Annual UK Exhibition

Art by offenders is the UK's showcase of visual arts, film, music and writing by prisoners and others in secure settings.

Opening day 21st September
22 September -20 November

Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre, London


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Magistrates Association

The Koestler 2011 UK exhibition, 22 September  20 November, Opening Day 21 September 2011

Opened by Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service and John Thornhill, Chairman, Magistrates' Association


The Curators

Each year the exhibition is given a fresh perspective through a group curating project. This year's curators were volunteers from the Magistrates' Association, which is celebrating the 650th anniversary of the magistracy. The exhibition presents the art of offenders selected by the sentencers of offenders - a ground-breaking exploration of judgement, art and crime.
More on curating the exhibition

Exhibition Tours

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm, Saturdays 3pm
Free, no booking necessary

The curators have written captions about the artworks, and will be sharing their experiences through talks and tours throughout the exhibition's run.

Pop Up Art ShopThe SERCO
Pop-Up Art Sale

One of the best reasons to buy an artwork from a Koestler Trust exhibition is the beneficial effect your purchase will have on the artist. We see sales as a means of motivating offenders and secure patients to positive achievement, showing them that their skills can have real value.

What happens to the proceeds from the art sales?

  • 25% is donated to Victim Support
  • 50% goes to the artist
  • The remainder provides crucial income for the Koestler Trust.

Most Koestler entrants receive modest sums from our sales - typically £20 or £30. Many entrants also choose to donate all the money they raise to the Koestler Trust or may use some of the money for materials for the prison art room.

Visitor votes

Visitors had the chance to vote for their favourite pieces and write feedback and comments to the artists - voting cards were available at the exhibition.
Find out which artworks received the most votes

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