Holloway Women’s Building Winners

The winners of the Make Space for Women competition have been announced – a stunning selection of bold and inspiring artwork. It took the judges hours of discussion to decide on the final winners – with 90 entries, ranging from paintings, photography, drawings, crochet and multimedia, to poetry and prose.

The competition was run by Community Plan for Holloway, which wants the former prison site developed for the community, including a proper Women’s Building. Holloway Prison was once the most infamous female jail in Europe, and was closed down in 2016.

Here is a selection of the winning works below. All winners and Special Commendations will feature on the Community Plan for Holloway site, and in an upcoming exhibition.


‘I hope this revolutionary project succeeds in order to give every single woman..a place to be free,’ Brigitte Mpela, joint first prize winner.


Winners, Young People aged 17-25

Untitled, by Brigitte Mpela


Why Do We Have To Fight For Space?  by Eva


Winner, Individuals

Legacy, by Sara Garcia Menendez


Winner, Primary Schools

Space, by a pupil at Ambler Primary School


Winners, Secondary Schools

We Are Not Objects, by Dilem Karakuya


Stand up now! by Alissa


Winner, Organisation

Letter, by Annie

Copyright belongs to each artist, permission has been given to share the winning entries and names.