- Voices Out Loud, October 2019
- Koestler Curates, October and November 2019
- Mindful Tours, October 2019
- Voices from Prison, October 2019
- Open House, September 2019
- Another Me: Opening Day, September 2019
- Feedback Tuesdays and Fridays, July and August 2019
- Koestler Voices: Feedback Writing Day, June 2019
- Ben Howard in Concert for Koestler Arts, January 2019
- Koestler Arts Christmas Open House, December 2018
- Postcards from Prison, May 2018
Voices Out Loud
Another Me, Royal Festival Hall, October 2019
Actors from Synergy Theatre Project, with lived experience of the criminal justice system, performed texts by Koestler Awards entrants in the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 5 and Sunday 13 October.
Get your copy of our poetry anthology, with a foreword by George the Poet, here.
Royal Festival Hall
Two free lunchtime concerts in the Royal Festival Hall as part of our annual UK exhibition at Southbank Centre.
On Friday 11 October, The Pinnacle – the fourth band formed on The Irene Taylor Trust‘s Sounding Out programme – made their debut performance, playing original material. Listen here.
On Friday 1 November, The Liberty Choir, a community choir made up of those with lived experience of the criminal justice system and those without, performed a medley of songs. The choir runs programmes in prisons, engaging prisoners in the power of singing together.
Another Me, Royal Festival Hall, Saturday 19 October
Mindfulness practitioner and writer Lucia van der Drift of Limina Collective led two mindful tours of our UK exhibition Another Me.
In ‘Mindful Looking’, the group considered a mindful approach to the show before engaging with a selection of key visual pieces.
‘Mindful Writing’ responded to writing in our recently published poetry anthology, Koestler Voices: New Poetry from Prisons Vol 2.
Voices from Prison
Royal Festival Hall, Thursday 24 October 2019
An evening of performances of work from the 2019 Koestler Awards, as part of London Literature Festival, hosted by spoken word artist and Koestler Awards judge Wanda Canton.
Our annual Voices from Prison event showcased the unique and diverse work entered into the Koestler Awards on the occasion of our 2019 Southbank Centre exhibition, Another Me.
Entrants, Koestler mentors and judges, as well as arts professionals performed a range of thought-provoking poetry and spoken word pieces.
Open House 2019
Koestler Arts Centre, 21 – 22 September 2019
In September 2019, we opened the doors of the Koestler Arts Centre, as part of Open House London 2019.
Guests joined us to explore this historic building, at our headquarters in the former governor’s house at the gates of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs in West London, as well as paintings, sculptures, textile art, ceramics and much more from prisons, detention centers and secure hospitals across the country.
Find out more about Open House London here.
Another Me: Opening Day
Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, The Clore Ballroom
On the afternoon of Wednesday 18 September, we celebrated the opening of our annual UK exhibition, Another Me, curated by musician Soweto Kinch with a packed afternoon of speeches, tours, and a performance from the wonderful Liberty Choir in the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall. Visit the Southbank Centre website for more information.
Feedback Tuesdays and Fridays
Koestler Arts Centre, July and August 2019
Throughout July and August 2019, we ran feedback writing days on Tuesdays and Fridays at our office in West London. Volunteers joined us to write personalised feedback on visual, written and audio entries, including Sculpture, Spoken Word, Painting, Portrait and Craft.
We will also ran two Saturday feedback days on the 10th and 17th August.
A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help provide feedback for our 2019 entries. Your support is invaluable.
If you would like to know more about our feedback writing days, please contact Phoebe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Koestler Voices Feedback Writing Event
For National Writing Day, 26 June 2019
Each year we receive thousands of pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from prisoners of all levels of experience and ability. Each piece is personal and heartfelt, and we aim to write feedback to every entrant.
As part of National Writing Day 2019, we invited volunteers to help us achieve this by hand-writing clear, short, subjective feedback for all of our written entries.
Ben Howard in Concert for Koestler Arts
Birmingham Symphony Hall, 21 January 2019
In January 2019, singer-songwriter, musician and composer Ben Howard donated the profits of a special and intimate concert in Birmingham to Koestler Arts.
The concert was the last UK date of his Noonday Dream Tour.
Released in June 2018 to critical acclaim, Howard’s third full-length project Noonday Dream was produced by Howard himself and recorded in several studios between south west France and south west England.
The perfect setting for Howard’s distinct vocals, poetic lyricism, and his 9-piece orchestral band, and the most intimate venue of his UK tour, the beautiful Symphony Hall in Birmingham is widely considered one of the finest Concert Halls in the world. Home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, it also hosts the best in jazz, world music, folk, rock, pop and stand-up comedy.
Koestler Arts Christmas Open House
Koestler Arts Centre, Wednesday 19 December
An evening of mulled wine and mince pies at the Koestler Arts Centre. This event gave visitors the opportunity to look around our arts centre in West London and to buy original artworks as Christmas presents.
We also showcased the winners of our 2018 Christmas Card Competition, designed by our prison associates. Koestler Associates are people in prisons, secure hospitals and detention centres who have joined our membership scheme to receive regular updates and opportunities to support our work.
The winning design, by a prisoner at HMP Edinburgh, was printed in packs of 10 which were available to purchase for £10 at the event or online. Other entries to the competition were exclusively available at the event to purchase for £5 each as unique handmade cards.
Postcards from Prison
Sotheby’s London, Thursday 10 May 2018
An evening of champagne and canapés hosted by comedian Griff Rhys Jones at Sotheby’s, London.
40 original artworks on postcards by major British artists – including Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Alan Kane, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Mark Wallinger – were displayed alongside 120 postcards by prisoners from across the UK.
Each £100 ticket came with one lottery ticket, guaranteeing an original artwork from an artist either inside or outside prison, plus an invitation for two to join us for the evening at Sotheby’s.
The artwork was on display to the public from 9.30am – 4.30pm on Wednesday 9 May and Thursday 10 May.