29/10/2021 - 05/12/2021

New Work - Mixed Medium

Koestler Arts presents - The I and the We

Koestler Arts (formerly Koestler Trust) is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. Each year Koestler Arts encourages thousands of people within the criminal justice system to express themselves creatively, and learn new skills, by entering work into the annual Koestler Awards.

The exhibition will showcase artwork by people across the UK’s criminal justice system which was entered into the 2021 Koestler Awards. The charity aims to help prisoners, secure patients and detainees lead more positive lives by supporting them to participate and achieve in the arts. Their exhibitions increase public awareness and understanding of art by people in the criminal justice system, ultimately reframing the way we see prisoners, and allowing them a creative voice in a system that can often be silencing.

“In an environment which alternates between clinical brightness and a dreadful darkness, Koestler brings permission for colour, texture and light. Every prisoner should be given a brush and told to make a mark – perhaps then less would return” comments a previously exhibited artist.


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