Fine Cell Work
Fine Cell Work is a charity and social enterprise, founded by Lady Anne Tree in 1997 with the aim to enable prisoners to develop new skills, earn and save some money and to acquire the self-belief to stop offending. Currently working in 30 prisons across the UK, they work with 250 prisoners at any one time.
The work produced in prison includes stitching needlepoint and embroidered cushions, bags, wall hangings and quilts. Products are of a superb quality as prisoners are taught by experienced volunteers, including members of the Embroiderers and Quilters Guild. Design collaborators include Kit Kemp, Ben Pentreath, John Stefanidis and the late Melissa Wyndham. Kit Kemp has expanded the interior design portfolio to include upholstered furniture.
The work is sold around the world. Some pieces are interior design commissions, others heritage pieces for the likes of the V&A, English Heritage, Tate Modern, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales.
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Fine Cell Work and National Lottery funding to open a new employment hub in London.