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27/10/2022 - 18/12/2022

Contemporary - Mixed Medium


Koestler Arts presents - FREEDOM

Mon-Tue: 10-6pm; Wed-Sun: 10-11pm

Koestler Arts presents their fifteenth Annual UK Exhibition in partnership with the Southbank Centre, curated by Chinese contemporary artist, documentarian, and activist, Ai Weiwei. 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the Koestler Awards and Ai Weiwei wants this landmark exhibition to be ‘the most ambitious yet’.

The volume of artworks on display in Freedom at the Southbank Centre is an immense celebration of artwork coming out of criminal justice settings.

Ai Weiwei’s design comprises of fifteen cell spaces that are based on the size of a typical cell in a UK prison, which roughly measures 1.8m by 3m. Each cell contains a multitude of work, with the smallest containing 78 and the largest containing 131. Alongside paintings and drawings, visitors will see artworks from a variety of artforms including calligraphy, graphic design, hairstyling and needlecraft.


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Southbank Belvedere Road, SE1