Annual UK Exhibition

Our annual UK exhibition, in partnership with London’s Southbank Centre, includes entries to the year’s Koestler Awards from across the UK, and from British prisoners abroad.

This year we have been working hard to ensure that we still reflect the voices of prisoners from across the UK in autumn 2020. We know it’s more important than ever to showcase our entrants, even though it will need to be very different. We are now working to produce a powerful installation across the outdoor spaces of the Southbank Centre. No Lockdown in the Imagination will run from 12 November – 13 December 2020. Read more.

Our usual exhibition programme includes talks, performances, a pop-up shop, tours and open days for the families of exhibited artists.

Since 2013, the UK exhibition has been presented to the public by ex-prisoner exhibition hosts, specially trained and recruited to lead tours and answer questions about the artwork and criminal justice system.

Each year we take a new approach to the curation, in order to bring new perspectives to the selection and interpretation of the work.

Past curators have included Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, Benjamin Zephaniah, Speech Debelle, Soweto Kinch, the families of prisoners, victims of crime, serving female prisoners and graduates of our mentoring programmes.