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Since 1962 the Koestler Awards have played a unique, national role in motivating prisoners, secure hospital patients and immigration detainees to take part in the arts. The Koestler Awards are simple and powerful – we reward achievement, build self-confidence and broaden horizons for some of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Our work harnesses the uniquely transformative power of the arts to help individuals learn the skills and gain the confidence to live creative, positive and productive lives. Each year we receive more than 7,000 entries from over 3,500 entrants across the UK in 52 categories. More than 2,000 Awards are granted by over 100 esteemed judges, and each year culminates in a curated exhibition at Southbank Centre which showcases the incredible power of the arts to transform lives.

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  • The Making of 'My Path'

The Making of ‘My Path: Art by people in the criminal justice system’

An online talk about the making of My Path, the first Koestler exhibition in Yorkshire

Wednesday 2 June 2021

13.00 – 14.00

In this virtual event, we discussed how the exhibition My Path: Art by people in the criminal justice system came together; from working with young people to curate the displays to installation at the Millennium Gallery.

We heard from our Arts Manager, Jo Tapp; Sarah Jane Palmer, the Sheffield-based artist who led the curation sessions; Jay Shortall, Youth Justice Officer at Sheffield Youth Justice Service; and Ashley Gallant, Project Curator at Sheffield Museums.

Watch a full recording of the event below.