Art Behind Bars

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Shepton Mallet Prison is delighted to announce and launch ‘Art Behind Bars’ – a cocktail of exhibitions inspired by the building and it’s place in our social history. We will also play host to those looking for a truly unique venue.

Event Overview

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Prison Residencies inspired by the aspects of the prison’s history is the very first event to take place and will run from 18th September to 3rd October.

This is no normal art exhibition – it is a living and breathing event and one visitors can totally immerse themselves in

Prison Residencies is maximising the benefits of showcasing the art in a real prison by allocating a cell to each artist creating, in effect, a series of studios

Ten of the thirteen artists will be on site in the prison’s historic C Wing. Rather than a regular static exhibition this one is progressive and ever changing; what you will see on day one will be different from what you will see on day 16!

You will be able to see the exhibition in C Wing and interact with the artists  – come and chat to them about their work. The art in progress will include a wide range of disciplines from textiles, film, writing, sculpture to paper art.

This exciting exhibition is suitable for all ages with something to enjoy and be inspired by  for both adults and children.

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Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge with booking in advance advisable. To book your tickets please select the book now button below.


Visit the Prison

Whilst visiting the exhibition why not extend your time behind bars and take in the rest of the prison with a guided or self -guided tour or even take on the challenge of an escape room in a real cell? To book tickets to visit the prison please go to the tickets page


There is a museum and shop onsite and hot and cold refreshments are available.




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If you have an event you’d like to host at the prison please use our contact form


For more information on the exhibition and the individual artists involved please visit the Prison Residencies Website

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