A client at Heatherwood Court has had a great result following entries into this year's Koestler Award, with confirmation received that her work 'Don't Be Quiet' has received a Gold Award and will be exhibited as part of the South Bank Exhibition in London later this year. Also her entry entitled 'Journey of Flight' has received a Highly Commended Award.
The exhibition Re:Form will open on Thursday 1 October til Sunday 29 November, located at The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Entry is FREE.
Re:Form is the UK's annual national showcase of arts by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. It is the eighth exhibition in an ongoing partnership between the Koestler Trust and Southbank Centre.
This year's show was curated by Southbank Centre and the Koestler Trust to showcase many of the pieces chosen for Koestler Awards by over 150 arts professional including Carol Ann Duffy, Speech Debelle, the BFI and Hot Chip. Specially commissioned texts by artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, curator and writer Shama Khanna, editor of Afterall Books Caroline Woodley and Koestler Award-winner Ben add insight and context.
Working alongside Southbank Centre exhibition hosts, to welcome visitors and invigilate the exhibition, are ex-offenders, specially recruited, trained and employed by the Koestler Trust. As well as gaining unique work experience and new skills, the hosts deepen visitors' engagement with the exhibition, enabling audiences to hear first-hand how the arts reflect and enrich the lives of people in secure and criminal justice settings.