Koestler Awards

Inside: Art by offenders, secure patients and detainees

21 Sep 2017 – 15 Nov 2017

Antony Gormley, the renowned artist, curates an exhibition showcasing artwork produced in the UK’s prisons, secure hospitals and immigration removal centres, and by ex-offenders in the community.

This year’s show responds to the theme ‘Inside’, set by Gormley with input from prisoners, and aims to get people talking about the UK’s criminal justice system.

The artworks are selected from over 7,000 pieces of fine art, design, writing and music entered to this year’s Koestler Awards.

exhibition tours

Join one of our exhibition tours, led by ex-offender hosts trained and employed by the Koestler Trust.
Mon – Thur: 1.30pm & 6pm
Fri – Sun: 1.30pm, 4pm & 6pm
Free, no booking required

exhibition closures

The exhibition is closed for private events 5pm – 10pm on the following dates:
Sep: Wed 27
Oct: Tue 3, Mon 9, Tue 17, Thu 19, Mon 23, Tue 31
Nov: Thu 2

Koestler Pop-Up Art Shop

A chance to buy unique artworks entered into the Koestler Awards (with a donation to Victim Support) as well as Koestler Trust merchandise.

Every Sat & Sun 11am – 8pm

It’s a very sad thing if we think that art can only be found in art galleries and museums
Antony Gormley, curator

times & location

Open daily, 10am – 11pm
Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Entrance is free


don't miss

20 Sep
Celebrate the opening of Inside at this exhibition launch
11 Oct
Talks & Topics
Sculptor Antony Gormley discusses his experience of meeting prisoners and curating the Koestler Awards exhibition
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