Dean Stalham

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Dean Stalham (born c. 1963)[1] is a British self-taught artist, playwright[2] and community activist from North London.[3] He has spent time in prison for handling stolen artworks.[4]

Whilst serving time in Wandsworth Prison he won a prize for his art from the Koestler Trust.[5]

He founded the Art Saves Lives charitable organisation in 2007.[3]

In 2010 he wrote a play, God Don't Live on a Council Estate, and staged it using a tiny budget in an old council office building in New Cross.[6] described it as "an emotionally gripping and riveting production",[2] while called it "different" and "of high quality".[6]


  1. ^ Johnny McDevitt. "Prison art: Art from behind closed doors | Art and design". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  2. ^ a b "God Don't Live on a Council Estate - Reviews - 28 Jul 2010". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  3. ^ a b "Interview: Dean Stalham, Art Saves Lives". 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  4. ^ McDevitt, Johnny (9 April 2009). "Ex-thief is aiming to steal the Chelsea Flower Show". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  5. ^ Nick Curtis (2010-07-29). "Dean Stalham: Art saved my life - Theatre". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  6. ^ a b "The real crisis in the arts is not funding | Stage". 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2015-03-17.