Inside closed on Sunday 4 December, three months after it had been opened by Artangel as an artistic response to Oscar Wilde's nineteenth century incarceration in the prison.
The prison itself, and the story of Oscar Wilde’s time there, and the profile of some of the artists and writers Artangel were able to bring to the prison combined to create a unique and exceptionally attractive experience.
James Lingwood, Co-director of Artangel said: "There is – as countless numbers of visitors have told us over the last 3 months – an extraordinary opportunity for Reading here. In cultural terms – and putting aside Reading Festival - Reading Prison could be Reading’s USP. Internationally renowned, architecturally significant, culturally resonant with its link one of the most fascinating literary figures of the past 150 years as well as hugely significant in shifting cultural attitudes to celebrity and sexuality.. and it is extremely well located. Towns and cities around the world would kill for such exceptional possibilities."
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