7th November – 10th November 2019
Deptford Does Art Gallery, London
Dance Club at Scrubs is an exhibition celebrating the first edition of Dance Club, a dance and choreography course run at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
Supported by Arts Council England and Barnet, Enfield & Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, Dance Club endeavours to create a space for men in prison to improve communication skills, express themselves creatively and challenge negative masculine behaviours prevalent in prisons. Over eight weeks Helena Webb and co-facilitator Marc Stevenson have danced with a group of men at Wormwood Scrubs accessing the mental health provision there. The group have danced energetically, calmly, sensitively and with abandon. They have recorded their dances through drawn scores and audio descriptions.
The work from Dance Club is exhibited alongside pieces by artist and National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance steering group member Erika Flowers, who has lived experience of the criminal justice system.
On 10th November Erika will join other specialists in discussion on prison, masculinity and dance as a rehabilitation tool.
Image courtesy of Helena Webb