One Year



Artist Statement-one-year

Using photography, film and poetry, One Year explores the real life experiences of an inmate who spent 2016 in HM Prison Dartmoor.

This project is shaped by Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia: a world within a world to which people do not go by choice but are placed there, like a prison or a care home. Unlike utopias or dystopias, which are imaginary concepts, heterotopias are real.

Ironically, the prison walls which separate also unite the inside with the outside, in this case, through a correspondence with Ian, a 50-year-old friend and local preacher who was incarcerated for a crime he had committed in his mid-teens. His learning and personal development reveal a particularly acute sense of place and time.

These letters, written from ‘inside’, paint an underrepresented picture of the UK prison system by the media to the ‘outside’.

The sense of place evident in Ian’s letters also shows an awareness that the world outside the prison walls was changing over time.

The organic and mineral material used in this project came from outside HM Prison Dartmoor and, in the case of the Handkerchief Tree, from Ian’s hometown, thirty miles away.

This work plays with truth and fiction in that, as working prisons are not open to the general public, the images in this body of work were made in recently decommissioned Victorian prisons which were open to the public and similar to HM Prison Dartmoor.

Anna Goodchild




This is the press release for the exhibition of this work which took place from 1st July – 12th July, 2019, at the Devonport Guild Hall, Plymouth:

Press release for publication

February 9 72dpiApril kitchen 72dpiFeb 9 chapel 2 72dpi

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© Anna Goodchild 2019


One Year: Doing Time

A filmic exploration of visual metaphors concerned with rhythms, cycles and links between the internal and the external. © Anna Goodchild 2019



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