“Visitors to Reading jail this autumn might encounter Patti Smith reading the four-and-a-half-hour entirety of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, or see new artworks by Steve McQueen, Nan Goldin or Marlene Dumas dotted around echoing corridors and empty cells.

Artangel announced on Thursday that it was taking over one of the most notorious prisons in the UK, the place where Wilde spent a harrowing, soul-destroying two years from 1895-97” (Guardian, 21 July 2016).

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