The annual Koestler Exhibition opened on 23rd September at the Royal Festival Hall and runs until 1st December.
The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity and has been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for over 50 years.
The Trust’s annual awards receive over 8,000 entries a year – inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, work for achievement and transform their lives. The national exhibition attracts 20,000 visitors – showing the public the talent and potential of offenders and people in secure settings.
This year’s exhibition has been curated by Speech Debelle, assisted by a number of ex-offenders.
Once again Shearman Bowen has sponsored a Platinum Award, and this year’s winning artwork ‘Forgive Me’ – painted by an inmate at HMP Garth – is shown below: