To coincide with The End of the Sentence, Judy Price will chair a discussion between Mo Mansfield and Mandy Ogunmokun on the issues affecting women in prison, the impact of the recent closure of HMP Holloway and their involvement with the coalition group Reclaim Holloway, which has been campaigning for a Women’s Building to be included in the site’s redevelopment since the prison’s closure in 2016.
The Women’s Building would be a service hub helping vulnerable women stay out of the criminal justice system, a transformational space for the local community, and a positive legacy for the thousands of women held in HMP Holloway. The 10-acre former prison site was purchased by Peabody Trust in 2019, and there is a consultation currently underway to determine how the Women’s Building will be delivered. Reclaim Holloway are working closely with Peabody, Islington Council, the Community Plan For Holloway (CPFH) and grassroots organisations, and you can find out more information about their campaign here: http://reclaimholloway.mystrikingly.com/
The discussion will be held 4-6pm in the Stanley Picker Gallery lobby, followed by a late opening 6-8pm with drinks as part of Kingston After Dark.
Mo Mansfield is a community organiser, advocate and feminist campaigner for prison abolition. She has over 15 years experience working in the voluntary sector in both front-line and management positions at organisations such asWomen at WISH, Women In Prison and the Women’s Resource Centre and currently works on Family Participation at INQUEST. Much of her work has focussed on providing independent support to criminalised women from a social justice perspective. She is member of the Reclaim Justice Network;Reclaim Holloway; and is co-founder of the Holloway Prison Stories website. Mo was also part of the organising committee for Abolitionist Futures: the International Conference on Penal Abolition held in London in June 2018. Mo recently completed a MSc focussed on improving services for people with personality disorders. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative at the Open University.
Mandy Ogunmokun was born into a dysfunctional family with a mother who had numerous issues with substance abuse, depression, self-harm and prostitution. Having worked to become clean from her own addictions, Mandy joined the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust in September of 2005 as a CARAT worker in HMP Holloway offering support in all areas of social issues as well as substance abuse. She became a senior worker within 3 years organising her own team of staff. Mandy has used her own journey of drug addiction and prison to inspire and motivate others and became an ambassador for both the Rapt Carat Team and the Phoenix Futures Interventions. In 2012, Mandy was awarded the honour of carrying the Olympic Touch to the Guildhall Hall and in 2013 earned a Commendation for the Butlers Trust for her dedication and skill in addressing the needs of women prisoners with substance misuse problems, going: “above and beyond her role’ to provide guidance and help for the women at HMP Holloway. In 2011, she established the Treasures Foundation to aid women with substance misuse issues and housing needs. Three years later her tenacity and vision has created three connecting houses located in East London that are staffed day and night to provide continuous individual support to up to nine women. Mandy continues to connect with women’s prisons and help women find the treasures in themselves.
Judy Price is a London-based artist who works in photography, moving image, sound and installation. Her practice involves extensive field research where she often draws on images and sounds from archival sources, as well as from a sustained study of place to explore sites and locations that are interweaved and striated by multiple histories, economies and forces. She is course leader for MA Photography at Kingston School of Art and senior lecturer in BA Moving Image at the University of Brighton. Recent solo exhibitions include Mosaic Rooms, London; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Wingsford Arts, Suffolk; Stiftelsen 3,14 and USF Centre, Bergen, Norway. Group exhibitions and screenings include Delfina Foundation, Imperial War Museum, Barbican, ICA and Whitechapel Gallery. Price is an active member of Reclaim Holloway.