Criminal Quilts

Criminal Quilts is an art & heritage project inspired by photographs and documents relating to women held in Stafford Prison 1877-1916, created and developed by me in partnership with Staffordshire Record Office. Following a period as Artist in Residence at Staffordshire Record Office, I have created a touring exhibition and book of the project.

Criminal Quilts is currently on exhibition at The University of Wolverhampton until 18th January 2019. Free talk Weds 21st November 5pm.

The exhibition will tour in 2019 and 2020 including Northumbria University, Brampton Museum Newcastle under Lyme, Nottingham, Yorkshire and Dorset. I am working on more venues too.

The Criminal Quilts book is an 80 page illustrated book of the project, covering the history of the photographs and the creative work inspired by them. Written by Ruth Singer. The book is available here.

Find out more in the film and explore the different aspects of the project using the links below the pictures.


Criminal Quilts has many different strands:

 Archive & historical research 

Volunteer project doing archive research and creative activities

Creative residency at Wolverhampton University to create large-scale new work

Opportunities for students and communities to create artwork inspired by the research

A history display for Staffordshire libraries called Criminal Herstories

Creation of my own new artwork 

Three exhibitions in 2018 and more in 2019 onwards

A book about the project containing both artwork and research

Working with community groups in Staffordshire who have limited access to art projects

Workshops, talks and events around Staffordshire and beyond

An academic symposium with Wolverhampton University

A short documentary film about the project

Blog posts documenting research and creative work

Talk and Masterclass at Festival of Quilts


Criminal Quilts exhibitions

Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton on Trent  8 September – 27 October

Wolverhampton University 1 November 2018 – 4 January 2019

More information about the exhibitions here.


Project background




This project has been funded by Arts Council England, Staffordshire County Council and Brewhouse Art Centre.