Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides (coordinated by Amicus as part of Art for Amicus) will be at Temple Church (London EC4Y 7BB) from 29th November to 23rd February. Please refer to the Church's website or call them to confirm opening hours as these can vary.

Young non-profit organisation Who Decides, Inc. presents this exhibition, which covers more than 400 years of US death penalty history and comprises over 50 works of art through various media and perspectives. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides is a key component of Art for Amicus, a series of exhibitions of artwork by artists awaiting execution across the US.

It features the work of Kenneth Reams, who has been on death row in Arkansas since 1993 for a crime committed when he was 18, and Isabelle Watson, activist, Montpellier-based graphic artist and specialist curator of 3D visual arts. Their passion for the project has brought them together personally and artistically.

Who Decides, Inc.’s mission is to educate, using art, poetry and performance to spark critical dialogue. Reams has created pieces specifically about the practice and history of capital punishment in the US. The aim of this exhibition and of Art for Amicus is to highlight the importance of art to those in difficult circumstances and raise awareness of the human rights issues surrounding the use of the death penalty.

Kenneth Reams and Isabelle Watson welcome relevant artistic donations as the project moves forward. The ultimate goal is to build a national death penalty museum. For more information about Who Decides, Inc. visit www.whodecidesinc.org.

Reginald D Hunter was born in Georgia and grew up to be the fourth funniest person in his family. He tours regularly and is a staple of shows such as Have I Got News For You. Reginald's humour is sharp, intelligent and honest.


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 to see the programme.

We still welcome donations to support this event. See here for our dedicated page.

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Bob & Roberta Smith uses art for social change. A writer, musician, sculptor and activist, Bob is a former Tate trustee and current member of the Royal Academy. He firmly believes that art is a human right.
Art for Amicus is a series of travelling exhibitions of works from artists on death row in the United States. The focus is to:

  • Highlight the importance of the arts to those in difficult circumstances.
  • Raise awareness of the human rights issues surrounding the use of the death penalty.

As a former Amicus intern said upon her return to the UK, for many inmates "art is a lifeline".


19th-23rd September 2016 - Kingsley Napley

6th October 2016 - Shearman and Sterling

10th-16th October 2016 - Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre

17th-27th October 2016 - Lamb Buildings Chambers

17th-27th October 2016 - 9 Bedford Row Chambers

28th October 2016 - Ashurst

31st October - 4th November 2016 - Baker McKenzie

6th-18th November 2016 - Linklaters

7th-21st November 2016 - Doughty Street Chambers

21st-25th November 2016 - 39 Essex Chambers


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The exhibition includes works from artists on death row across the US, whose access to art materials differs from state to state. Many say that art has helped them in their time in confinement. All portraits by Josh Gabbatiss.