The art awards scheme for offenders, secure patients and detainees

We’re the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. We’ve been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for over 55 years.

Our awards receive over 7,000 entries a year – inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, work towards positive achievements and transform their lives. Our national exhibition attracts 20,000 visitors – showing the public the talent and potential of offenders and people in secure settings.

We have no endowment or capital – our work depends entirely on donations.

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Self-Harm: The Past, HM Prison Frankland, Platinum Award for Painting, 2015
Installation view of LOUD! at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art



5 Feb — 12 Mar 2016

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Quay Gallery, Level 2
Gateshead Quays
South Shore Road NE8 3BA
The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road
Gateshead NE8 4LN
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LOUD! Brochure: Click to download

LOUD! is an exhibition of artwork from prisons and secure hospitals in the North East of England. It features an extensive range of artwork including painting, drawing, sculpture, and creative writing from entries to the 2015 Koestler Awards.

This exhibition has been curated by students of the Behaviour Support Service, Gateshead, with guidance from artist Paul Merrick. The intensive project allowed the curators to engage with a range of fine art, meet arts professionals and work as a group to put together a beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition. With the guidance of curators and artists from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library and the Koestler Trust, the curators have selected works that explore themes of home, conflict, freedom and escapism.





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