2013 - 130 Years of Barlinnie

This is an interesting project we currently have ongoing. Theatre Nemo in conjunction with Smithycroft School and Barlinnie Prison are pulling their resources together to chart the journey of Barlinnie, as a building, as a prison as a foreboding beast within its surrounding community. We will be explore the impact Barlinnie has had not only those who spent time there but as staff, the effect this has had on families and how it has been perceived within the community.

Our first mentee, making his debut at the exhibition.


Stage One: A Living History

This 10 week block explored the participant's own Glasgow, places of relevance and influence in their own history, leading to how they've ended up in HMP Barlinnie. Also throughout this project, exploring facts and statistics from Barlinnies history in terms of the building itself and how many people have been there, for how long, and for what reason. Many interesting and sad facts have come to light. The social demographic, poverty and incomplete education are strong factors when assessing the outcome of the data. As a large percentage of prisoners come from this demographic which is also influential when studying re-offender rates.

This culminated in an Exhibition on the 25th April within Barlinnie showcasing artwork, visual art and audio. Theatre Nemo have also begun a Mentorship Programme, which is being offered to participants at the end of their engagement with our creative arts projects.

STV documented some the exhibition. Click this link to see it.

We are gathering as much information as possible about it, hopefully with your help too. If you or any older family members have stories, pictures, newspaper clippings or even video footage we would love to hear from you.

We've set up a blog, where you can read about the progress or add to it yourself. Click on the logo below for our blog.