Folk Archive project
Artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, who feature prison art in their Folk Archive project, were approached by the ICA to help the gallery connect with prison art. They also have high hopes for the show. “This will be the alternative Summer Exhibition,” says Deller. “In a way, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is about a middle-class Britain, and this is about the criminal class of Britain.” Kane, too, reads class issues into the exhibition. “Prison is the only place where working-class men are encouraged to make art,” he says.