Beyond the Door
The Koestler Exhibition for the West Midlands
Curated by young people from Walsall Youth Justice Service
13 Jan – 26 Mar 2017
Beyond the Door is an exhibition of artwork, writing and music from prisons, secure hospitals, and by people on community sentences in the West Midlands.
A different group or individual is invited to curate each Koestler Trust exhibition, selecting the exhibits from submissions to the annual Koestler Awards and giving every show a unique look and voice. For Beyond the Door, a group of young people under the supervision of Walsall Youth Justice Service volunteered to take on the challenge of curating the exhibition, with support and guidance from the Koestler Trust and mac birmingham.
The curating project involved a number of workshop sessions that included art and music activities. The young people learned about curating, engaged with a range of artwork and met arts professionals, before carefully considering over 500 entries from the West Midlands to the 2016 Koestler Awards. They worked together to select the final pieces for the exhibition and decided on themes and layout.
Curating the Koestler West Midlands exhibition gave our young people the chance to engage in the arts and contribute to their rehabilitation. Using the arts as a channel helps bring young people back into education, training or employment.
Being involved in this activity has actually inspired me to do art, it was a good opportunity to work with others and appreciate different forms of art.
Cannon Hill Park
13 January – 26 March 2017
Daily 9am – 9.45pm
Walsall Youth Justice Service
With additional support from
Grantham Yorke Trust, Jonnie Turpie High Sheriff of the West Midlands 2015–16, Malvern Hills Decorative and Fine Arts Society