appeared on a wall at HM Reading Prison earlier in the week.

24 April 2017

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13 December 2016

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Oscar Wilde Portrait Returns To UK After 100 Year Hiatus

Oscar Wilde’s prized full-length portrait by Robert Harper Pennington which took pride of place in his marital home is to return to the UK, this spring when Tate Britain will host the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art.

1 September 2016

Inside: Artangel Reimagines Reading Gaol As A 21st Century Art Gallery

Artangel has created what is likely to be the most thought-provoking exhibition of 2016. Known mostly for their solo projects, this is a rare group show and not only includes well-known visual artists but also a number of writers and poets. The concept centres around the notion of separation and what better a place for this, than […]

30 August 2016

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Oscar Wilde Honoured With Major Exhibitions In Paris and Reading

Two major exhibitions honouring the Irish novelist, playwright, and poet Oscar Wilde, one in Paris, one in Reading, UK will open next month. Paris was the city of his death in 1900 and he is famously buried in Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery within a mausoleum designed by the Modern British sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein. The other exhibition is a group […]

21 July 2016

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Inside: Artists, Writers and Readers

HM Prison Reading opens its doors to the public for the first time in its 170 year history. Inspired by the experience of the jail’s most infamous inmate, Oscar Wilde, artists, writers and performers have been invited by Artangel to create new works in response.  Artists include Ai Weiwei, Nan Goldin. Steve McQueen and Marlene […]

21 July 2016

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Oscar Wilde Explored By Leading Artists At HM Prison Reading

A new Artangel  project will allow the public to enter inside HM Prison Reading, for the first time in its 170 year history. Artists, writers, and performers will use the confined spaces to explore their interests in the infamous Oscar Wilde. The Irish born playwright is perhaps the most notorious prisoner to serve time in the […]