What’s it like having a loved-one in prison? The artworks in the 2018 Koestler Awards, created by ex-offenders, secure patients and detainees, were selected by families supporting someone inside.
Our exhibition shares works that speak to these families and illustrate their experiences. It demonstrates the diverse range of art, writing and music created by prisoners, secure patients and detainees, as well as those on community sentences across the UK.
The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best known prison arts charity. Each year, it encourages over 3,000 people within the criminal justice system, as well as secure forensic and immigration removal settings, to express themselves creatively, and learn new skills by entering work to the annual Koestler Awards.
Entrants are given written feedback, may win awards selected by high-profile experts or have their work showcased through publications, events and exhibitions. They can also benefit from the trust’s free mentoring and membership programmes.
I’m Still Here is the 11th exhibition produced in partnership with Southbank Centre, and follows last year’s exhibition Inside, curated by Antony Gormley.
Ex-prisoners specially recruited, trained and employed by the Koestler Trust work alongside Southbank Centre exhibition hosts to welcome visitors and invigilate the exhibition. These hosts offer first-hand insight on how the arts reflect and transform the lives of those in secure and criminal justice settings.